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The Unalaska City Council still hasn't decided whether to increase utility rates. That's despite several meetings and many hours of discussion and presentations on the challenges of rising costs and the question over who should pay.

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A group of locals stand around a small fire pit outside, but it's not your average weekend island bonfire. Instead of roasting marshmallows or drinking beers around the fire, most of them are dressed in full firefighter gear, waiting for their turn to attack the flames.


One after another, they step up with extinguishers. Unalaska Fire Department Captain Ben Knowles offers feedback and instruction.

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Unalaska and Dutch Harbor are known for being a community of hard workers. It's a place where people might spend well over 12 hours a day at their jobs, often in rough conditions. And on an island where the sun doesn't rise until around 9 in the morning for several months out of the year, coffee is essential.


But, Unalaska has very few options for coffee to-go, and no operating drive-through coffee stands. 


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Despite difficulties with getting access to COVID-19 vaccines earlier in the year, roughly 1,800 people in Unalaska were vaccinated at a mass vaccination clinic on Thursday. 

Eastern Aleutian Tribes (EAT) partnered with the local Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS) clinic to provide vaccines for anyone on the island, 16 and older.

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Nearly all of Unalaska lost power for over an hour on Monday evening. 

The outage left everyone on the city's grid, except for those on Standard Oil Hill, without electricity, according to Public Utilities Director Dan Winters.