This week kicks off the 2012 Coast Guard Buoy Round-up held by the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau. The event is a week-long series of training exercises for the Coast Guard.
There are 5 ships docked in Juneau including the 225-foot SPAR, Fir, Maple and the 175-foot Henry Blake and Anthony Petit. They are joined by the Canadian coast guard vessel Bartlett.
The event is an opportunity for crews to receive training and practice in areas such as buoy maintenance, safety equipment maintenance, and first aid.
The main event is the Buoy Olympics on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., when crews will compete against each other.
According to the Coast Guard, crews in Alaska service 1,250 navigational aids along 42,000 miles of coastline.
- Alaska Airlines pilots have reached a breaking point in negotiations with the company, and now have plans to picket outside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The pilots plan to picket starting at 1 p.m. Monday outside the airport in Anchorage.
- Jenkins was taking a practice run through the class four rapids when a bystander filming the event, noticed another participant, Daniel Hartung, 64, of Indian Valley, flipped out of his kayak and became pinned under a log.
- The Tazlina is the first of two new Alaska Class ferries that the Ketchikan Vigor Alaska shipyard is building for the state. Its two halves are complete and welded together, and shipyard workers are busy getting interior spaces done.
- The Alaska Marine Highway is taking reservations for October through April sailings. The schedule changed so the Matanuska can get new engines.