POLICE CHIEF RHINES ADVISES THAT TWO SAFES HAVE BEEN FOUND AND TURNED OVER TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. OWNERS ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
Mayor Pete Deveau reports he conferred with Senator Ernest Gruening on long distance this morning regarding the speeding up of federal assistance. "I told the Senator we do not need any more bureaucrats or sympathy, that our people are doing everything humanly possible to cope with this disastrous situation themselves, but obviously our resources are limited now. At this point our patience is becoming limited also, and what we need is cash money right now to get the ball rolling on the reconstruction of our community," Deveau said. "I told the Senator that unless the federal government moved immediately to send us the funds we need we would make a direct appeal to the people of the nation, and I am sure they would not let us down." Mayor Deveau said he also pointed out that just this morning we lost from 15 to 20 more of our fishing vessels due to the lack of a small boat harbor, and that we need action on these matters immediately. "Senator Gruening assured me he would this very day see to it that at least $300,000 would be sent, and that he would personally carry in his hand today this appropriation of the funds we need just to get started."
ATTENTION ALL BOATOWNERS
BOATOWNERS INVOLVED IN MARINE CASUALTIES OR DAMAGES ARE ADVISED THAT A STANDARD FORM IS NOW AVAILABLE AT CITY HALL WHICH SHOULD BE PICKED UP, FILLED OUT BRIEFLY, AND SUBMITTED TO MR. JIM RAESIDE, UNDERWRITERS SURVEYOR, WHO IS LOCATED IN ROOM 18, KODIAK HOTEL. THIS SHOULD BE TAKEN CARE OF IMMEDIATELY IN ORDER TO EXPEDITE INSURANCE CLAIMS. HOLMES JOHNSON CLINIC OPEN
Dr. Bob Johnson has announced that the Holmes Johnson Clinic is open again with normal hours.
Maybe our modern day engineers ought to take a look at how the old Russians built wharfs back in the early days of Russian America when Kodiak was Alaska's capital city. In the Near Island channel where the tidal waves swept away almost every trace of both the APA and Alaska King Crab canneries and docks, the Standard Oil, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wharf, as well as virtually every other modern improvement along the shore, the old Russian wharf, which we are told was constructed sometime in the late 1700's remains standing with little evidence of any structural damage. It has been hidden from sight all these many years by the Standard Oil docks which covered it.
Mr. Jack Morris of the FHA arrived yesterday and toured the disaster area to determine the immediate needs and the long range needs of Kodiak homeowners.
APA ALL THE WAY!
Alaska Packers Ass'n. Area Supt. Vern Hilliker today said that a number of APA engineers and officials are due to arrive here Monday to make preliminary surveys necessary for drawing up the plans for their new cannery here, Hilliker said he anticipated that the new cannery would employ "approximately the same number of employees."
Kimball Poland is in charge of the books down at the demolition office located next door to the Polar Bear Cafe.
We strongly urge all residents to write to relatives and friends in the states and suggest that you send off copies of these bulletins which would serve well to dispel the notion prevailing outside that Kodiak is sinking into the sea or already has done so! The back of these bulletins make good writing space, CPO Ralph Johnson pointed out that these wild rumors about Kodiak have been so persistent that he even had a long distance call from San Jose, California at 4 a.m. and his friends said they understood Kodiak was wiped out entirely. On the basis of such reports we would venture to guess that there is considerable more panic in the states regarding Kodiak than right here!
Dr. Bob Johnson tells us that after the quake and tidal wave warning that everything ran "very smooth" in the evacuation and later reoccupation of the Griffen Memorial Hospital. He especially noted the efficiency of Gib Monro in the operation which brought about complete evacuation of the facility within one hour.
RED CROSS IS HOLDING MESSAGES FOR THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE AT CITY HALL: Walter Bent, Edward Bent, Murry Gilies, William Hadley, Jim MacDonald (step brother of Dennis Davidson, Anchorage) John and/or Norma Galliher, Harry Carlson, Nick Nicoli, Donna Hopkins, Pat and/or Dora Pestrikoff.
C.D. DIRECTOR FRANK IRICK TODAY WARNED THAT NO ATTEMPTS WHATSOEVER SHOULD BE MADE TO SALVAGE FOOD AT THE DUMP OR FROM AMONG THE DEBRIS. THERE IS A STRONG PROBABILITY ANYONE EATING ANY SUCH FOODS NOW WOULD CATCH HEPITITIS OR "WILDES DISEASE" AND THIS COULD RESULT IN AN EPIDEMIC," Irick stated. HE SAID THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON FOR ANYONE TO ATTEMPT TO USE SUCH CONTAMINATED FOOD AS THERE ARE PLENTY OF FOODS AVAILABLE AT THE ARMORY. HE DOUBLY STRESSED THE DISEASE FACTOR.
THE COMPLETE INTERPRETATION OF CITY MANAGER RALPH JONES NEW SLOGAN (PROVIDED BY CITY CLERK, DOUG PRESTON YESTERDAY) READ: "ILLIGITIMUS NON CARBORUNDUM"...WHICH MEANS "DON'T LET THEM GRIND YOU DOWN."
LATEST CASUALTY (as of 12 noon today)
The body of John Sut Larsen of Afognak was found at 10:30 a.m. today (April 3, 1964) at Spruce Cape. The name of the vessel he was aboard was, ironically, "Spruce Cape."
We suggest nobody become alarmed at hearing about seismologists reporting tremors in the Kodiak area. Those, fellows at the Base tell us these occur frequently here. Rev. Don Bullock put it this morning, "We can't tell a tremor from a Kodiak Williwaw."
