April 5, 1964 (Monday)
(Prepared by Karl Armstrong)

City Manager Ralph Jones today received a wire from State Director of Civil Defense Donald Lowell advising that the City of Kodiak has been allocated $250,000.00 in disaster relief funds under Public Law 875 for eligible expenditures already incurred by the city. He said these monies will be delivered to the city within two days,

City Police Chief Jack L, Rhines announced that three bars have been cleared for resumption of business. Hours of operation beginning tonight are 7 p.m. to midnight, and hereafter 4 p.m. to midnight. The three bars cleared are the B & B, Breakers, and Montmartre Inn. Other bars will be okayed for opening as they receive clearance from health authorities,

Martin Cooper and ADF&G personnel made an aerial survey of the razor clam beaches on the Alaska Peninsula this afternoon, according to ADF&G's Bob Simon. "They report that the pier and living quarters at Swickshak appear in tact and unharmed and ready for a clam season," Simon reported. He said Coopers's opinion was that the beaches appear normal without sign of any appreciable change in tide action. It was feared that the beaches may have suffered the fate of those in Prince William Sound where the tides no longer cover the beaches as before, and the clams are dead or dying. U.S. District Engineer, Alaska, Col. K.C. Sawyer had today advised that there is now very little water in the Cordova boat harbor even at high tide.

Frankie Soldan is now operating the Kodiak Laundry right in her home, "The Vickman Place" located just above the Kodiak Hotel on Mill Bay Road. The laundry, originally located in the Kodiak Mirror Building, suffered the same complete destruction, as the Mirror.

City Dock is now open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice.

Loren Chester today pointed out to us the sign painted on Kraft's Supermarket door. It reads: "WATCH FOR RE-GRAND OPENING THIS WEEK," Manager Tommy Frost gave us the two-bit tour of the market pointing out that they will be offering groceries on a limited scale. A new roof was not required, but it was retreated for rain proofing. Two vans of goods sets behind the store, and they are working on the furnace.

Utility Supt. Herman Beukers advises that his crews have the water mains pretty well taken care of for the moment and are now working on the sewer lines.

State Commissioner of Public Safety M.B. Underwood and Captain E.L. Mayfield arrived here this afternoon from Anchorage and expressed astonishment at the "Remarkable rate of recovery and excellent organization which Kodiak has accomplished to deal with the disaster." Commissioner Underwood said he had visited all the disaster areas in the state and of the people here said, "I am tremendously impressed with the spirit the people of Kodiak and their leadership displays ... apparently there is no limit to their supply of high morale. I think they are doing excellently in coping with their unpre-cedented situation and they certainly display the highest morale of any area I've visited so far. Much has been accomplished in a very short time and it is both inspiring and impressive, and you all deserve credit for your valiant efforts to rebuild your community." The Commissioner also informed us that the Commissioner of the Dept, of Administration would arrive on tomorrow's PNA morning flight bearing the $250,000.00 check mentioned above.

A check with the school authorities informs us that only 66 students from the public school system have left and were not attending school this morning. City Police Chief Jack L. Rhines reminds that the city will provide transportation for ALL STUDENTS who live on the base road side of the disaster area and that NO STUDENTS ARE TO ATTEMPT TO PASS THROUGH THE DISASTER AREA OTHERWISE, EITHER GOING TO OR FROM SCHOOL. Students are to continue gathering at Patterson's Garage at 8:30 a.m. and at the schools at 3:30 p.m. where transportation will be provided.

Manager Merrill Coon tells us that his firm is making haste to get marine facilities installed to enable refueling of boats there,

Councilman Oscar Dyson reports much progress being made in establishing mooring facilities for the presently exposed fishing fleet. About 300 feet of floats are now in the cove and 30 piling have been put into place. It is expected that some 800 feet of floats will be ready to receive boats by the end of the week. "Boats now anchored out in the bay can tie up at the present facilities so long as they do not interfere with the pile driving operation," Dyson stated. He said that the U.S.S. Kodiak (U.S. Navy) is now in Homer to pick up some 1200 feet of floats which that community is furnishing the fishermen here for the boat harbor and he also said that Seldovia is providing a number of long piling. The base side road down into the Cove is passable for four wheel drive vehicles now he said.

