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After a handful of late filings, the Unalaska City Council may introduce penalties for senior citizens who miss the application deadline for property tax exemptions.

City councilors approved the fifth late application of the year on Tuesday, ruling that medical treatment was an acceptable reason for one Unalaskan to miss the March deadline by almost three months.

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Unalaska's clinic won't draw on emergency funds provided by the city, signaling a reversal of the nonprofit's dismal financial situation.

Iliuliuk Family and Health Services was granted a $500,000 subsidy in November, as clinic officials anticipated another fiscal year with a steep budget shortfall.

But on Tuesday, City Manager Thomas E. Thomas said the organization won't need the money after all.

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The Unalaska City Council could be headed to court, although the legal matter at stake is unclear.

On Tuesday, city councilors had scheduled an executive session to "discuss litigation."

But they canceled it after several councilors joined the meeting by telephone, resulting in an insufficient in-person quorum for discussion behind closed doors.

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Construction season is underway in Unalaska, with five projects scheduled between now and late November.

"These projects total approximately $10 million," said Director of Public Works Tom Cohenour.

More than half of that budget is going toward the continued expansion of the Unalaska Marine Center, where two aging docks are being replaced.

NOAA Fishwatch

Bering Sea fishermen are now trawling for one of Alaska’s most profitable catches.

Pollock "B" season opened Sunday with a total quota of 731,804 metric tons.

That's about one percent higher than last year, according to Krista Milani, a groundfish manager for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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