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Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

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Transforming Captains Bay Road into a safer, smoother thoroughfare would cost about $59 million.

Engineers released the rough estimate last week after spending months studying the heavily trafficked gravel road that's home to some of Unalaska's largest businesses.

The proposed project would pave about 13,400 feet of road from Agnes Beach to Offshore Systems, Inc., extend utilities to the end, and straighten out several sections.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposals for balancing the state's budget include a plan to stop sharing millions of dollars in taxes on commercial fishing with coastal communities.

"The message he's sending is that we're out of time and we're out of money," said Matt Shuckerow, Dunleavy's press secretary.

The state collects landing and business taxes on fisheries, often referred to as raw fish tax.

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In Unalaska, a group of teachers gathered Wednesday to condemn the Dunleavy administration's proposed cuts to public education — and call on local residents for their support.

"Are we looking happy? Or are we looking angry?"

Eleven teachers mulled those questions in Unalaska's high school library, as they posed with signs that read "Education is Priceless" and "Fund our Future."

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Unalaska's finance director is leaving March 1.

Clay Darnell recently sat down with KUCB's Laura Kraegel to discuss his resignation.

Darnell has spent about a year and half as head of Unalaska's finance department.

Now, he's leaving to take a new job back in his home state.

"I have accepted a position in Oklahoma as the controller of the Muscogee Creek Nation," said Darnell.

He declined to answer questions about why he started looking for new opportunities.

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This winter, UniSea had planned to employ four prison inmates at its Unalaska fish processing plant.

But company officials say the "Transition to Work" program remains in limbo, following the election of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

"We're basically on standby," said Ferdie Lopez, UniSea's local safety and security manager. "We've been waiting for the Department of Corrections (DOC)."

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