KUCB KIAL Unalaska Community Broadcasting


Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The mayoral recall election brought 463 Unalaskans to the polls.

Seventy-four absentee and questioned ballots must still be canvassed, but City Clerk Marjie Veeder said they won’t affect the result.

The preliminary numbers are below, and KUCB will bring you the full story during Wednesday’s newscast.

“Shall Frank Kelty be recalled from the office of mayor?”

  • Yes: 177 votes (38.22%)
  • No: 286 votes (61.77%)

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Tuesday is Unalaska's recall election, and voters are deciding whether to remove Mayor Frank Kelty from office.

Kelty is accused of trying to broker an illegal dock agreement with the shipping company Matson, but he has continued to deny any wrongdoing.

Courtesy of City of Unalaska

The City Unalaska’s attorney has pinpointed which section of city code backed up the recall allegation against Mayor Frank Kelty.

Brooks Chandler declined KUCB’s request for an interview on the subject. But he has clarified that City Clerk Marjie Veeder used Unalaska Municipal Code 7.08.040 to approve the charge: “Attempting to sole-source land use agreements for the Unalaska Marine Center positions 5-7.”

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska’s DMV reopened this week after almost two months.

The Division of Motor Vehicles closed when its only agent went on personal leave.

Now, Acting Director Jennifer Shockley said the Department of Public Safety has trained another staff member.

"We'll be able to do IDs, vehicle registrations, and Class D drivers licenses — both written testing and road testing," she said. 

For the time being, the DMV won’t offer road tests for motorcyclists or drivers of commercial vehicles, because the new agent hasn’t received that training yet.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

City officials have debated splitting Unalaska’s fire and police divisions for months. Now, they’re also taking a closer look at the Department of Public Safety's director.

Specifically, “the consideration of removing the police chief designation," according to former city manager Nancy Peterson. 

While the Director of Public Safety has served as the police chief for years, Peterson said it’s time to examine whether that’s the most effective system.