PARKS AND REC ANNOUNCES ZIPFY RACE WINNERS
Levi Clubb, Liam Palmer, Issac Clubb and Justin Prax, members of Team Prospector (pictured above) took home the top honor for fastest team time during the 2nd Annual Parks and Recreation Zipfy races with a time of 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Parks and Recreation’s director, Darryl Verfaillie, achieved the fastest track time of the day with a course time total of 27 seconds. Pictured above: Team Prospector with the winning thophy. Photo provided by Wendy Clubb. CLICK HERE for more zipfy race results. CLICK HERE for more pictures from the zipfy races
LADY BUCS QUALIFY FOR STATE
The Valdez Buccaneer teams met with teams from around Alaska over the weekend for the 2014 Aurora Conference March Madness regional games co-hosted by Delta and Galena. Both teams started the tournament with games against Hutchison. The girls came off the court with a victory and the boys taking a loss. On Friday during match ups with Galena the Buccaneer boys gained a hard fought win 74-71, with a 3 point buzzer beater from Caj Rohrer. The Lady Bucs played a close game ultimately losing to Galena 69-60. Both teams went up against Hutchison again on Saturday. The boys team played a tough game but couldn’t pull out a win with a final score of 83-72. Later that day the Lady Bucs took a 15 point lead to win against Hutchison, 51-36, securing 2nd place in the tournament and a place at State coming up March 21-22nd.
USCG TO CONDUCT FISHING VESSEL INSPECTIONS IN CORDOVA
With fishery openings around the corner local Coast Guard forces will be traveling to Cordova to inspect fishing vessels. Mariners can schedule free commercial fishing vessel safety exams “to improve preparedness and ensure they are in compliance with current regulations” says USCG representative LT Allie Ferko. The USCG Marine Safety Unit will send a team of commercial vessel examiners to Cordova for the inspections starting April 18th and running through the 23rd. “A successful exam will earn the vessel a Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel safety decal. Some vessels, including those used to pursue halibut individual fishing quotas, are required by the National Marine Fisheries Service to have a valid decal prior to carrying their mandatory NMFS observer aboard, ” reports Ferko. According to Chief Petty Officer Steve Blythe, "Having a decal will reduce the scope of future boardings by Coast Guard law enforcement personnel. Coast Guard policy states that vessels with a decal can receive a spot check of certain safety items. Boarding teams may also focus on vessels that have not already been visited by the Coast Guard if numerous vessels are fishing in an area."
Mariners wishing to complete their annual exam in Cordova should contact MSU Valdez examiners before April 16, 2014 either via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (907-255-8724). Information required to schedule an exam include preferred date and time, slip number, type of vessel (ie, bowpicker, seiner, etc), size, name, and color of vessel, and owner contact information.
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