ICYMI: King Cove Road Pressures Rise with Medevacs
(Click to play KTUU video) Published on Mar 20, 2014 KTUU in Anchorage, Alaska produced this piece about the challenges that face the residents of King Cove, Alaska every time there is a medical emergency.
ICYMI: Anchorage NBC affiliate KTUU Channel 2 yesterday interviewed King Cove residents Walter Wilson with his 6-week-old son, Wyatt – the latest medevac patients from this isolated Alaska fishing community. The video (above) is worth watching. The U.S. Coast Guard had to fly two separate helicopter missions into King Cove on March 17 to extract Walter and his infant son because weather conditions grounded regular flights and made traveling by water dangerous. King Cove has been advocating for a road for decades and there have been 19 deaths associated with the lack of reliable road access to get them to medical care in an emergency. More detail on the medevacs is available on the Aleutians East Borough website.
(Click for video of Secretary Jewell speaking about her responsibility to wildlife last summer)
Interior Secretary Jewell in August 2013 acknowledged the legitimate safety concerns the people of King Cove have, but ultimately decided against them – telling King Cove that she had a responsibility to speak for the wildlife who cannot speak for itself (video).
More information about King Cove is available on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s website.