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A clerk for the City of Unalaska says a petition to recall Mayor Frank Kelty does not have enough valid signatures. But one day after being informed, the petitioners say they have the signatures they need to move forward.

The petition charges Kelty with “attempting to sole-source land use agreements for the Unalaska Marine Center positions 5-7.” It was submitted to the clerks office on Dec. 15 with 172 signatures and rejected Thursday.

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The Unalaska City Clerks department is checking signatures on a petition to recall Mayor Frank Kelty. The petition, which charges Kelty with “attempting to sole-source land use agreements for the Unalaska Marine Center positions 5-7,” was submitted to the office Friday.

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The City Council is considering installing a fence around the Unalaska Marine Center.

City officials say they’ve won a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to surround the port with an eight-foot fence topped with barbed wire.

Some councilors expressed support for beefing up security during Tuesday's regular meeting. But most were hesitant because the city would be on the hook for an estimated $463,000.

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The City Council has postponed the search for Unalaska’s next city manager until January.

On-site interviews were scheduled to take place in the next two weeks. But on Tuesday, the council voted 4-2 to extend the recruitment timeline at least another a month.

The delay comes at the recommendation of Interim City Manager Nancy Peterson.

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An Unalaska fire captain has been recognized as Alaska’s emergency medical responder of the year.

Medic Salvador Alvarado won the award for a bold rescue last winter, beating out more than 40 EMS providers across the state.

The call came in at 12:45 p.m.: Ammonia was leaking inside an industrial freezer at the Kloosterboer cold storage facility.

Captain Salvador Alvarado rushed to the scene, where he learned that a worker was trapped inside with the toxic chemical.