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Unalaskans can now file to run for local office.

The candidacy period has opened for three seats that'll be on the municipal ballot come October. 

The two City Council spots are currently held by Alejandro "Bong" Tungul and Shari Coleman, while the school board post belongs to Tammy Fowler Pound.

As of July 23, no one had declared candidacy for any of the seats, which come with three-year terms.

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For the second year in a row, an Unalaska student has earned one of the top awards at the Rural Alaska Honors Institute.

Since 1983, the RAHI program has aimed to prepare Alaska Native and rural high school students for the transition to college life.

Lisa Tran distinguished herself amongst this summer's class, which hailed from 29 communities across the state.

It's graduation day at the Rural Alaska Honors Institute. Students in caps and gowns fill the auditorium, as Program Manager Denise Wartes welcomes the salutatorian to the stage.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

The City of Unalaska has unanimous approved a $29.8 million budget for the fiscal year 2019.

It covers scheduled expenses – including software updates, employee raises, and new equipment at the community center.

Mayor Frank Kelty calls it a conservative budget.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

The Unalaska City Council has approved $35,000 in scholarships for graduating seniors.

At the regular meeting last week, councilors voted unanimously to split the funds between all 20 applicants. The names of the scholarship recipients and award amount will be announced at the high school graduation on Saturday.

At the next meeting, the council will have a second reading of the 2019 operating and capital budget.

Becoming Glimmer

May 10, 2018
Zoë Sobel / KUCB

If you live in Unalaska, you probably know Gilmar Tapaoan.

As a freshman in high school last year, he had big plans for his prom debut — and KUCB’s Zoë Sobel shadowed him as he prepared for the big day.

TRANSCRIPT

TAPAOAN: I am Gilmar Tapaoan. I want to be someone who’s out there — open about my sexuality, can wear whatever the heck I want. If someone’s got beef with me, I'm going to scratch them.

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