Unalaska officials head to Iceland

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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2005

UNALASKA (AP) — Six Unalaska city officials will leave today on a 10-day trip to Iceland. The trip is at the invitation of a company that wants to sell the city geothermal energy.

City manager Chris Hladick said Iceland America Energy, a subsidiary of Enex, has acquired geothermal rights on the slopes of Makushin Volcano, across a bay 14 miles from the Aleutian Islands' town.

''The decision-makers will see firsthand what they're talking about,'' Hladick said.

The city has budgeted $25,000 for the trip for Hladick, Mayor Shirley Marquardt, four city council members and a consultant.

Also making the trip are representatives of two Unalaska Native organizations, the Ounalashka Corporation and the Qawalangin Tribe. Those groups are paying for their part of the trip.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Mur-kowski, R, Alaska, is sending a member of her staff.

The North Atlantic island nation is powered and heated by geothermal energy. Hladick said volcanic hot water could be used to heat Unalaska homes and businesses.

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