City of Unalaska

Givey Kochanowski / U.S. Department of Energy

 

A decades-long effort to bring geothermal power to Unalaska is finally moving forward. On Thursday, the city signed a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Ounalashka Corp./Chena Power, LLC for 30 megawatts of geothermal-produced electrical energy from nearby Makushin Volcano. Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy said that if it's successful, Unalaska would be the first community in the nation completely powered by geothermal energy. 

 

Courtesy Rep. Josh Revak

Unalaska is waiting on a free infrastructure report card, courtesy of the U.S. military. 

 

That report will be compiled by civil affairs officers, including U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. 

 

Gabbard, a former Democratic presidential candidate, visited the island as part of a team last week in her capacity as an Army Reserve major, for meetings and an assessment of Unalaska's future infrastructure needs.

 

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Unalaskans have until Sunday, Sept. 6 to register to vote in the city's fall election.

The ballot features two contested races: one for City Council seat B, between incumbent Thomas Bell and Brenda Baker, and another for school board seat B, between Patrick Shipp and Jolene Longo.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska's municipal election is scheduled for Oct. 6.

 

The city ballot, finalized Tuesday, shows the candidates vying for four open positions on the school board and City Council. 

 

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The Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group meets Wednesday in the first of its two public forums, and is requesting public comment on the future of its 10-ferry fleet. 

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