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Unalaska is a city in the Aleutians West Census Area, a regional component of the Unorganized Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. Unalaska is located on Unalaska Island and neighboring Amaknak Island in the Aleutian Islands off mainland Alaska. The population was 4,376 at the 2010 census, which is 79% of the entire Aleutians West Census Area. Unalaska is the second-largest city in the Unorganized Borough, behind Bethel.


The Aleut or Unangan people have lived on Unalaska Island for thousands of years. The Unangan, who were the first to inhabit the island of Unalaska, named it "Ounalashka", meaning "near the peninsula". The regional native corporation has adopted this moniker, and is known as the Ounalashka Corporation. The Russian fur trade reached Unalaska when Stepan Glotov and his crew arrived on August 1, 1759. Natives, Russians and their descendants comprised most of the community's population until the middle 20th century, when the involvement of the United States in World War II led to a large-scale influx of people and construction of buildings all along the strategically-located Aleutians.


Almost all of the community's port facilities are on Amaknak Island, better known as Dutch Harbor or just "Dutch". It is the largest fisheries port in the U.S. by volume caught. It includes Dutch Harbor Naval Operating Base and Fort Mears, U.S. Army, a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Dutch Harbor lies within the city limits of Unalaska and is connected to Unalaska by a bridge. Amaknak Island is home to almost 59 percent of the city's population, although it has less than 3 percent of its land area.

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During Tuesday's municipal election, all three council incumbents were defeated easily by their challengers, two of whom are newcomers to ...
Come October, Unalaska's finance department will have two new employees. Clay Darnell of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma will be the new finance ...

Meanwhile, a proposal to raise the local sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana will be decided by about 50 absentee and questioned ...
On Tuesday, Unalaskans will vote on a proposal to raise the local sales tax on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana from three to six percent.
Christy NaMee Eriksen and Dee Jay De Rego, slam poets from Juneau, recently worked with Unalaska high school English students.
There's no easy way to get rid of old fishing nets in Unalaska. America's top fishing port is remote and nets can weigh thousands of pounds.

The ill-fated fish processor Akutan remains abandoned in Captains Bay in Unalaska, but at least all the Bristol Bay salmon is off the abandoned ...
According to Mayor Frank Kelty, "in the last six to eight months, the council, including the mayor, has had some major disagreements with ...
The processor has been anchored in Unalaska's Captains Bay since late August and there's no indication the boat will be leaving soon.
This week jurors in Unalaska are hearing the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting a 51-year-old woman. Jorge E. Rivera is charged ...
GCI is looking into what it would take to bring faster internet to Unalaska. The telecommunications company is evaluating if fiber would be a ...
Less than a week after Unalaska's city council voted to approve a deal that would end the city manager's employment, the mayor has signed off.
When bald eagles die in Unalaska, it's the beginning of a long journey. Literally. Many of them travel thousands of miles and find second lives ...
When bald eagles die in Unalaska, it's the beginning of a long journey. Literally. Many of them travel thousands of miles and find second lives ...
Students perform an Unangan folk tale on their last day of Camp Adguyax. (Photo by Berett Wilber/KUCB). Campers huddle in the hallway of ...
Come October, Unalaska will need a new city manager. Current City Manager Dave Martinson has tendered his resignation and accepted the ...
The F/V Polar Sea's Opilio crab catch is offloaded in Unalaska, after its bairdi bycatch has been thrown overboard. Credit Laura Kraegel/KUCB.

