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Following months of intense public criticism, Unalaska’s mayor is now facing a recall effort.

Frank Kelty has denied allegations that he interfered with the former city manager or forced his resignation.

But the recall petition isn’t centered on recent clashes at City Hall. Instead, it accuses the mayor of backroom dealings regarding the city dock.  

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It’s summer construction season in Unalaska, and drivers should expect road closures and delays around the island.

Director of Public Works Tom Coenhour said Captains Bay Road will experience the longest delays.

The road will be narrowed to one lane in August, so the city can trench and install 7,000 feet of new electrical wiring. Road crews will be there to ensure drivers don't wait for long.

“We have it as part of the contract that delays cannot be a longer than eight minutes,” said Coenhour. “That’ll allow traffic to keep flowing as much as possible.”

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GCI won’t be allowed to build a new cell phone tower in the Unalaska Valley. At least, not yet.

On Tuesday, the Unalaska City Council voted against the telecommunications company and its plan to construct a 65-foot tower on a hillside overlooking the Shaishnikoff Subdivision.

The unanimous decision came after a nearby property owner filed an appeal against the project, which had been approved by the Unalaska Planning Commission, 4-1.

Rufina Shaishnikoff protested the GCI tower, which would have sat on a commercially zoned plot in a mostly residential area.

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Unalaska’s city dock is about to get a major makeover.

The City Council approved a $39 million renovation Tuesday night, authorizing top bidder Turnagain Marine Construction to replace two aging docks at the Unalaska Marine Center. 

Annie Ropeik

After nearly 10 years, Unalaska has taken one of the final steps in making the new Unalaska Marine Center a reality -- finding financing for the $44 million dock renovation.

Mayor Frank Kelty pushed the project forward at Tuesday's City Council meeting, after councilors split over whether to partner with the Alaska Bond Bank Authority.

Kelty broke the tie and voted to authorize the sale of city bonds worth $35 million, which will be shopped to investors for startup cash.

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