ELECTION

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The Unalaska City Council appointed Thomas D. Bell to an empty council seat at a special meeting Thursday night.

Jim Fitch resigned from the council in November, about two years into his three-year term, leaving a vacancy.

After accepting Fitch's resignation, the City Council announced it would accept applications for his vacant seat through early January.

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City Councilor Jim Fitch is resigning his seat about two years into his three-year term. He said he's retiring to Olympia, Washington after more than 30 years in Unalaska.

"I raised my kids here. It's been a great place," said Fitch. "But as I get older, I have other needs. Part of it is being around my family more. Part of it is health issues. And I'd like to be in a little bit nicer weather climate so I can ride my motorcycle and take my wife on trips."

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Vince Tutiakoff Sr. was sworn in as Unalaska's mayor at Tuesday's City Council meeting, which was dominated by discussion of last week's fatal plane crash and subsequent suspension of regular air service.

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Unalaska's school board has a new look — and a new time slot.

Bob Cummings and Josh Good were sworn in last week as members of the Unalaska City School District's board of education.

Cummings replaced Frank Kelty, who retired from seat C after two terms, including the last as president. Good replaced seat D's Denise Rankin, having unseated her by 16 votes in the Oct. 4 election. Cummings and Good were both elected to three-year terms.

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Ceremonies comprised a good chunk of Tuesday's meeting of the City Council.

Councilors, city staffers, and community members delivered the biggest honors to Mayor Frank Kelty and Councilor Roger Rowland, two longtime local politicians who didn't seek reelection this year.

"I've had a great run," said Kelty. "Unalaska will always be my home."

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