DEPARTMENT OF PARKS CULTURE AND RECREATION

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The City Council has hired an architect for Unalaska's library expansion.

On Tuesday, councilors awarded a $163,451 contract to ECI Hyer Inc. of Anchorage — the same firm that drafted preliminary concept designs for the project last year.

The resolution passed unanimously after testimony from Director Roger Blakeley of the Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation. He said the selection committee received six bids.

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A first-time racer has set a new record for Unalaska's Ballyhoo Mountain Run.

On Saturday, Joanna "JJ" Hinderberger conquered the peak in 31 minutes and 18 seconds, shaving 17 seconds off the women's record set by Beatriz Dietrick two years ago.

"I'm feeling very good! Very tired," said Hinderberger at the finish line. "That's a tough run, for sure."

Going into the race, Hinderberger said she had no expectations of breaking the record. She had never even hiked up the 1,600-foot summit.

Courtesy of Roger Blakeley

Unalaska has a new Director of Parks, Culture, and Recreation (PCR).

Roger Blakeley took on the top job in early January, and now he oversees the city’s community center, aquatics center, and library.

Originally from Utah, Blakeley began his career as a park ranger in Eugene, Oregon. He patrolled the Willamette River Greenway in a jet boat, exploring far-flung corners of the state park and fishing along the way.

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The City of Unalaska has hired a new director of Parks, Culture, and Recreation (PCR).

In a statement released Friday, city officials announced Roger Blakeley was chosen after a nationwide search that began in September.

Blakeley has 25 years of experience working in parks and recreation. He mostly recently led the departments in Johnson City, Tennessee and Alexandria, Virginia.

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The City of Unalaska is looking for a new Director of Parks, Culture, and Recreation. That's because current director D. Tyrell McGirt has res​igned after a decade on the island.

"It's time," said McGirt. "I'm moving into the next chapter of my life, I'm getting married in December, and my fiancé and I are looking to start the next chapter of our lives in a place that's new and different for both of us."