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Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association

Officials are investigating a fire that broke out in False Pass over the weekend near a local fish processing plant.

The blaze began on Sunday around 4 a.m. in the machine shop of Bering Pacific Seafoods. That's according to a press release from the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, which owns and operates the company.

The processing plant wasn't damaged after the False Pass volunteer fire department contained the blaze to a standalone warehouse used for storage and maintenance. 

There were also no injuries.  

Driver In Atka Crash Arrested

Aug 11, 2016
Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB

Alaska State Troopers have arrested the driver of a van that crashed in the village of Atka this June, killing three people and injuring six others.

 

28-year-old Sonny Iloilo of Anchorage was taken into custody yesterday afternoon. He was arrested after being discharged from a local hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for injuries related to the crash.

 

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.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

 

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.”

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

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.

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