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Coast Guard commandant says Healy's Nome mission was almost missed by other requests
In a Wednesday morning hearing on the 2013 Coast Guard budget, Adm. Robert Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard, revealed that the icebreaker Healy’s daring trip to Nome almost didn’t happen. “In fact, we lucked out because the National Science Foundation lost their lease for the Swedish icebreaker they were using to break out McMurdo in Antarctica this year,” Papp said. “They came to me and asked if we would chang...
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Alaska Supreme Court considers redistricting arguments today
JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court is preparing to consider arguments over a plan to change the state's legislative boundaries in a case that will affect upcoming elections. Attorneys for two Fairbanks-area residents challenging Alaska's redistricting plan say the court should allow this year's elections to be conducted under the existing configuration, rather than one they deem unconstitutional. The court mus...
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Boom operator killed while working in Seward harbor
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 52-year-old California man died when his boom truck tipped as he loaded fishing equipment onto a vessel in the Seward small boat harbor. The Anchorage Daily News ( http://bit.ly/JpD3Pl ) reports Felix Morales fell 23 feet from the truck cab onto the deck of the fishing boat and suffered a head injury. Morales' hometown was not immediately available. Lt. Louis Tiner says police took the call on t...
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Alaska airman arrested in connection with another's disappearance
ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alaska-based airman charged with felony evidence tampering in connection with the disappearance of another airman initially told Anchorage police his missing friend texted him a few days after he vanished, saying he was sick and getting medical treatment, according to charging documents filed Wednesday. James Devinn Thomas, 24, changed his story after police determined that the cellphone belong...
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Indian court forbids Exxon Valdez from scrapyard
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Supreme Court has banned the Exxon Valdez from entering India until the ship responsible for one of the worst U.S. oil spills is decontaminated. A shipbreaking firm bought the vessel to dismantle it, and the ship now known as the Oriental Nicety entered Indian waters last week. The court order says the erstwhile Exxon Valdez should not be allowed to berth until it has been decontaminated. ...
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Grounded troller sinks in Sitka channel after failed tow
SITKA (AP) — A 43-foot commercial fishing boat that ran aground last week in Sitka is now in worse shape. The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports the wood troller, the Igloo, sank Saturday as it was being towed. The boat ran aground Friday on rocks off Sitka’s airport runway, which had recently been extended. No one was hurt and two people on board were rescued. The Coast Guard says the Igloo was refloated at high tide S...
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Searchers find missing 13-year-old hiker in Southeast
PORT PROTECTION (AP) — A 13-year-old southeast Alaska girl missing since a weekend hike has been found alive. Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says Makayla McRoberts will be evaluated by medics aboard a Coast Guard helicopter on scene. But she says the teen doesn’t appear to have any injuries. Ground searchers found Makayla at about noon Tuesday. The exact location wasn’t immediately known. Makayla d...
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Coast Guard helicopter crews deploy to Cordova ahead of busy summer
Air Station Kodiak’s summer shift is under way this month as helicopters return home from Cold Bay and head out to Cordova. It’s the start of a busy summer for the air station, which for the first time will operate search and rescue missions from a forward operating base in Barrow as well. A long-range MH-60 Jayhawk deployed to Cordova with a support crew on April 30 to respond to crises during the peak fishing se...
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Two beachcombers plucked from Alaska Peninsula by Coast Guard
A Cold Bay pair’s planning foresight is being credited as the key to a successful Coast Guard rescue last weekend on the Alaska Peninsula. According to the Coast Guard, two men were hoisted from the north side of the peninsula after a family member reported them overdue from a trip to Izembek Lagoon. “The two men filed a detailed float plan with friends and family with the time they were leaving and returning, whi...
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Alaska ferry Matanuska rams Ocean Beauty dock in Petersburg
ANCHORAGE (AP) — One of Alaska’s largest state ferries hit a seafood processing plant’s dock head-on Monday, causing significant damage, officials said. The 408-foot Matanuska ferry hit the dock belonging to Ocean Beauty, said Jeremy Woodrow, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Transportation. The Petersburg Pilot reported the face of the Ocean Beauty cement dock was heavily damaged, dock pilings were broken ...
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