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A U.S. Navy warship called on Unalaska last week, marking the branch's first visit since the closure of Adak's base in the 1990s.

While city and tribal officials took the opportunity to push for a larger military presence on the island, other community members were wary of the crowds and chaos that came with 1,000 extra people in a community of about 4,500.

As Arctic Ice Melts, Will The Navy Return To Adak?

Sep 27, 2019
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Amid the wind, waves, and rain, a strange ship roared through Kuluk Bay toward the shores of Adak.

It looked out of place, speeding past misty green mountains of the western Aleutian Island, a cross between a speedboat and an industrial fishing barge. With alarming speed, it lurched from the shore onto the beach, kicking up dark swirls of sand and sea spray. Its cargo trickled down of a ramp: Humvees, U.S. Marines, a compact green bulldozer. Everything you would need in an invasion.

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The U.S. Navy warship USS Somerset has docked in Unalaska. Despite Navy officials' earlier concerns about limited space onboard, the vessel will be open Friday for public tours.

Unalaskans are invited to park their cars and line up at the city dock from 2 to 7 p.m. After clearing a security checkpoint, they'll be taken for tours in groups of 20. 

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Friday marks the end of Alaska's student count period, which determines how much funding public schools receive.

 

To get full funding, schools need at least 10 students. But at the Yakov E. Netsvetov school in Atka, there are only six. Unless four more students enroll, this will be the last year there's a school in Atka.

 

Courtesy of Alain Beauparlant

After more than 40 years of quiet, the Great Sitkin Volcano has grown restless.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) raised its alert level last week after Adak residents reported a steam plume rising 1,000 feet above the summit.

AVO Geophysicist Dave Schneider said the plume is just the latest sign of life at Great Sitkin, which has shown increasing seismic activity since the summer of 2016. That’s why the AVO upgraded its alert level from “normal” to “advisory.”

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