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Starting next month, Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley will serve as acting director of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

City officials made the announcement Tuesday.

They've selected Shockley to hold the top job while they search for a full-time replacement for outgoing director Mike Holman.

It’s unclear how long that search will last. But as an 18-year veteran of the department, Shockley said she’s interested in the permanent position.

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The four candidates vying to be Unalaska’s next city manager will visit the island next week.

Should the City Council interview them in public or behind closed doors?

That question sparked some confusion Tuesday, after Jim Paulin challenged councilors’ decision to hold the interviews in executive session.

“I believe that’s a flagrant violation of the Alaska Open Meetings Act," said Paulin, an Unalaska resident and Dutch Harbor Fisherman reporter. "You had your other ones in open session. You should have this one [in open session].”


The state has taken possession of a derelict vessel anchored in Captains Bay and Tuesday night, the Unalaska City Council moved one step closer to helping pay for its removal.

The F/V Akutan was abandoned in September following a disastrous fishing season in Bristol Bay — in which the ship’s owner went broke, the crew went unpaid, and its 158,000 haul of salmon was declared unfit for human consumption.

Clark Cox works for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

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For the second year in a row, people gathered in solidarity at womens' marches around the globe, with some protesting President Donald Trump, others making a stand for equal rights, and many doing a bit of both. In Unalaska, the Women's March drew 55 people of all ages and all backgrounds.

“I’m proud to sing a song that some students created: 'We’ve been oppressed. Our issues unaddressed. We’re women, women, women!'" chanted Shawna Rudio. “I've got to give a shout out to the students on this one. They’re leading the way and the rest of us will follow.”

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With strong winds, rain, and snow on the horizon for the foreseeable future, the City of Unalaska is piloting a public bus route. This follows a fall trial that the Planning Department ran in August.

KUCB sat down with Planning Director Bil Homka to discuss the project and what they learned from the first run.

The city bus runs from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Jan. 13 through the 19.