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Stories from the KUCB Newsroom on the topic of business and industry. Also includes volunteer Frank Kelty's weekly fisheries update, the Unalaska Fisheries Report.

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It’s summer construction season in Unalaska, and drivers should expect road closures and delays around the island.

Director of Public Works Tom Coenhour said Captains Bay Road will experience the longest delays.

The road will be narrowed to one lane in August, so the city can trench and install 7,000 feet of new electrical wiring. Road crews will be there to ensure drivers don't wait for long.

“We have it as part of the contract that delays cannot be a longer than eight minutes,” said Coenhour. “That’ll allow traffic to keep flowing as much as possible.”

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Unalaskans don’t have to worry about losing their mail service, according to officials with ACE Air Cargo.

The freight company has signed a contract with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail starting June 1.

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Starting next summer, Unalaskans will able to rent jet skis and hire tour guides to show them the island’s waterfalls and wildlife. At least, that’s the vision of Doanh Thi Tran.

Tran won a regional business competition last week and earned $20,000 for her startup, the Bering Breeze Company.

“It’s a new recreation equipment company that will provide jet skis, bicycles, paddle boards, and paddle boats — fun things for local Unalaskans and anybody just passing through town," she said.

PenAir

PenAir is shutting down its freight service to Unalaska -- a move that will affect the island’s food delivery and fishing industry.

The regional air carrier has notified the city by email that it’s closing its cargo business between Unalaska and Anchorage, according to City Manager Dave Martinson and Mayor Frank Kelty.

Kelty said PenAir officials told him freight service has become a financial “loser” and they’re selling both cargo planes that serve the route.

APICDA/Aleut Corporation

Unalaskans have swept the first round of a regional business competition, thanks to startup ideas that range from soccer camps to bike rentals.

Last week, a panel of judges chose Travis Swangel, Carlos Tayag, and Doanh Thi Tran as the finalists of the 2017 Aleutian Marketplace Competition.

Sponsored by the Aleut Corporation and the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA), the contest will give one winner $20,000 to start a business.

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