About 50 years after it was founded, the Unalaska Department of Public Safety is undergoing its first independent review. Public Safety has hired a private company called Russell Consulting to do the assessment.
Other first round pairings had Unalaska versus Bristol Bay at 8 a.m., Glennallen versus Metlakatla at 9:30 am; and Petersburg against Tikigaq (Pt.
The state's top-ranked Unalaska boys' team and Bristol Bay girls' teams both took care of business this past weekend and earned return trips to the Class 2A state basketball tournament this weekend at the Alaska Airlines Center.
My coach always tells us, "You're not always going to be playing basketball, but you'll carry your education around for the rest of your life.
Facing fears of steep financial decline, the Unalaska City School District should have enough money saved to cover next year's projected deficit of $269,000, though school officials fear a much deeper hole.
About 75 years ago, the U.S. Navy built a marine railway in Unalaska. It was basically an underwater railroad that helped the military haul boats out of the Bering Sea during World War II.
I've lived in Unalaska for my entire life and every day I see how my education benefits me. My home is a fishing community that relies on pollock, crab, halibut, salmon and cod.
The Aleutian Islands, though far away from the world's industrial centers, are no sanctuary from mercury contamination. Newly published research adds ducks on Unalaska Island to a list of Aleutian animals showing elevated levels of mercury in their bodies.
He has more than 30 years of municipal administration experience, including a stint as Unalaska assistant city manager in the 1990s.
On the boy's side, the Unalaska Raiders claimed the region championship with Bristol Bay defeating Dillingham, 56-41, to take home 2nd place.
"They're going to do some diving and assessments on the vessel to figure out what repairs they need to make to get it safely to China," said Krebs-Barsis.
KUCB, Unalaska: Late on a Friday afternoon Melissa Good sits on her front step filling out labels for a dog carrier. The crate is not for her dog.
An intense, sustained eruption of Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands sent up a cloud that caused minor ashfall in Unalaska but didn't significantly affect aviation over the Gulf of Alaska on Wednesday. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, ...
A new organization calling for racial tolerance and respect for the environment has formed in Unalaska, "Alaskans for Compassion and Truth.
A proposed survey on salmon and other subsistence resources in Unalaska won the backing of the Unalaska/Dutch Harbor Fish and Game Advisory Committee last month, when it endorsed a request for federal funding.
Two local organizations are joining with regional groups and a federal agency to remember the Japanese bombing of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor.
... "We can change that." We're working on putting together a soccer club that can travel throughout the state of Alaska. Kids can start playing on a statewide level and hopefully on a national level.
The seal appeared in Unalaska in late February, but before Good had the authorization to pick it up, it vanished. She thinks a fox scared the animal back into the water.
Each year the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge produces a migratory bird calendar featuring artwork and literature created by students from within the refuge.
Last weekend, nineteen students from Unalaska City High School traveled to Anchorage to compete in the Russian, Spanish, and German Language competitions.
An intense, sustained eruption of Bogoslof volcano in the Aleutian Islands sent up a cloud that caused minor ashfall in Unalaska but didn't significantly affect aviation over the Gulf of Alaska on Wednesday. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, ...
"Between the Andreanof Islands, which include Adak, and the Fox Islands, which include Unalaska and Umnak, there's a little group of islands and they're very volcanic.
A fishing crew was rescued Monday morning after their boat ran aground off Unalaska Island. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lauren Steenson said the fishing vessel St. Dominick began taking on water around 10 a.m.. "All of the crew members of the St ...
The Unalaska High School boys' and girls' basketball teams pocketed impressive wins this past weekend with sweeps of the Unalakleet Wolfpack.
Lately, the Unalaska City Council has slogged through a series of marathon meetings, filled with tough financial decisions, tie-breaker votes, and passionate public testimony.
A mechanical problem wasn't at fault for forcing down one of Grant Aviation's planes, causing it to belly flop at the Unalaska Airport last month, the regional airline said. Beyond that, airline officials are keeping quiet about the accident's cause ...
Across the state, there's a cohort of young Alaskans raising awareness for the rapidly changing Arctic environment. Cade Terada is one of 22 Arctic Youth Ambassadors.
Dunn has experience in Unalaska too, as a part-time employee at Guardian Flight. He currently splits his time between the medical transport company and the fire department in Savoy, Illinois.
A search is underway for a young ring seal that came ashore Sunday in Unalaska. The stranded marine mammal was first spotted near the Kloosterboer facility at the Port of Dutch Harbor, but Melissa Good said it made its way to the Alyeska seafood plant ...
As a PhD student, she spent more time in Unalaska. The Museum of The Aleutians became base for her research, but she never planned on living here.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory said in an update early Monday that the volcano, roughly 60 miles west of Unalaska, erupted over the course of about half an hour beginning around 10:30 p.m.
Hatfield, from Lubbock, Texas, participated in a major archaeological expedition to two uninhabited Aleutian Islands in the summer of 2014, Chuginadak and Carlisle, in the Islands of Four Mountains, west of Unalaska and east of Atka. The excavations ...
After the third day of play at the 2016 Rally the Regions Hardwood Classic basketball tournament, the Unalaska High School Raiders were unbeaten and still unsure if they had earned a spot in the championship game.


 

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