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PFD Use Rare In Port

Apr 18, 2016
Greta Mart

A fisherman on a Dutch Harbor-based trawler died last week, but not while he was working out at sea. Divers found his body underneath the dock where his employer's boat is berthed. Police are still investigating, but it appears the crewman fell in the water unseen upon returning from a night out on the town.

While fishing the Bering Sea is no longer the deadliest job, there's no guarantee port will be any safer. Yet wearing a life jacket once the boat is docked is decidedly uncommon. 

John Sarvis via Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski continues to push for reliable emergency medical transportation to King Cove.

Murkowski says the only solution for the community of 900 is an 11 mile gravel road connecting King Cove to Cold Bay through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Greta Mart

Public safety officials from around the region are gathered in Dutch Harbor discussing tsunami preparedness this week.

Dan Belanger of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says it's important for families and businesses to be prepared.

"Out here you’re on your own. You’re in Dutch Harbor. You’re in Alaska. You’re along way from -- I won’t say a long way from nowhere -- but you’re a long way from everything else. You have to be self sufficient, self-reliant. It may be awhile to get some help, so just being prepared," Belanger said.

Senator Lisa Murkowski wants the U.S. Department of Education to guarantee Alaskan students will not have to resume assessment testing this year.

At a meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee yesterday, Murkowski stressed problems with the Alaska Measure of Progress (AMP) test were more than technical glitches.

PenAir's New Planes, Seven Years And Counting

Apr 12, 2016
Chrissy Roes

Since about 2009, PenAir officials have been working on getting new planes for the Anchorage to Dutch Harbor route. The wait is almost over -- but not quite yet.

This week PenAir president Scott Bloomquist said the company is in the final stretch of necessary certification for the Saab 2000. Before any passengers can board, the Federal Aviation Administration has to sign off on the plane after what's called proving runs, which can last anywhere from 35 to 100 hours.

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