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The abandoned boat that plagued western Alaska for months is now on the bottom of the ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the state by performing an emergency scuttle of the F/V Akutan Thursday, three miles outside U.S. waters.

 

The processor was abandoned in Unalaska in September following a disastrous fishing season in Bristol Bay where the ship’s owner went broke, the crew went unpaid, and it’s 158,318 pound haul of salmon was declared unfit for human consumption.

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Unalaska’s recall election will proceed as scheduled, as Mayor Frank Kelty did not file an appeal by the Thursday deadline.

Kelty said his decision largely came down to cost.

“It would have probably cost close to $15,000 to $20,000 in lawyer fees,” he said.

BRIAN WAUGH

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.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

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].”

ZOË SOBEL/KUCB

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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