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The City of Unalaska will close the Aquatics Center, Library, and Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation to the public starting on Monday, March 16. 

The announcement came a day after Gov. Mike Dunleavy extended public schools' spring break by a week due to concern over coronavirus. With schools shuttered until March 30, the city felt that closing other community centers was a necessary next step. 

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Pre-meet excitement turned quickly to adrenaline when the plane carrying the Cordova swimmers ran off the runway at Unalaska's airport on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Though they suffered no critical physical injuries, concern for the swimmers' mental health took priority.

They stayed the night Alexandria House, and Unalaska's swim team and other community members provided clothes and comfort. The Cordova team flew home the next day on a chartered flight to be with their families.

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Unalaska's Aquatic Center is reopening this weekend after six months of renovations.

While the swimming pool its​elf remains the same, Aquatics Manager Brina Lynch said the area has been upgraded with new start​ing blocks, a new scoreboard with a touch-pad timing system, and new speake​rs.

Those improvements should help the Raiders swim team and its supporters, according to Lynch.