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The Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska is once again accepting aluminum cans for free recycling, putting an end to a 16-month-long pause on recycling on the island. 

The tribe had previously been recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles, but put the project on hold in March of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many of the island's facilities.

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The Unalaska City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend the city's local emergency declaration through the end of the year, continuing the city's current precautions against the spread of COVID-19.

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The City of Unalaska has dropped its coronavirus risk level to "low" for the first time since the State of Alaska confirmed its first cases of the virus last year.


The city first moved to the medium risk level on March 17 of last year — shortly after Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr. declared a local state of emergency — and has bounced back and forth between high and medium risk since then.


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Dr. Robbie Swint Jr. will begin his role as Unalaska City School District's new superintendent starting July 1.

Dr. Swint has over a decade of experience working as principal, vice principal and assistant principal at Department of Defense schools. While his educator role with the Department of Defense has taken him all over the world, he has previously lived in the North Slope Borough School District, where he worked as a principal.

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A COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available for Unalaska youth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years old. But Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS) clinic Medical Director Dr. Megan Sarnecki says the clinic doesn't currently have any of the Pfizer vaccine, which has to be stored in extremely cold temperatures.