Personnel of the Alaska Communication System received high praise today from City Manager Ralph Jones who said "the personnel, both civilian and military, of the ACS here are due the highest commendations for their unstinting performance during the initial stages of the disaster in keeping the lifeline of communications operating under the most trying conditions." He pointed out that two of the women civilian ACS operators have "appropriately been selected to receive the Meritorious Service Award, the highest award given by the American Legion, for the vital part they played in keeping communications open with the outside world and with the fishing fleet and other villages in the Kodiak Island area," The two women are Dorothy Valen and Lois Hausman. The City Manager paid tribute to all the ACS personnel headed by S/Sgt. A. "Buzz" Sawyer who from the time of the quake have worked to restore and make available 24 hours a day the vital telephone and telegraphic facilities of this island community. Others cited by name by the City Manager were: S/Sgt. Ronald Partlow, S/Sgt. A. "Buzz" Sawyer, NCOIC, Station Commander, Al/c John Daugherty, Al/c Lanny Watkins, E. W. Talbert, Jinny Carlson, Linda Russell, Jim Childs, Ruth Arneson (who incidentally is the ACS chief operator in Anchorage who was on leave visiting here and pitched right in to help!)
Increasing concern by Alaska Ice & Storage officials over the sea level problem was voiced this morning by Mr. Bill Gee who advised that they are erecting a 3 1/2 foot coffer dam around their engine room.
75 STUDENTS GONE
School Supt. Ivor Schott today said that school attendence records indicate that only about 75 students have left Kodiak, Refugees have been moved out of the school and the school is operating back on normal schedule again.
The following boys from High School were given permission to join the searching party on Tuesday, April 7, 1964:
Edward Deveau Nick Shuravloff Kenneth Lester Jon Lester Charles Magnussen Marvin Frost James Sholl Jim Fleming Gary BrumageVILLAGE REPORTS
EMPLOYMENT OFFICE ON RADIO
Employment Office Manager Doris Simon announced today that the Navy has granted use of the base radio station to assist in getting men for work. She urged employers to make their manpower needs known to the employment office and these would be broadcast over the base radio station.
Three agents of the Department of Agriculture arrived in Kodiak this morning and brought news of the possible establishment of an office here during the reconstruction period at least. District Agricultural Agent Ed Liebenthal, Program Leader James Matthews and Agriculture Engineer Robert Gilden arrived from Homer, Fairbanks, and Washington, D.C.
AMERICAN LEGION AWARDS
Six Kodiak residents have been selected to be awarded the American Legion Meritorious Service Award, according to George Cornelius. Joe Briones, Deputy Adjutant for the State of Alaska American Legion, is coming to Kodiak to make the award which is the highest citation given by the legion. The six selected to date are: Leon "Ole" Johnson, Dorothy Valen, Lois Hausman, Frank Irick, Ivor Schott, Trooper Don Church and City Manager Ralph Jones.
Pat Cannon advises that work on the Gibson Cove small boat harbor facility is "progressing nicely."
Sig Digree, publisher of the Kodiak Mirror, advises that their office temporarily will continue to be the Sears Roebuck Store. Production Manager Wayne Kotula left today for Soldotna where arrangements have been made for printing the Mirror until production facilities are rebuilt here. If everything goes as scheduled the printed Mirror's should return with Wayne on Friday afternoon's PNA flight.
KRAFT'S SUPERMARKET OPEN
Kraft's Supermarket reopened on a limited basis this morning. "It is a bit crude but we have reopened," owner Walter Kraft remarked.