Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

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Unalaska's municipal election is scheduled for Oct. 6.


The city ballot, finalized Tuesday, shows the candidates vying for four open positions on the school board and City Council. 



Officials hope to wrap up the 2020 Census count in Unalaska before Sept.1, according to Jody Farmer, field supervisor for the Aleutians West Census Area. 

Originally, Unalaskans were expected to have until Oct. 31 to participate. Despite the shortened timeline, Farmer said Unalaskans are responding well, and he believes the six local enumerators—two of which are still training—will be able to complete the job in time.  

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Unalaska's nonprofits have always relied on a mixture of tourism, city funding, and local donors to keep their coffers full. But the coronavirus pandemic has threatened all three revenue streams.

Now, local nonprofits who were planning spring fundraisers or banking on cruise ship traffic are concerned about their financial futures. And though the City of Unalaska awarded the vast majority of their grant requests for fiscal year 2021, officials warn that next year will likely bring large funding cuts. 

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy has released 17 health mandates, or new sets of rules to try and protect Alaskans from COVID-19. 

Those mandates have been a little confusing and proved hard to enforce. But Unalaska's Department of Public Safety has come up with a novel solution. 



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While Unalaska was granted $1,120,265 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — or CARES Act — for its airport last week, many questions remain about what the funding can be used for. 

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to offset impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.