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Aleutians East Borough

In Sand Point, police have arrested a local resident who was previously at large, following a spree of burglaries and thefts.

Officer Eric Tupper said police can't release the name of the individual yet, citing the ongoing investigation. But he said the person faces more than 10 pending charges.

The crimes began about two weeks ago, when the individual broke into the main city building and a local bar. Police issued an arrest warrant, but they couldn't find the individual until Thursday morning.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

Starting Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard is holding two weeks of public hearings as part of the investigation into the sinking of the F/V Alaska Juris.

The 220-foot factory trawler went down in the Bering Sea near Kiska Island in July, forcing 46 crewmembers to abandon ship in survival suits. Everyone was rescued, but the vessel itself was never recovered.

Michiel1972 via Wikimedia Commons

Officials in Sand Point have wanted to expand city limits for years, but they've never filed a formal petition until now.

U.S. Army Air Forces via Wikimedia Commons

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.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

It's been four months since the F/V Alaska Juris sank in the Bering Sea, and the U.S. Coast Guard is still trying to figure out why its engine room flooded, forcing 46 crewmembers to abandon ship near Kiska Island.

Lt. Rven Garcia leads the investigations division for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.

He said investigators have scheduled two weeks of public hearings in Seattle to determine why the 220-foot trawler went down.

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