Father Taragonsky of the Russian Orthodox Church announced today that church services will be held at 10 a.m. every morning and at 7:30 each evening excepting Sunday when the evening service will be at 4 p.m.

TIDES(according to the Tide Book)
High water will be a 6.6 ft. at 7:07 this evening. Tomorrow (Tuesday) the high water will be 6.8 ft. at 8:29 p.m. Winds tomorrow will be 35-40 S-SE. Today has been overcast all day long.

Undersecretary of the Interior James K, Carr arrived in town with a party of civilian and military officials this afternoon and spent several hours touring the disaster area. Accompanying the Undersecretary was Mr. Wilhelm, Staff Assistant of the House Appropriations Committee and Colonel K.C. Aswyer, District Engineer, Alaska, U.S. Corps of Engineers who said his main purpose was to inspect the damage done to the small boat harbor which his agency will begin rebuilding shortly.

"There's nothing wrong with the clam digging, they just will need awfully long legged diggers this season" quipped Padilla Skipper Doug Lohse this morning.

Photos of the disaster area of the City are now available to the public at the Kodiak Aleutian Realty Office located across from where Kraft's Dry Goods once stood, according to George Cornelius. ALSO SIG DIGREE REQUESTS THAT PERSONS WITH PICS OF THE DAMAGE CONTACT HIM AT THEIR NEW KODIAK MIRROR OFFICE LOCATED IN ANNA'S APPAREL. These will be used in next week's issue of the paper,

ADF&G's Bob Simon announced today that commercial fishing licenses are now available at the Research Center. "Mary Franklin is open for business as usual once again," he said.

The Kodiak Mirror came out on schedule Friday afternoon despite the fact it had been totally demolished by the tidal waves shortly after the Friday, March 27 issue had hit the streets. This last Friday's issue was in mimeo form, but this coming Friday it will again be printed. Sig Digree, publisher of the weekly publication advises that the paper will be printed by a mainland firm until the Mirror's new plant is reestablished here, Wayne Kotula will fly over to handle the setting up of each issue and return with the printed Mirror. The office will be located in Anna's Apparel beginning Monday. This bulletin will continue to be published in the public interest by the City only for so long as it appears necessary to keep the public informed daily of vital information and is not a commercial enterprise,

Social Security Representative Ray Williams is in Kodiak this week to help area residents. He may be contacted at the Kodiak Hotel. Anyone having any questions about their social security or wishing to file a social security claim should contact him.

Mr. McGregroy, 1284 Carolyn, advises he has a completely furnished house available.

Another business firm located in the disaster struck area has announced it is now re-located and open for business. Eldon Lester today advised that Island Electronics will now make service calls and their new office is located in Bill Criss's home near the Baptist Parsonage. They have a sign up.

"Gee whiz, but we sure been getting hit hard the past week - earthquakes, tidal waves, fires, gales with williwaw winds - we sure must be living wrong," was the comment of Bill Hogan yesterday. Young Alan Austerman, who has spent many long hours manning radiophones and the pass desk at City Hall since Good Friday, quietly replied, "Yeah, somebody down there must like us."

The Belmont Cafe announces that it will be open longer hours now. The new hours of operation begin at 6 a.m. and it closes at midnight.

Peggy at Si's Laundromat advises us that they are in need of a mangle there.

Manager Dave Savoie of the Kodiak Branch of First National Bank of Anchorage where you will remember they had a number of Cecil Shell's model boats on display in the window, today quipped "We didn't lose one boat!...that is those inside the bank!" He said that the model boats were launched by the tidal wave which hurled one log through a window and let 38 inches of water into the bank. These little model boats rode out the tidal wave inside the bank without damage which is fortunate for as Dave pointed out, "Not a one of them had marine insurance!"

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