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Eva Tcheripanoff — the last person born in the traditional village of Kashega — has died.

Tcheripanoff grew up in the small Unangan community on Unalaska Island and spent the 1930s hunting foxes, eating dry fish, and playing with homemade stone dolls.

That all changed during World War II, when Kashega was evacuated and never resettled. But she came through the upheaval and lived a long life of 90 years.

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TCHERIPANOFF (Unangam Tunuu and English): “I was born in Kashega and I used to play around.”

City of Unalaska

Unalaska’s Planning Department is gathering public input Tuesday on issues including road paving and trail maintenance.

Planning Director Bil Homka said feedback will shape the city’s comprehensive plan, which lays out community development goals for the coming decades.

KUCB’s Vic Fisher spoke with Homka to learn more about the public meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

A Superior Court judge has ordered a former city employee to serve two years of probation and pay $7,000 in restitution for stealing cash from Unalaska City Hall.

Matapua Faailoga, 35, originally faced multiple felony charges for siphoning $15,751.94 from the city’s cash receipts while she worked as an accounting assistant in 2016 and 2017.

KUCB

With grant money drying up, the state wants Unalaska to help fund the salmon weir at McLees Lake.

Scientists have used the weir to monitor sockeye for the past 17 years. But now, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has no way to pay for it.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska has taken its first official step toward banning plastic bags.

On Tuesday, the City Council tasked the city manager with developing an ordinance to prohibit the flimsy, disposable bags used at grocery stores.

Councilors issued the directive unanimously after hearing from Unalaska resident Laresa Syverson.

"It’s not that a plastic bag ban is going to solve all our problems," said Syverson. "But it will help with the way we depend on plastic."

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