Norm Sutliff of Sutliff and Son announced yesterday that much of the Kraft Hardware Store inventory was being handled now through his store located on the base road and that Kraft Hardware Store manager Wally Nelson was in charge of ordering essential items which would be needed by area residents.
CITY MANAGER RALPH JONES AND MAYOR DEVEAU JOINED TODAY IN LAUDING THE TIRELESS SERVICE THE CAB DRIVERS ARE PERFORMING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY DURING THIS EMERGENCY. The taxicabs and drivers put themselves at the disposal of the civil defense and city to provide both transportation and communication immediately following the destruction caused by the tidal waves last Friday. "They are doing an essential service and performing it efficiently," Deveau said.
Guy Powell reports that he has organized scuba divers into five teams of two men each diving, and four skiff teams of two men each. They have divided the small boat harbor into sections to search for sunken boats, gear and assorted debris, all of which they have found in the area scanned so far. They located the boat Mary Lee, two trucks, a freight van, and auto and crab pots. Diving was delayed by the heavy silt at first and now is hampered by weather conditions.
Mr. R.C. Roberson advised that the Red Cross disaster team experts have interviewed about forty families so far, most of them people who occupied rental property. They still expect to interview families whose homes were destroyed.
PROPERTY LOSS DAMAGE
Howard Fremlin again urged all property losses be listed on the loss sheets now available at the City Hall, the Post Office, and both banks. These forms are to be brought to the temporary office in the First National Bank of Anchorage office.
Utilities Superintendent Herman Beukers says an effort will be made to effect repairs to water mains in the downtown area without disrupting the work of the King Crab Inc. and Alaska Ice & Storage plants. Both plants have boilers operating, and at King Crab Inc.'s facility a crew is processing cans for shipment.
A special committee headed by Senator Clinton Anderson has been named to investigate the devastation of Alaska and means of dealing with the problems created, according to City Manager Ralph Jones, who also advised that besides the special commission a White House conference on Alaska has been called by President Lyndon Johnson. Cities affected by the quake and tidal waves will be represented at the conference.
A team of Coast & Geodetic Survey experts have set up shop on the Naval Station and are now operating a seismograph which records the quakes and tremors of the earth, according to Cmdr. Simon. A specially equipped vessel is also enroute to begin studies.
KEA monthly meter reading and billing will be delayed this month due to quake and tidal damage. Meter reading will not begin until service is restored to usable buildings and dwellings. DISCONNECT DAY, NORMALLY SCHEDULED FOR THE 20TH OF THE MONTH, WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
S/Sgt. A. Sawyer forwarded to us a message from the chief operator of the ACS who handled the marine frequency during the first 12 hours following the quake. "ACS Kodiak extends their heartfelt thanks to our local vessels (especially the Sea Quail) for their constant contact with this station after the disaster, keeping us posted. Also the Piggy Boo in the Hoonah area, which stood by as long as needed last Friday night to relay any messages to Juneau for further relay. The Alaska Standard also deserves much credit for relaying messages to Juneau."
LONG DISTANCE PHONES
ACS now has three lines to the mainland for phone calls to the mainland and the lower 48, according to Sgt. Buzz Sawyer.
Attorney Roy Madsen is representing the Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington D.C., and anyone carrying auto insurance with the firm is asked to contact him.
Capt. H.R. Sterner, port captain for Alaska Steamship Company, was in Kodiak yesterday afternoon, according to Alaska Steamship Agent Lou Veerman.
WEIRD STREET LIGHTS
If you are one of those who was wondering why the downtown street lights were going off and on all last night for no apparent reason, Ole Johnson has the answer. The big bonfires burning debris are bright enough to activate the photoelectric cells which govern the turning off of these lights. The flames and glow were bright enough to turn them off, and seconds later smoke would be heavy enough to cut them back on.
REAL ESTATE OFFICE
Realtor George Cornelius is now operating his Kodiak-Aleutian Realty office and business out of his home located at #10 High Street on Carlson Hill.
Both Ralph's and Kodiak Barber Service shops were open for business yesterday, and we understand Ralph was open Tuesday. In spite of all the confusion and turmoil of the past six days (it seems like a year ago, doesn't it?) it appears both are doing a good business. Maybe it was just those refugees going outside getting prettied up before leaving. Also Kraft's Beauty-Kraft Shop has reopened to serve the ladies. We have heard they've invented a new hairdo named, of course, the "Tidal Wave." (it's simply devastating.)
Kodiak Commercial Company's new store has been open several days now. It was not damaged by the quake and escaped the tidal waves by a hair, according to Manager, Neal Sutherland.
KEA Manager Ole Johnson advised the city fathers yesterday that power had been restored to 80 percent of plant capacity with all five generators now going. He said they lost one warehouse and the tides are undermining the second warehouse.
INFORMATION FOR DISASTER SUFFERERS
The Red Cross is the official volunteer disaster relief agency of the American people operating under federal charter to relieve the sufferings caused by disaster. Through the Red Cross, people all over the country - your neighbors - are voluntarily helping you to recover from the disaster.
The Red Cross never sells food or disaster supplies--never makes disaster loans--never expects payment for any assistance given. Any statements to the contrary are completely false, and you can help by reporting them with the name of the person you heard tell them, to the nearest Red Cross office.
IF YOU NEED HELP GO TO YOUR NEAREST RED CROSS OFFICE, which is located in the Church of God across the street from the high school.