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Mayor of Unalaska declares emergency over travel woes

Mayor Vincent Tutiakoff of Unalaska declared an emergency in response to a lack of commercial air travel to and from the community. Commercial flights ended after a PenAir passenger flight that ran off the end of the runway, killing one passenger and injuring several others.

The declared emergency came after a special meeting of the city council on Monday night. It allows the mayor to direct the city to use municipal funds in any way necessary to alleviate problems the public is experiencing because of the travel situation, which isn’t expected to be resolved until Nov. 8 when Ravn Alaska plans to begin commercial services.

Read the official declaration:

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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