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Look to the farthest end of the Aleutian chain, so far west that it’s actually east, and you’ll find the Komandorski Islands of Russia.

In 1867, the Alaska Purchase separated them from the rest of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. But today, people across the archipelago are still connected by a common history.

A recent cultural exchange helped to renew those ties, bringing Russians and Alaskans together on St. Paul Island.

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While the final decision is still months away, GCI has taken another small step toward bringing high-speed internet to Unalaska.

The telecommunications company applied for the project’s first permit this month.

If granted, the license from the Federal Communications Commission will allow GCI to extend its fiber optic network to the Aleutian chain.

PenAir

PenAir is still trying to determine why an airplane engine failed last week, forcing one of its Saab 340s to make an emergency landing in Sand Point.

PenAir's Mike Walsh said mechanics have removed the flight data recorder, or "black box," which documents a plane’s trip history.

They’re sending the device for inspection to pinpoint the cause of the failure.

In the meantime, the plane will remain in Sand Point.

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After a dangerous ammonia leak last winter, Kloosterboer Dutch Harbor is renovating its refrigeration system, investing in its hazmat team, and paying a $10,008 fine.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement this week.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an injured mariner Wednesday morning after he was hit in the head by block of frozen fish.

Officials say the F/V Defender was fishing 260 miles north of Cold Bay when a 37-pound block of frozen fish struck the man’s head.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew stationed in Cold Bay was sent to hoist the 21-year-old crew member from the vessel. He was transported to St. Paul and then Anchorage for emergency medical care.

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