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Jennifer Shockley has been named as Unalaska's next deputy police chief. She replaces Mike Holman, who was promoted to Public Safety Director when Jamie Sunderland retired last month.

Shockley is currently in Virginia attending the FBI National Academy, she's participating in a ten-week course and will return to Unalaska at the end of March. She said the FBI training will be a huge asset for her new job, since it's focused on executive leadership development course.

High Bids For Aquatics Center Renovation Project

Feb 14, 2016
Greta Mart

There's a hiccup in the long-planned ongoing renovation of the city's Aquatics Center.

City Manager David Martinson told the city council at the Feb. 9 meeting that the Dept. of Public Works had opened bids for the project, and even the lowest bid was "significantly higher" than the job's estimated cost.

Martinson said the bids the city received were all within 20 percent of each other, so it could be that the original engineer's estimate was just too low.

New Local Law Bans Pot Shops In Unalaska

Feb 10, 2016

This week city leaders passed a local ban on commercial marijuana businesses in Unalaska.

It's now official that no retail cannabis stores are allowed to open on the island, regardless if the state's marijuana board grants someone a business license to do so.

On Tuesday, a second reading of the ban ordinance - like the first reading - garnered a vote of three to three. The vote mirrored the viewpoints of the community at large; at recent public forums, opinions were evenly split among those for and against allowing retail pot stores.

This week the Unalaska City Council is expected to pass a new local ordinance prohibiting retail marijuana shops from opening on the island.

On Tuesday, city staff will present a second reading of the law that narrowly passed a first round on January 26. At that meeting, the vote was three for the ban and three against. When there is a tie vote among the six council members, the mayor casts the deciding vote; the mayor broke the tie by voting in favor of the ban.

If the vote is the same this week, the ban will go into effect immediately.

Courtesy of belmarstore.com

The Unalaska City Council is moving forward on enacting a total ban on retail marijuana stores on the island.

After considering three possible local ordinances regulating legal pot sales, the one the council approved for a second reading calls for prohibiting all commercialization of marijuana.


Council members Johnson, Kelty, and Rowland voted in favor of the ban ordinance and Gregory, Leclere, and Tungul voted against. Mayor Shirley Marquardt broke the tie with a vote in favor of the ban.