Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

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Unalaska's new fire chief started work this week after two weeks under quarantine. 

The position had been vacant since Ramona Thompson was fired from the position last October, after about a year and a half leading the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Patrick Shipp and his wife, Stacy, moved to the island from Webster, Texas two weeks ago.

KUCB's Hope McKenney sat down with Shipp to talk about his career and why he came to Unalaska. 

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On Tuesday, the Unalaska City Council voted to expand coronavirus-related restrictions. 

The city's original resolution was passed three weeks ago, on March 24. The resolution included the "hunker down" order, closure of non-essential businesses, and certain quarantine measures. 


That resolution, 2020-17, was due to expire on April 15. 

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Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr. and City Manager Erin Reinders spoke with KUCB's Caroline Lester about how Unalaska is preparing for COVID-19. 




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The Alaska Legislature passed an operating budget last month, after only 69 days in the Capitol.

KUCB's Caroline Lester spoke with Rep. Bryce Edgmon (I-Dillingham) on Monday about the session, and what lawmakers are doing to address the coronavirus pandemic. 




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The City of Unalaska has cancelled an $8.1 million renovation of the public library amid uncertainties from the coronavirus pandemic. But officials say the city will still owe as much as $3 million to the contractor.

At a special meeting Thursday night, the Unalaska City Council authorized the City Manager to terminate the contract with F&W Construction.