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CG e-Newsletter
February 24, 2005

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 In this week's newsletter:


Cuba Burns 25 Sacks of Seized Marijuana

Wed Feb 23,10:18 PM ET

By VANESSA ARRINGTON, Associated Press Writer

BOCA DE SAMA, Cuba - Cuban officials declared their fight against drugs a national security issue after destroying 25 sacks of marijuana recently seized with U.S. Coast Guard backup by tossing them into a boiling-hot cauldron.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=589&ncid=721&e=8&u=/ap/20050224/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/cuba_drug_fight

Area waterway could make for drug smuggler's dream

February 24,2005

The Monitor

PORT ISABEL - For 1,109 miles between Brownsville and the Florida Panhandle, the Intercoastal Waterway provides sheltered passage for commercial ships piloting around the Gulf of Mexico.

http://www.themonitor.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=5849&Section=Local

USCG COMMANDANT IN IMO TALKS

Friday, 18 February 2005

US Coast Guard chief Thomas Collins has met IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos at IMO's headquarters in London.

http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystorydetails.cfm?storyid=5124&type=2

Military exercises on Strait of Juan de Fuca

2005-02-24

The U.S. Coast Guard is joining forces with the Canadian Navy and Air Force this week to conduct security exercises in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Esquimalt Harbour.

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/sited/story/html/186815

Coast Guard Protecting Shores, Waterways of Guantanamo Bay

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Feb. 18, 2005 -- U.S. Coast Guardsmen are helping their Defense Department brethren by working to protect the coasts and waterways of this American military outpost in the Caribbean.

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Feb2005/n02182005_2005021801.html

Waterside Ops, Potomac Style

By PA2 Judy L. Silverstein, USCG
U. S. Coast Guard
February 22, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the nation's capitol had its first major snowfall of the season Jan. 19, 2005, many noted it was also the day before the Inauguration, where security reached historic proportions.

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,uscg1_022205.00.html

Coast Guard cutter patrols Lake Huron
Crew part of Homeland Security effort

By Randy Conat

- (02/11/05)--When you think of Michigan's Great Lakes you think of summers filled with boating or hours spent on warm, sandy beaches.

http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/news/021105_NW_da_ship.html

Nuclear deterrent team proposed for San Diego in Bush budget

By Toby Eckert
COPLEY NEWS SERVICE

1:12 p.m. February 17, 2005

WASHINGTON - San Diego's ports would get beefed-up protection against nuclear or radiological terrorism under a little-noticed proposal in President Bush's budget.

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/terror/20050217-1312-cnsnukes.html

Improved Security at Ports Urged

*  Sen. Feinstein calls for reforms during a news conference with port officials in Long Beach.

By Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer

Describing the nation's ports as the "soft underbelly" of homeland security, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Wednesday urged immediate reforms to strengthen counterterrorism laws and assure that funds go to coastal facilities at highest risk of attack.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-port24feb24,1,1611876.story?coll=la-headlines-california&ctrack=2&cset=true

For Some, Avalon Is Alcatraz

*  Wary of federal officials aboard ferries, many illegal immigrants refuse to leave Catalina, forgoing shopping trips and visits with relatives.

By Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writer

The bright orange postcard is easy to spot on display at souvenir shops that dot Avalon: "Help! I'm marooned on Catalina Island."

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-stranded24feb24,1,4173677.story?coll=la-headlines-california&ctrack=3&cset=true

Port of Baltimore Replaces Security Company after Operations Review
Sleeping on the job, abandoned posts, violations of federal regulations causes port administrator to remove previous security company from job

Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) - The security company at the Port of Baltimore has been changed after the U.S. Coast Guard found officers were sleeping on the job, abandoning their posts and violating federal security regulations, according to a memo sent to port administrator James J. White.

