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Unalaska to Participate in Alaska Shield 2016 State-wide Exercise

Mar 28, 2016
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Alaska Shield is a biannual exercise designed to bring together local, State, federal, and nongovernment partners to practice their ability to respond to infrequent events that require swift and detailed coordination. Alaska Shield 2016 will focus on the ability to respond to terrorism and cyberattack.

Alaska Shield 2016 will be April 1-2, 2016, with more than 14 communities and 25 organizations participating in the exercise.

Candace Shaack

A volcano in southwest Alaska erupted Sunday, sending an ash cloud up to 37,000 feet into the atmosphere. Pavlof Volcano, located at the southern end of the Alaska Peninsula, suddenly began issuing black ash and fountains of lava yesterday and continued to erupt Monday.

  • Canceled flights over the weekend caused a delay in state court proceedings at the Unalaska Court. The clerk said a felony trial scheduled to start Monday has been delayed because of weathered-out flights. That means local jurors summoned to the court for potential jury selection will start Tuesday instead. Court Clerk Rebecca Duffy said jurors with summons numbered 352 - 435 are to appear at 8:30 a.m. and check in at the clerk's window; those holding 436 - 492 are to call in Tuesday at noon for an afternoon report time.

Greta Mart

  • A series of earthquakes struck the Aleutian Islands on Saturday. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake was recorded 56 miles south of Atka on Saturday morning just after 9 a.m. The quake's epicenter was at a depth of 3.1 miles. Three more earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.0 and above were also recorded, but those had epicenters far deeper into the earth's crust. On Saturday alone, the Alaska Earthquake Center tracked over 20 earthquakes in the Aleutians.

Greta Mart

  • Only two local non-profits took advantage of the city's offer to shop for free Monday morning. It was non-profit day at the Unalaska Department of Public Works' semi-annual surplus sale. A public sale of all remaining miscellaneous items, equipment and two vehicles is set for March 26 starting at 10 a.m. - the same time as the Unalaska Democratic Caucus. The surplus sale will be held at the DPW warehouse; viewing starts at 10 and the sale begins at 11 a.m.
  • Today is the last day to sign up students in grades K through 5th for the Junior Native Youth Olympics.