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Unalaska's Fire Chief Resigns

May 17, 2016
City of Unalaska

  Unalaska Fire Chief Zac Schasteen resigned this week from his job leading the city's fire and emergency response department.

In a press release issued Tuesday evening, Department of Public Safety Director Mike Holman announced Schasteen's unexpected resignation, saying that it was effective immediately.

In the release, Holman says he makes the announcement with "some regret."

Council Hears Property Owner Assessment Appeals

May 10, 2016
Chrissy Roes

This week's city council meeting is a two-for-one; first the council will meet as the city's board of equalization to hear annual appeals of property assessments.

City Clerk Cat Hazen said the city received six appeals this year. One has already been settled, and as of Tuesday afternoon, the city's contracted assessor was meeting with the owner of four of the appeal properties. Hazen said she expects tonight's board of equalization meeting to cover at least one appeal. 

Construction Underway To Keep Creek Gravel Free

Apr 29, 2016
Greta Mart

Unalaskans may have noticed heavy equipment and construction materials assembled around the Steward Road Bridge. The city's Lake and River Restoration project is underway, and Steward Road, General's Hill and Overland Drive residents can expect minor detours and daytime din for the next month.

UDA T-Dock Music Video

This week's city council meeting featured a few surprise moments during deliberations over community funding support.

During a roll call vote on a motion to reject a $13,000 grant request from the Unalaska Divers Association (UDA), Mayor Shirley Marquardt cast the tie vote, intending to agree with the motion to nix the funding altogether. But she said the wrong word, which meant the capital grant request was approved - for now. 

Melissa Good is the chair of the non-profit association of local recreational divers.

Greta Mart

With less than a week remaining to finalize the state budget,  legislators have yet to come to an agreement. The state of Alaska is facing more than a $4.1 billion budget gap.

At the city level, what happens if the state legislature is unable to close the budget gap?