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Laura Kraegel

The cable vessel Ile de Sein is on its way to the North Slope, where soon it'll lay hundreds of miles of fiber optic cable for the Quintillion high-speed internet project.

Before shipping out this weekend, though, the vessel stopped in Unalaska to host a group of Quintillion's investors, industry partners, and other supporters — including Governor Bill Walker.

It was Walker's first trip to Unalaska in two years. He said he came to get a closer look at one of the ships bringing better internet to rural Alaska.

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Shell is back in Unalaska. Dutch Harbor was a staging area for Shell’s unsuccessful search for oil in the Arctic Ocean last year. This week, three ships — the Aiviq, the Dino Chouest, and the Ross Chouest — associated with Shell’s Arctic efforts arrived in Unalaska on a mission to remove the last signs of that effort.

A Shell representative says the vessels are “tasked with retrieving more than 50 anchors from the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas” and “completing required environmental science monitoring and reporting.”

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Starting next month, Unalaskans with CIGNA health insurance will get better reimbursement rates when they visit the clinic.

Executive Director Eileen Conlon Scott said Iliuliuk Family and Health Services has renegotiated its contract with one the biggest insurers on the island. That means 20 percent of clinic patients will save more money — including all city and school district employees.

"CIGNA agreed last week to pay 90 percent of all charges, which is probably one of the best contracts you can ever get in the medical insurance world," said Scott.

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel near Dutch Harbor Monday morning.

According to a Coast Guard press release, the crewmember experienced abdominal pain, headaches, and a fever for several days before his condition worsened. 

That's when a Seattle health company called the Coast Guard on behalf of the F/V Unimak, requesting an immediate medevac for the sick crewmember.

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The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is visiting Unalaska next week to help families register for the federal nutrition initiative.

"We serve pregnant women, new moms, and children up until age 5," said Krista Jordan, a WIC dietitian for the State of Alaska.

Jordan said WIC can provide families with health screenings, breastfeeding support, and nutrition education.

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