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Cheers to 2016!

Jan 1, 2016
Dmitri Dane at Aleutian Islands Photography

Unalaska was favored with a clear weather window Thursday night, encouraging residents to turn out in force for the city's fireworks display at midnight. Many enjoyed blazing bon fires on Front Beach, a great spot for watching the pyrotechnics. Others packed the Dickersons' warehouse for live music, food, friends and even a fire dancing display. 

Happy new year, Unalaska!

Operation Santa

Dec 31, 2015

"Operation Santa" put on by the Ballyhoo Lions Club has been in place for 25 years and this holiday season marked another successful year for the event. The Lions Club held a raffle drawing in November and proceeds from the fundraiser were able to cover the cost of Operation Santa gifts, and add to their scholarship fund for graduating seniors. 

Albert Burnham

The City of Unalaska is putting on a fireworks tonight, Dec. 31, starting at 11:59 p.m. The pyrotechnics will be launched from an area on Summer Bay Road, near the Unalaska Memorial Park. Good viewing spots will be anywhere along Front Beach and Bayview Road. 

The weather forecast tonight, according to the National Weather Service, calls for partly cloudy skies until midnight, then mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow. Lows are expected in the mid-30s, and we can expect a 10-to-25 mph variable wind. 

Josh Good

Unalaska's Josh Good made an ambitious new year's resolution last January - to kayak for at least 30 minutes on 300 days during 2015.

That meant lugging his kayak into the chilly waters anywhere from Morris Cove to Nateekin Bay, in all seasons and conditions. Part of his time spent on the water included a summertime kayaking trip around Glacier Bay National Park.

There were over 170 attendees at the 2015 Firefighters' Ball held at the Grand Aleutian Hotel in Early December. It was the 17th year the Unalaska chapter of the Alaska State Firefighters Association has hosted the ball.

There was a buffet dinner, dancing, raffles and a silent auction.

Fire Chief Zac Schasteen said the event raised approximately $14,000 for the Unalaska Fire and EMS Department.