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March 30, 1989

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Exxon oil spill headed toward Resurrection Bay – The massive Exxon Valdez oil spill that is polluting Prince William Sound is totally out of control and will soon begin moving toward Resurrection Bay and Kodiak, spreading the danger of destruction to fish, shellfish and sea mammals all along the southern coast of the Kenai Peninsula and beyond. Meanwhile Exxon, the company responsible for the spill, has mounted cleanup efforts that can only be described as pitiable. According to Dr. David Shaw of the University of Alaska’s Institute of Marine Science in Fairbanks, there is counterclockwise flow of water in the Sound, entering at Hinchenbrook Entrance, turning left at Valdez Arm and exiting through Montague Strait. From there the flow joins the Alaska Coastal Current and heads southwest along Blying Sound, past the mouth of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park, then on to Kodiak. The crude oil in the water column that hasn’t washed up on Prince William Sound beaches will exit the Sound in about a week from the time of the spill and begin its migration. The crude oil in the water column will dilute in several weeks to a month, according to Shaw. The primary danger offshore, since the oil floats until it reaches a shoreline, is plankton and sea mammals. But the real hazard, Shaw told the LOG, is to shellfish such as mussels, which accumulate toxins from the crude. They are so effective at storing pollutants that they are commonly used by scientists to measure toxic levels in marine systems.

Danger of more spills looms on horizon – The Exxon Valdez disaster that dumped more than 240,000 barrels of crude oil in to Alaska’s Prince William Sound resulted from human error. But the aging of the fleet that serves the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System via its Valdez terminal may result in structural failures that further threaten the region even as the current spill is being cleaned up. Just 15 days before the Exxon Valdez ran aground at Bligh Reef, another of the company’s tankers, the Exxon North Slope, developed a four-foot long crack in her deck during a storm in the Gulf of Alaska. And in mid-January, the 30-year-old tanker Cove Leader developed a crack below the waterline and spilled 50 barrels of crude oil into Port Valdez, just days after the tanker Thompson Pass on Jan. 3 leaked almost 1,700 barrels in the same harbor.

Urbach’s – Just in... Mens Black Work Boots. Womens New Patent Flats.

Flood report says abandon Seward – A slapdash flood draft report prepared for the Kenai Peninsula Borough which recommended the relocation of Seward and the abandonment of the Lowell Creek Tunnel, Lowell Point and Fourth of July facilities because of potential earthquake destruction has been labeled irresponsible by borough and local officials. The $10,000 draft study by Geomax of Bozeman, Mont. was called an “absolute comedy of errors” by borough Mayor Don Gilman. “It’s silly, ridiculous.” The “Hazard Identification and Analysis” was supposed to have been prepared on how to mitigate flood damage. Instead, it addresses potential earthquake damage. “We’ve said ‘we don’t accept it,’ “ Gilman said. “We want him to give us what we asked him to do. The S.O.B. went off the deep end.”

SEA undertakes ‘greening’ project – Seasonal visitors stroll down the streets of Seward and get glimpses of many things they come to see in Alaska. They also stumble on to places that are not much to gawk at. You know, those empty spaces between businesses that appear like gaps between the teeth of an otherwise pleasant smile. Those barren lots. The Seward Enhancement Association is acting on some of the suggestions of syndicated horticulture columnist Jeff Lowelfels, and is undertaking a greening project that may fill those lots with flowers and park benches. The only catch is that the SEA needs help.

Liberty Theatre – Now showing: “Tequila Sunrise.” Showing next: “Working Girl.”

Logging accident takes man’s life – A local man who was clearing logs from the new Seward Elementary School construction site died from a massive head injury on May 25, according to a Seward police report. Richard W. Hill, 48, was discovered kneeling beside some felled logs by this timber clearing partner Fran White just before 8:43 a.m., said SPD Corporal Bill Chapman. The police investigation turned up no clear explanation for the injury because there was no witness, but Chapman said that a log may have bound up, the flipped up and hit Hill.

Metco – Doing nothing is the most tiresome job in the world because you can’t quit and rest.


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