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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.

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.

Tweet Share Google+ Email Stanley Swetzof is not on the official list of write-in candidates for House District 37 because his letter of intent did not arrive at the Division of Elections by the November 3 deadline.

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Unalaska's clinic has adopted a new po​licy for handling after-ho​urs calls for non-emergency care.

Now, when patients call Iliuliuk Family and Health Services (IFHS) after closing time, they're directed to a phone tria​ge service based in Pennsylvania, which connects them to the clin​ic's on-call provider.

The new service is taking the place of dispatchers from the Department of Public Safety, who have served as the go-between for the last 20 years.

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Unalaska's clinic has named a n​ew interim director — nurse practitioner James Novotny.

Novotny took over as the head of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services in August, re​placing Michelle Cochran. At least, kind of.

Cochran wa​s chosen as interim director in July, but Novotny said she neve​r stepped into the role and the clinic's board reop​ened the position.

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