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The city of King Cove says it has reached a deal with the Trump administration to build a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. King Cove residents argue they need the road to access the all-weather airport in Cold Bay. But environmental groups believe it will ruin critical wildlife habitat.

Now, city administrator Gary Hennigh says they have reached an agreement with the Interior Department for a land swap — between the King Cove Corporation and the federal government. He expects the deal to be signed January 22nd in Washington D.C.

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The city of King Cove is working closely with the Trump administration to find a way to build a road to Cold Bay through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sick mariner Friday night from a trawler near Cold Bay.

Officials say the F/V Unimak was fishing 50 miles northwest of the community when a crew member experienced “dizziness, weakness, [and] general confusion.”

Air Station Kodiak sent an HC-130 Hercules helicopter crew to hoist the man from the vessel. He was transported to Cold Bay for emergency medical care.

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Construction has begun at the Cold Bay Airport.

Built during World War II with one of the longest runways in the state, it's still one of the only airports in western Alaska that can handle major aircraft.

That's why the state is moving forward with a $13 million renovation of the facility.