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/article/article.jsp?id=3134&siteSection=306

2 ships' future is on thin ice

By MIKE BARBER
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

ABOARD THE USCGC POLAR SEA -- Although it carries no heavy armament, this U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker is a fighting ship.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/212945_icebreaker21.html

'Polar rollers' -- the U.S. lifeline to Antarctica
Icebreakers also act as platforms for scientific studies of depths

By MIKE BARBER
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

Instead of working pier-side while his ship, Polar Sea, is being repaired, Coast Guard Capt. Bruce Toney would rather be under way in Antarctica, up in the "aloft con."

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/212922_icesider21.html

Feds say they will monitor LNG facilities effects on marine life

2/23/2005, 4:53 p.m. CT

By CAIN BURDEAU

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - To ensure that marine life is not threatened by deepwater terminals that liquefy natural gas with sea water that is rich with fish eggs and zooplankton, federal agencies plan to monitor the environmental damage the terminals may do.

http://www.nola.com/newsflash/louisiana/index.ssf?/base/news-14/1109199252268800.xml&storylist=louisiana

Coast Guard to abandon station on eroding Outer Banks

The Associated Press

February 21, 2005

The Coast Guard has decided to stop spending money to protect its station at Cape Hatteras after winter storms wiped out a 12-foot sand dune and brought the surf within 150 feet of the installation.

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050221/APN/502210641&cachetime=3&template=dateline

Coast Guard to add to fleet
New pier at naval station for Blue Shark

By Brian Kelly
Herald Writer

The Coast Guard is building a new pier at Naval Station Everett for the base's newest ship, the coastal patrol boat Blue Shark.

http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/05/02/22/100loc_shark001.cfm

Coast Guard suspends search for missing Sciuate fisherman

The Associated Press

February 21, 2005

After searching 500 square miles of ocean over 17 hours, often during miserable weather conditions, the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing Scituate fisherman.

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050221/APN/502210691&cachetime=3&template=dateline

Coast Guard Rescues Apparent Heart Attack Victim

A medical emergency on the open water called for a quick response by the U.S. Coast Guard.

http://www.klfy.com/Global/story.asp?S=2977395

Men Call 911 After Snowmobile Falls Through Ice
One Man Suffers From Hypothermia

POSTED: 9:09 am EST February 24, 2005
Two men were rescued from Lake St. Clair early Thursday morning after a snowmobile fell through the ice in Bouvier Bay.

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/4227595/detail.html

Gadgets help locate lost seafarers


The Orlando Sentinel

(KRT) - Twenty miles off the coast of St. Petersburg, Fla., two fishermen were awakened by the heart-stopping sensation of water rushing into their boat.

http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/mld/ledgerenquirer/news/nation/10933794.htm

Coast Guard Frees Some Pots From Whale

DEPOE BAY, Ore. - A whale rescue operation was underway off the coast of Depoe Bay Monday, after beach-goers spotted one of the huge mammals tangled up in a crab net about half a mile offshore.

http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=75134

'Life and death scream' leads to recovery of two stolen yachts

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TACOMA, Wash. -- An unexplained scream from a young woman who appeared to be unharmed led to the recovery of two stolen yachts worth more than $1 million and the arrest of a man, authorities said.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/aplocal_story.asp?category=6420&slug=WA%20Stolen%20Yachts

COAST GUARD SEARCHING FOR MISSING PLANE

Published: February 23, 2005

By Brian Bullock

Pilot staff writer

The discovery of a Crescent City woman's body off the coast of Brookings Tuesday morning set off a massive search for a missing plane, and its pilot, that may have plummeted into the icy water.

http://www.currypilot.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=10149

Coast Guard Eagle Gets New Wind in Her Sails

by PA3 Susan Blake
U. S. Coast Guard
February 23, 2005

NEW LONDON, Conn. - As the Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle prepares to get underway for its 2005 winter training cruise, the 66-year old square-rigger stands renewed, refreshed, and ready for high winds and heavy seas.

