By Lee Revos
Editor Valdez Star 

News Briefs


Photo courtesy USCG

The US Coast Guard came to the aid of the vessel "Fishing Time" Monday after it began taking on water in Valdez waters.

Coast Guard responds to distressed boat

A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Valdez responded to a 30-foot fishing vessel taking on water near Valdez, Monday according to a press release issued by the US Coast Guard.

Coast Guard crew transferred a dewatering pump and damage control kit to the two boaters aboard the "Fishing Time," which received assistance in controlling the onboard flooding before escorting the vessel to Cordova.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from the crew aboard of the vessel after it began taking on water due to a four-inch crack in its hull the Coast Guard said.

"Watchstanders launched the Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew to the scene," the Coast Guard said. "The capability of our boatcrews to transport dewatering pumps to vessels can often prevent a small problem from

turning into a life-or-death situation."

Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Yonk, a Sector Anchorage watchstander recommended early reporting when vessels run into trouble on the water.

"It's always good for a mariner to be proactive and not wait until the last minute to notify the Coast Guard," Yonk said in the press release.

Weather on scene was reported as 4-foot seas and 15 mph winds.


Water outage slated for Robe River Subdivision

City water is scheduled to be temporarily shut off in the Robe River subdivision Wednesday according to the public information office for the City of Valdez.

Area homes are slated to be without water from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, for required maintenance.

"Notices will be delivered to those impacted by the outage," Deputy City Clerk Allie Hendrickson said in a press release. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience."

Hendrickson said questions should be directed to the Public Works Department at 835-4473.


Groups ask for rare wolf protections in southeast

(AP) Six conservation organizations want to stop hunting and trapping of a rare southeast Alaska wolf while the federal government decides whether the animals merit endangered species status.

The groups asked Fish and Game Department Commissioner Sam Cotton on Thursday to preemptively close hunting and trapping seasons for Alexander Archipelago wolves, a southeast Alaska species that den in the root systems of large trees.

They also asked the Federal Subsistence Board to close subsistence hunting and trapping, and the U.S. Forest Service to suspend logging and road-building for the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island, which will include old-growth forest.

Greenpeace and the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned to list the wolves as endangered in August 2011. The estimated population in the mid-1990s was 250 to 350 animals. The estimated wolf population last fall was 89, the groups said, with no more than 159 and perhaps as few as 50 animals, according to the groups.

That estimate was made before 29 wolves were legally harvested by hunters and trappers during the 2014-2015 hunting and trapping seasons.

Fowled water

This family of Gadwalls has been making its home near the shoreline of the Duck Flats on the Richardson Highway. The well- camouflaged mother and ducklings can often be spotted in the early evening hours.


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