I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 9:33 AM GMT on January 01, 2012
Happy New Year.
2011 was good, but let’s move on. In 30 minutes, it is NY in NY. New Years in New York. After that, all other time zones get a replay. As always, low key for me. The only night you should NOT go out and party is tonight. Fireworks are scheduled at 11:59. Weather could be a factor. If not, it could be spectacular with all the snow in the background. Haystack Hill is the best view in town. I will take a short walk from halfway up to the summit for my viewing pleasure. Weather permitting.
A great opportunity for film.
You may hear DUTCH in the news this week. Some of you may recall the monster storm that hit western Alaska about a month ago. It went just north of us in Dutch. Well, that storm disrupted barge service to that area. Barges carrying fuel for that LONG winter. Critical fuel.
Not sure how we all got to THIS... But we have a RUSSIAN tanker coming to save the day. The original plan was to stop at Japan for fuel. But weather and LAW changed that. So it went and loaded almost a million gallons of fuel at SOUTH KOREA. Now it is coming to Dutch. It arrives Tuesday (or so) for another 400,000 gallons. FIRST the tanker must pass a test by the US to confirm its ability to operate in US waters safely. (Since the US cannot offer help). There was an exemption with the JONES ACT that allowed the tanker to proceed.
The RENDA, 370 feet in length, will arrive on my day off, and I will document it as best I can.
Once it “Filler ups” it will head north to Barrow. Now it needs help to get through the ice. Our friends at The Healy have been waiting since before I went on vacation. Healy is the ONLY operational ice cutter. They will lead the parade to NW Alaska. The shallow waters will stop the parade about a mile from shore. From there, the fuel will be offloaded via a mile long pipe laid out on top of the ice. Time to sweat it out.
Stay tuned for the outcome.
Florida is just a distant dream. Was I really there? All I have is some receipts to remind me... I did grab a flyer talking about the history of KEY WEST. Good stuff.
Key West was the biggest city in Florida in 1890, and was “richest” city in America. But things went downhill pretty quickly. The city eventually gave up and surrendered its powers. It was bankrupt.
Then there was the hurricane of 1935. Many WW1 veterans were in financial troubles due to the depression. The government offered them jobs to maintain the railroad that went down to Key West.
Everyone knew a hurricane was forming. The government hesitated in sending a train to evacuate, then sent it. It arrived as the hurricane arrived. Lower Matecumbe Key. There were hundreds of people waiting. Just as they were ready to board, a 20 foot wall of water hit the train and passengers. Only the engine remained upright, and the engineer survived. But everyone else died. Nobody knows the numbers. But 40 miles of track were washed away, and the railroad was never rebuilt.
Kentucky won the BIG game in the Bluegrass. Louisville had a surge at the end to make it look close. It was not really that. SOMEONE had to lose. It gets important in a couple months.
Weather is clear right now. Looks good for midnight.
New guy is gone for two weeks again. We were pretty busy today. Looks like it will get crazy soon. Wish I had spent more time in Key West. I did not know the history at that time.
Already I am looking forward to late May.
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