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,uscg1_022305.00.html

Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch Ushers in First African American Commodore

U. S. Coast Guard
February 22, 2005

SEATTLE - One thousand six hundred and twenty-one volunteers serving in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon will have the opportunity to witness history when their Coast Guard Auxiliary leadership holds its Change of Watch on Feb. 26, in Silverdale, Wash.

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,uscg3_022205.00.html

"Gladdened Hearts" Celebrates Black Coast Guard Crew

February 24, 2005

The National Museum of Patriotism is hosting the presentation of a documentary film, "The Voice of Gladdened Hearts" on Feb. 26, 2005 .

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1077&dept_id=399365&newsid=14025144&PAG=461&rfi=9

Medal to mark heroism in Bow Mariner rescue
Coast Guardsmen saved six crew members whose vessel exploded and sank off the Virginia coast.

BY JIM HODGES
247-4633

Published February 22, 2005

Nearing the one-year anniversary of their dramatic rescue of six crewmen from the M/V Bow Mariner disaster in the frigid Atlantic, 16 Coast Guardsmen will be recognized today in a ceremony at the Coast Guard air station at Elizabeth City.

http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/dp-70429sy0feb22,0,1907219.story?coll=dp-news-local-final

Coast Guard pilot gets award for helping during tanker explosion

By Marcus Weisgerber
Democrat Staff Writer

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - It was a beautiful February night along the Jersey shore almost a year ago.

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050219/NEWS05/50219023

Reserve units earn family readiness honors

By Karen Jowers
Times staff writer

While Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 deployed to Southwest Asia for 11 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom last year, hurricanes were barreling down on their families left behind in Florida.

http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-666225.php

FRA and Coast Guard Recruiting Command Honor Outstanding Recruiters

ALEXANDRIA, VA - FRA National Executive Secretary Joe Barnes will join Rear Admiral Stephen Rochon, Director of Personnel for the Coast Guard, in presenting four recruiting achievement awards today at a ceremony in Arlington, Va.

http://www.fra.org/pr/02-18-05-uscg.html

Auxiliarist receives prestigious award from State Governments' Boating Association 

Massapequa, NY - A national officer of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary has been presented with the prestigious "Public Service Award" by the National Association of State Boating Law Admininistrators (NASBLA).

http://www.auxpa.org/releases/rbs/022105.html

Coast Guard Academy galley serves up a win

New London, Conn. -The staff of the Coast Guard Academy galley provides meals to around 1,100 people, three times a day, 365 days a year, and all that hard work has paid off once again.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14016099&BRD=1659&PAG=461&dept_id=8103&rfi=6

Marvin Perrett: Walking History

by PA3 NyxoLyno Cangemi
U. S. Coast Guard
February 17, 2005

New Orleans - From delivering troops to the beaches of Normandy, France, and Okinawa, Japan, to witnessing the raising of the American flag on Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima, Japan, Marvin J. Perrett has dedicated his life to educating America on his role as a Coast Guard Higgins boat LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) coxswain.

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,uscg3_021705.00.html

Daytona Gets Team Coast Guard Off to Good Start

On a beautiful Florida February afternoon Justin Labonte drove the #44 Coast Guard Shield of Freedom Chevrolet to an 18th place finish in the season opening Busch Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

http://www.coastguardracing.com/

Tycoon in the making
Former Coast Guard officer finds you can go home again -- and make money buying homes.

February 23, 2005: 3:26 PM EST
By Les Christie, CNN/Money staff writer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Contrary to what another North Carolinian wrote, you can go home again. At least Jim Elliott did.

http://money.cnn.com/2005/02/21/real_estate/investment_prop/tycoonelliott/

Coast Guard shows students the ropes

February 21,2005

DAILY NEWS STAFF

Kory Cronin is used to explaining what he does.

http://www.jdnews.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=29790&Section=Liberty

Waypoints: USCG Office of Boating Safety Newsletter

http://uscgboating.org/waypoints/pdf/waypoints-feb05.pdf

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