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Laura Kraegel

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Starting Thursday, Unalaskans can declare their candidacy for mayor, city council, or school board. 

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The Unalaska City Council wants state officials to solve Alaska's financial crisis — and soon.

At a regular meeting Tuesday night, the Council passed a resolution urging legislators and Governor Bill Walker to compromise on fiscal legislation during this special session and fix the budget shortfall in the next three years.

The resolution passed unanimously, but not before councilors chose the wording carefully.

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Unalaskans can overturn the city's ban on commercial pot businesses — if enough of them vote for a new referendum in October.

The referendum earned a spot on the city ballot last week after a petition by local marijuana supporters gathered more than double the signatures required.

Supporters started the petition in February after the City Council narrowly passed a ban on all types of state-licensed marijuana businesses.

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Marijuana supporters in Unalaska have submitted a petition to repeal an ordinance banning state-licensed pot businesses.

The proposal calls for a referendum on city ordinance 2016-03, which prohibits all types of marijuana businesses, including the cultivation, manufacturing, and retail sale of pot.

The petition does not specify any new regulations for a local marijuana industry. Determining those would still be up to the City of Unalaska.

Laura Kraegel

The Unalaska Methodist Church has negotiated a new lease with the city to keep Tutiakoff Park open to the public. The Methodists own most of the park's land, and last month they raised the city's rent on the property from $6,000 per year to $20,500.

That hike will happen gradually over the five-year lease, according to the church's lay minister, Matt Reinders. He said the city agreed to pay $16,500 this year and then increase payments by a $1,000 each year until the rent peaks at $20,500.