MOUNT BALLYHOO

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

The City of Unalaska is relaunching its search for a permanent police chief.

City Manager Erin Reinders said officials have decided against offering the job to a candidate who came for an in-person interview last month. The man was never named publicly, but Reinders said he wasn't the right fit.

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The top prize at this summer's Ballyhoo Mountain Run went to a visiting teenager. 

Alex Olson of Fairbanks raced up and down the 1,600-foot summit last month in 26 minutes and 33 seconds. He beat out 31 competitors. 

"I feel pretty good," said Olson. "It's fun to come out here and do these community runs."

The 18-year-old was in Unalaska to visit and work for family members who live on the island.

"This is my first time in Dutch Harbor," he said. "I just came down for the summer."

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Unalaska police are partnering with the FBI as they continue investigating last month's deadly crash on Mount Ballyhoo.

Two local high school students were killed when a truck plunged off the cliffside and fell about 900 feet to the shoreline below. As KUCB's Laura Kraegel reports, authorities said they hope to have an explanation by the end of June.

Unalaska police said they've come up against tough cases before, but this one is in a category of its own. 

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A first-time racer has set a new record for Unalaska's Ballyhoo Mountain Run.

On Saturday, Joanna "JJ" Hinderberger conquered the peak in 31 minutes and 18 seconds, shaving 17 seconds off the women's record set by Beatriz Dietrick two years ago.

"I'm feeling very good! Very tired," said Hinderberger at the finish line. "That's a tough run, for sure."

Going into the race, Hinderberger said she had no expectations of breaking the record. She had never even hiked up the 1,600-foot summit.

Ballyhoo Mountain Run Crowns New Champions

Jul 17, 2017
Berett Wilber/KUCB

The Ballyhoo Mountain Run crowned new champions on Saturday. 

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