There are over 1200 buoys and other navigational aids placed all along the U.S. coastline. Somebody’s got to repair them and make sure they all stay in position. That’s the responsibility of the Coast Guard’s buoy tenders; the black-hulled ships crewed by what could be described as the blue-collared members of the service.
Eight tenders from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon converged on Juneau this week for the annual Buoy Tender Round-Up. It’s chance for as many as 300 crewmembers to train together, and compete against each other. The Buoy Tender Olympics is the highlight. Events are based on day-to-day routines: the Chain Pull and Rescue Line Heave, Survival Suit Relay Swim, Crane Boom Spotting, Tug o’ War, and the Heat & Beat.
- Anchorage-based singer-songwriter Sophia Street and James Goodreau dropped into KTOO’s arts room to play a Red Carpet Concert.
- A bill to break up the FAA and privatize the nation’s air traffic controllers cleared the Transportation Committee in the U.S. House Thursday night.
- "Her focus on education, her focus on examining our city budget at a really deep level, not just a broad stroke policy level, but getting into the line items – I think that’s a really valuable for assembly members to go after the budget work," said Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl.
- Rep. Les Gara wants to make sure state budget cuts don’t fall too heavily on working-class and low-income people. Instead, he wants a new business tax.