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The Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska is once again accepting aluminum cans for free recycling, putting an end to a 16-month-long pause on recycling on the island. 

The tribe had previously been recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles, but put the project on hold in March of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered many of the island's facilities.

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Earlier this month, a local dog made history when he jumped into the frigid waters at the Carl E. Moses Boat Harbor alongside a group of Unalaska Matson employees. Cubby — a nearly two-year-old chocolate lab and blue heeler mix — and the other shipping company employees were participating in a polar plunge fundraising event to raise money for Special Olympics athletes in Alaska. And according to Matson's Alaska Community Affairs Manager Dylan Faber, Cubby was the first dog to participate in the state's Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

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The company that supplies Unalaska with a weekly vessel service wants to reassure Unalaska residents that there will be no interruption in its supply chains. 

Matson has not missed a shipment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The shipping company has a unique view of the effect of COVID-19 on the global economy. According to Bal Dreyfus, Matson's senior vice president, Alaska, there's been a not-so-surprising increase in certain orders.  


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This week, KUCB has been reporting on the allegations against Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty and how recall elections work.

Currently, state law dictates city clerks evaluate recall petitions, but they don’t have to prove the charges actually occurred. This means elected officials can be recalled simply because the voters don’t like them.

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On Monday, KUCB reported that sponsors of the petition to recall Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty have no proof supporting their allegation that he pursued illegal dock agreements.

Now, we bring you the story of why the recall is still moving forward -- without evidence.

Sponsor Erin Enlow Anderson said the recall is a vote of no confidence in Kelty and how he’s been running the city.