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THE NEW ARCTIC FRONTIER

November 29, 2018
The Washington Post /

UNALASKA, Alaska ­— Army helicopters began flying in and out of the scraggily wilderness near this fishing town in August, surprising even the mayor.

The tan, twin-rotor Chinook aircraft thumped over treeless cliffs and the historic port of Dutch Harbor, parking at a mountainside airstrip too small to land jet airliners.

Soldiers came and went, sometimes staying at the main hotel in town, across the street from a bar called the Norwegian Rat Saloon. Unalaska’s mayor, Frank Kelty, said he called the military to find out what was going on but learned little.