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In the Unalaska City Council’s last meeting of 2016, they looked forward to March and the annual lobbying trip to Juneau.

The cost of the trip is steep, around $30,000. There’s nearly $12,000 for travel and $10,000 more set aside for a seafood reception and constituent dinner.

But the meals are a tradition. They’ve been going on for decades. 

City Manager Dave Martinson shared the city’s lobbyist’s advice.

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Can Unalaska afford to build the multi-million dollar Unalaska Marine Center? And how can the city pay for it? Those questions were a focus of last night’s city council meeting.

Port manager Peggy McLaughlin says Unalaska is at a turning point.

“If we don’t do this now, what are those costs going to be to us in the future?" McLaughlin said. "If we do this now, are we truly going to be able to make ends meets? Is the port really going to be able to cover those expenses and what happens if we delay this project? What are those risks?”

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Mayor Frank Kelty was sworn in at a City Council meeting Tuesday night. 

KUCB's Laura Kraegel spoke with the new mayor of Unalaska about his top priorities as he takes office.

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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.