Local government news from the KUCB Newsroom.

Strong Support For Bernie Sanders In Unalaska

Mar 26, 2016
Greta Mart

36 Democratic voters gathered at Unalaska's Methodist church to caucus for their preferred presidential candidate Saturday. Most came to support Bernie Sanders, but six voters headed to the Clinton corner when it was time for the morning's fan out.

The areas designated for Rocky De La Fuente backers and the undecided remained empty. Sanders garnered 30 votes, receiving three delegates. Unalaska's six votes for Hillary Clinton earned her one delegate from this area of Alaska's House District 37.

Extreme Makeover Coming For Aquatics Center

Mar 9, 2016
Greta Mart

This week the Unalaska City Council agreed to pay just over $2 million for a renovation to the city's Aquatics Center.

In what promises to be a comprehensive remodel of the municipal pool, the project is slated to begin at the end of April and keep the pool complex closed through July.

The city's parks, culture and recreation director, D. Tyrell McGirt, says that the pool complex will be closed for about three months, but the plan is to have the project done and pool reopened in time for the high school swim season.

Unalaskan voters who are already registered Republicans - or want to be - will now have a chance to participate in the Alaska Presidential Preference Poll this coming Tuesday.

Until this week, it looked like local Republicans wouldn't be able to cast their votes in the poll since voting must be done in person - and the nearest polling place for District 37, which encompasses the Aleutian Islands and a large portion of the southwest mainland, was in Naknek.

Unalaskan Democrats Organize Local Caucus

Feb 24, 2016

This week in Nevada, Republican voters gave Donald Trump 14 more delegates; last Saturday, Democratic voters in that state and Republicans in South Carolina voiced their choices for who should be their party's presidential candidate.

So, when do Unalaska voters get to weigh in on who should be the final contenders for the White House in 2016? If you're a registered Republican, you're out of luck - unless someone organizes an official local polling place before next Tuesday, March 1. [Editor's note: please see update at the end of this story.]


Jennifer Shockley has been named as Unalaska's next deputy police chief. She replaces Mike Holman, who was promoted to Public Safety Director when Jamie Sunderland retired last month.

Shockley is currently in Virginia attending the FBI National Academy, she's participating in a ten-week course and will return to Unalaska at the end of March. She said the FBI training will be a huge asset for her new job, since it's focused on executive leadership development course.