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The Unalaska City Council is slowly moving closer to decisions on utility          rat​e hikes and commercial pot regulation. 

At a long meeting Tuesday night, councilors dove deeply into both issues, especially how to pay for upgrades to the treatment facilities for water, wastewater, and solid waste.

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The City of Unalaska has hired a new director of Parks, Culture, and Recreation (PCR).

In a statement released Friday, city officials announced Roger Blakeley was chosen after a nationwide search that began in September.

Blakeley has 25 years of experience working in parks and recreation. He mostly recently led the departments in Johnson City, Tennessee and Alexandria, Virginia.

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Election Day brought nearly 900 Unalaskans to the polls, or about 45 percent of registered voters.

The state Division of Elections still has to canvas about 180 absentee and questioned ballots from the island. But so far, Unalaska hasn't followed a particular party line or conformed to state and nationwide voting trends.

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Election Day brought 878 Unalaskans to the polls.

The preliminary results are below, while 183 absentee and questioned ballots must still be canvassed by the state Division of Elections. 

U.S. PRESIDENT

  • Darrell L. Castle: 12
  • Hillary Clinton: 380 (55.07%)
  • Roque De La Fuente: 2
  • Gary Johnson: 29
  • Jill Stein: 12
  • Donald J. Trump: 233 (33.77%)
  • Write-Ins: 22

U.S. SENATE

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It's Election Day, and the polls are open in Unalaska.

One hundred and sixteen early voters have already cast their ballots, which will help choose a new president as well as decide who represents Alaska in Washington D.C. and who controls the state Legislature.

That's a huge turnout for early voters in Unalaska, according to City Clerk Cat Hazen.

"It is way beyond anything we've ever seen," she said. "I think, normally, we're used to 30 or 40."

Hazen said she expects the strong showing to continue Tuesday.

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