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On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion economic relief plan into law—the largest stimulus ever passed in the United States. 

 

The package has many different allocations in it, including $10 billion set aside for the country's native population. More than $1 billion will go to the Indian Health Service. Another billion will go towards public health, housing, and nutrition programs. 

 

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The Unalaska City Council passed an emergency "hunker down" order during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The new order asks that Unalaskans "stay at home as much as possible."

 

The only exceptions are to get groceries and other important goods, to access health care, or for "fresh air without contacting others."  

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 Trident Seafoods has restricted access between its Akutan plant and the local town in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Akutan, a small city of about a hundred people, lies 35 miles east of Unalaska. It also boasts the largest seafood processing plant in North America. The plant, which is operated by Trident Seafoods, hosts an additional 1,400 employees, and is just a half-mile walk from the rest of the town. 

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It feels a little bit like the world has stopped turning these days due to the spread of coronavirus. But Sharon Svarny-Livingston is here to tell Unalaskans, that's not true.

"The [Recall Dunleavy] effort is still going on, although we're not having large public events," said Svarny-Livingston.

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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy is facing a statewide recall, which began last summer. The state allows recall votes if government officials have been shown to be incompetent, unfit for office, neglectful of their duties, or corrupt.

As the Recall Dunleavy campaign ramps up around the state, Unalaskans are pushing for a local effort of their own. Sharon Svarny-Livingston had a simple reason for why she chose to lead Unalaska's Recall Dunleavy effort.

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