Coast Guard aircraft crews are looking for a missing skiff in Northwest Alaska with two people and two dogs onboard. The 17-foot skiff was heading from Koyuk to Unalakleet when it disappeared earlier this week.
Lieutenant Crystal Hudak of the Coast Guard command center in Juneau said Thursday morning that were dispatching an H-60 helicopter from their Forward Operating Location, or new summertime base, in Barrow to look for the skiff. A C-130 aircraft, already positioned in Anchorage, was also being dispatched to help search for the skiff.
Another C-130 aircraft is being sent from Kodiak to meet up with the H-60 in Kotzebue. They’ll transport a second helicopter crew which will relieve the first crew for the search.
The cutter Bertholf is also being diverted to help search.
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- The Juneau Assembly has adopted its equal rights ordinance, adding protection against discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
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