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Some 158,318 pounds of highly contested Bristol Bay salmon from the F/V Akutan have reached their final destination: the Anchorage landfill.

This summer, the custom processor was supposed to process up to 100,000 pounds of salmon a day for Bristol Bay Seafoods LLC, a small group of fishermen.

But nearly everything that could go wrong did. The vessel’s owner went broke, the crew wasn’t paid, and when 158,318 pounds of fish came off the boat in early September, the third-party testing group NSF declared it unfit for human or animal consumption.

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The Coast Guard is working to remove fuel and other hazardous materials from an abandoned fishing vessel in Unalaska’s Captains Bay.

The F/V Akutan arrived in August after a disastrous fishing season in Bristol Bay. Since then, more than half a dozen state and federal agencies have been monitoring the vessel, but to the frustration of city leaders, none are willing or able to remove it from the bay.

Courtesy of Alaska Airlines

Alaska Air Cargo has shut down its Unalaska office.

Starting Nov. 1, Alaska Airlines will no longer haul freight on island flights, which are operated in partnership with PenAir.

“Passenger services remain unaffected," said Jason Berry, managing director for cargo at Alaska. "The difference is we will no longer carry cargo on that airplane, and the main reason is that is it’s a very capacity-constrained flight.”

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Following months of intense public criticism, Unalaska’s mayor is now facing a recall effort.

Frank Kelty has denied allegations that he interfered with the former city manager or forced his resignation.

But the recall petition isn’t centered on recent clashes at City Hall. Instead, it accuses the mayor of backroom dealings regarding the city dock.  

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The search for Unalaska’s next city manager starts this week.

The city has hired the consulting firm GovHR to lead recruitment efforts, and the company is now advertising the position.

Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson said the city’s goal is to narrow down the top candidates by Dec. 1 and extend a job offer before the New Year.

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