Not that long ago, the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman was intercepting illegal drugs off the coast of sunny and warm Costa Rica. Her captain was the Coast Guard’s attaché in Mexico City.
Now Sherman is headed to the cold and wet of the far north.
The cutter arrived in Juneau Wednesday, put to the test by the big wind and rain storm that slammed Southeast Alaska. Rosemarie Alexander talked with Commanding Officer, Capt. Joe Hester, about the trip from the Sherman’s home port of San Diego — where the weather is nearly always nice — to Alaska.
The 43-year-old ship is one of a class of ships being decommissioned by the Coast Guard, to be replaced by bigger, faster cutters. Here are more stories about the ship and her crew.
- Mayor Ken Koelsch, Debbie White and Mary Becker opposed it. Deputy Mayor Jerry Nankervis was on a scratchy phone connection and did not respond to the roll call to vote.
- The proposal for a 130-unit high-rise apartment building to be built over a downtown city parking lot has alarmed some community members. But city officials say there is no final plan and closure of the deal is still months away.
- “Things have to have an endpoint to it, or they have to have something that keeps directing you, telling you that you’re in the right area,” said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
- The Department of the Interior announced today that 29 local Alaska governments would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.