Mayor of Unalaska declares emergency over travel woes

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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: