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Greta Mart

City officials are asking Unalaska residents to stop by City Hall Monday evening to speak their minds on the topic of commercial sales of marijuana. Council members want the public to weigh in on whether to allow one or more retail marijuana stores to open on the island.

Unlike the structured, informational format of the town hall hosted by city employees in early November, Monday's meeting will be more of a listening session for council members.

The city council met Tuesday for its last session of 2015. With a relatively light agenda, and no controversial hearings or ordinances in the line up, council members breezed through the meeting in less than 40 minutes. 

The council approved an ordinance to allow local bars to start serving food at 8 a.m. on Sundays.

On the consent calendar was a vote on a new method for divvying up next year's shared fisheries business tax program.

Lights Out In Unalaska

Dec 16, 2015
Greta Mart

A power outage Tuesday night affected hundreds of residents on Unalaska Island. The electric grid shut down just after 5 p.m. and the outage lasted for approximately two and a half hours.

Unalaska Public Utilities Director Dan Winters said the cause was likely sourced from some newly installed equipment at the Alyeska seafood plant.

Grande Picked To Lead City Planning

Dec 15, 2015
Courtesy of Anthony Grande

  The new head of the Unalaska Planning Department is Anthony Grande.

Grande was named planning director this week. He fills the position after the former planning director, Erin Reinders, was named assistant city manager earlier this month.

Grande came to Unalaska in 2013 to take a job as planning administrator.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Grande started his university days studying geography and math. But after deciding to go into planning, he earned a master's in urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Greta Mart

The topic of commercial marijuana sales in Unalaska attracted a handful of residents to speak their minds at this week's city council meeting. As was the case during a similar work session at the Nov. 24 council meeting, there were strong opinions on both sides of the argument.

Roughly half of those who spoke up want the council to pass a resolution banning any retail marijuana stores from opening on the island. The other half called for the council to take no action. That would allow anyone to apply for a state license to open a retail store.

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