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    Theo Greenly
    The Unalaska City Council approved a collective bargaining agreement with the union that represents many of the city’s workers on Thursday morning. Councilors were originally scheduled to vote at their regular meeting Tuesday night, but postponed making a decision after an executive session that lasted two hours.
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    Wesley Early
    Alaska Public Media
    The Unalaska City Council approved the contract for an interim city manager during a Special Council Meeting on Thursday. The city is actively recruiting to replace current manager Erin Reinders, whose contract expires at the end of the month. In the meantime, Chris Hladick will stand at the helm. He served as Unalaska's city manager from 2001 until he resigned in 2015.
  • The Unalaska City Council debated allowing all-purpose vehicles on the street at its meeting Tuesday night. Unalaska currently prohibits the use of all-purpose vehicles – like four-wheelers and all-terrain vehicles – on city streets. But a state law that went into effect this year opens the door to allow use of these modes of transport on public roads, so the city is debating if they want to make it possible on the island, too.
  • The Unalaska City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to support a partial tax exemption for federally recognized tribes. The exemption would protect tribes from paying sales taxes on government activities, like buying office supplies or organizing culture camps. The city council’s vote in support on Tuesday moves the proposed tax exemption forward another step. The council is set to take another vote in early February to officially add the exemption to city code. The Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska requested the exemption. It was previously exempt from city sales tax as a nonprofit. But the city changed the criteria for nonprofit exemptions several years ago, and then the tribe no longer qualified.
  • The Unalaska Public Library is getting a face-lift. The city council voted 4-2 at Tuesday night’s meeting in favor of expanding the library, a project that had stalled out after its initial approval nearly two years ago. The Library Expansion Project was initially adopted in Jan. 2020, but the plan was scrapped because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was picked up again the next year, and the city received bids in November. The lowest one came in at around $6.5 million dollars, a bit lower than the original estimate.
  • The City of Unalaska is preparing for major budget reductions. At Tuesday evening’s City Council meeting, City Manager Erin Reinders told council members that the recent red king crab closure, and major reductions in the snow crab fishery, will hit the city hard.
  • The final results are in, and they confirm all preliminary results.Election officials determined all final results Friday morning after canvassing 37 absentee and questioned ballots at City Hall. 510 ballots were counted in total, after eight were ruled unqualified due to a lack of voter registration, a registration outside of Unalaska, or not indicating U.S. citizenship.
  • All of Unalaska’s candidate races were decided in Tuesday’s Municipal Election.
  • KUCB held our annual school board Candidates Forum on Wednesday, Sept. 29. You can listen to the audio from the event here.
  • KUCB held our annual City Council Candidates Forum on Friday, Oct. 1. Audio from the event is available here.
  • It’s election season in Unalaska. On Oct. 5, locals will be heading to the polls to vote on three ballot questions, as well as for officials on both the City Council and the school board.KUCB reporters Theo Greenly and Hope McKenney sit down to discuss the ballot questions.
  • Unalaska voters will get the chance to weigh-in on a proposed sales tax increase in October. The Unalaska City Council agreed Tuesday to put it on the…