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Ben Felten

Most of this week's city council meeting was spent in work session discussing proposals for city improvements. Instead of the regularly scheduled meeting, the council spent two-and-a-half hours in a work session of 23 plans for capital and major maintenance.

City manager David Martinson stressed that if state funding decreases, Unalaska may have to foot more of its bills.

"We have begun a slippery slope on this issue where they will continue to grab more and more from the municipalities."

Mayor Shirley Marquardt says she’s concerned about money, too.

Chrissy Roes/KUCB

Tuesday the Unalaska City Council heard requests for funding and proposals for the municipal budget. Many community leaders expressed concern state-funding cuts could impact their proposed budgets.

“We might take a little bit of a cut, but we’re one of the smaller programs in the state. So, we’ll roll with it. Whatever happens, we’ll make it work," said USAFV director M. Lynn Crane.

Strong Support For Bernie Sanders In Unalaska

Mar 26, 2016
Greta Mart

36 Democratic voters gathered at Unalaska's Methodist church to caucus for their preferred presidential candidate Saturday. Most came to support Bernie Sanders, but six voters headed to the Clinton corner when it was time for the morning's fan out.

The areas designated for Rocky De La Fuente backers and the undecided remained empty. Sanders garnered 30 votes, receiving three delegates. Unalaska's six votes for Hillary Clinton earned her one delegate from this area of Alaska's House District 37.

Extreme Makeover Coming For Aquatics Center

Mar 9, 2016
Greta Mart

This week the Unalaska City Council agreed to pay just over $2 million for a renovation to the city's Aquatics Center.

In what promises to be a comprehensive remodel of the municipal pool, the project is slated to begin at the end of April and keep the pool complex closed through July.

The city's parks, culture and recreation director, D. Tyrell McGirt, says that the pool complex will be closed for about three months, but the plan is to have the project done and pool reopened in time for the high school swim season.

Unalaskan voters who are already registered Republicans - or want to be - will now have a chance to participate in the Alaska Presidential Preference Poll this coming Tuesday.

Until this week, it looked like local Republicans wouldn't be able to cast their votes in the poll since voting must be done in person - and the nearest polling place for District 37, which encompasses the Aleutian Islands and a large portion of the southwest mainland, was in Naknek.

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