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The City of Unalaska has adopted an emergency ordinance to appropriate funds for chartered flights following a fatal PenAir plane crash last month and Ravn Air Group's decision to suspend regular flights to and from Anchorage. 

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Unalaska may declare a state of emergency following a fatal plane crash on the island this month.

City officials took up the idea after Ravn Air Group announced that it would not resume regular flights until early November — and that even afterwards, it would fly smaller, slower planes indefinitely.

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Bering Sea fishermen are now trawling for pollock.  

"B" season opened last week with a total quota of almost 742,764 metric tons, which is about 1.5 percent higher than last year

"It's fairly status quo," said Krista Milani of the National Marine Fisheries Service. "We've really enjoyed a pretty sustainable fishery in Bering Sea pollock, and we're really fortunate for that."

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The City of Unalaska is celebrating a major dock renovation at the Port of Dutch Harbor.

Officials marked the completion of the two-year, $40 million project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony late last month. The upgrades are expected to prepare the busy port for even bigger business.

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Pollock "A" season began Sunday at noon.

This year the total allowable catch is 1.397 million metric tons up from last year’s 1.364 million metric tons.

The partial federal government shutdown has caused some hiccups for the fishery, but it still started as scheduled Sunday.

Mayor Frank Kelty said Juneau has two regular fish managers on the job, but local National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) offices like Unalaska's are closed.

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