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Unalaska and the Aleutian region are expecting to feel the sting of state budget cuts finalized this week — in areas ranging from health care and higher education to debt reimbursement and public broadcasting. 

Karen Kresh

The Unalaska Public Library's fourth annual Mini Golf Night was last Saturday, July 27.

Around 50 participants played their way through a handcrafted nine-hole course, each hole with its own unique theme dreamt up by library staff, led by Library Assistant AnnaMarie Ammons.

Hole themes varied from Star Wars to superheroes to Halloween, which included a giant spider and a specter hanging from a hat rack.

ECI Hyer Inc.

The architects behind Unalaska's library renovation are shifting their focus from broad designs to details.  

Brian Meissner, of ECI Hyer Inc., said the City Council's recent endorsement of a larger expansion plan will allow his firm to zero in on the final blueprints.

"A year from now, we'll have a contractor selected and be getting ready to build this thing," said Meissner last week. "That's pretty exciting. It's real, and it's close."

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Unalaska's public library expansion is going to be even larger than originally planned.

The City Council expressed unanimous support Tuesday for a design that adds about 1,200 square feet and $600-800,000 to the renovation, bringing its total price tag to about $5.2 million.

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Quiet areas. Comfy seats. A coffee shop.

These are just a few of the things Unalaskans want from the city's upcoming library renovation, according to survey results released last month.

Librarian Karen Kresh said 174 people responded to the online questionnaire, which was designed to add data and detail to ongoing discussions about how to improve the 20-year-old building.