High tech weather buoys boost level of maritime safety in PWS

New weather buoys deployed at the Port of Valdez to promote environmentally safe operation of the busy Valdez Marine Terminal and associated tankers are also being hailed as a safety asset for a variety of other maritime users in Prince William Sound.
Alaska Mountain Goat

Southwest PWS goat hunt is over

Registration permit hunt RG266 for mountain goats in Game Management Unit 6D closed by emergency order on Saturday, Oct. 17, to avoid the possibility of the harvest exceeding the limit, resulting in a reduction of future hunting opportunity.
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Burn victim evacuated from fishing vessel

A 43-year-old crewman with severe burns aboard the fishing vessel Bountiful was medevaced by the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday, Jan. 27.
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PWSRCAC applies for recertification

Officials of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council have submitted their application to the U.S. Coast Guard for recertification as the alternative voluntary advisory group to represent the best interests of the region.
The USCGC Fir. (Sept. 23, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Partial VHF-FM restored for PWS

VHF-FM communications have been restored within most of Prince William Sound, but western Prince William Sound, Wells Passage, Whittier and Passage Canal are still awaiting repairs.
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Kodiak hopes reality show will attract police recruits

The Kodiak Police Department hopes a new reality show featuring its officers will attract new recruits to an area where staffing has been difficult.
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The latest: Coast Guard identifies 2 survivors, 5 missing from Scandies Rose

“The decision to suspend an active search and rescue case is never easy, and it’s only made after careful consideration of a myriad of factors,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Bell. “Our deepest condolences to the friends and families impacted by this tragedy.”
The USCGC Fir. (Sept. 23, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Coast Guard working to improve PWS communications

U.S. Coast Guard officials are working with a new Alaska Native communications firm to try and reduce intermittent VHF-FM radio issues critical to mariners around Prince William Sound.
Adélie Penguins at sunset on Avian Island. Photo courtesy Anne Schaefer/for The Cordova Times

PWSSC researcher heads to Antarctica for field work

Prince William Sound Science Center research assistant Anne Schaefer is headed south for her second year working with penguins for long-term seabird research projects in Antarctica.
Aboard the M/V Aurora. (Sept. 19, 2019)

Communities want a solution to the ferry crisis sooner than later

“The Tustumena is still a good vessel. We do need a plan to replace it and we have the money in place to replace it,” says Sen. Gary Stevens. “We need to go beyond the draconian approach of cutting out anything that can’t pay its own way.”

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