Web posted Thursday, April 4, 2002

Happenings in Seldovia

STEVE LEWIS WAS ELECTED president of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council during the group's March quarterly meeting in Anchorage.

Lewis joined the council in March of 1999 and served the past year as vice president.

"The thing that has distinguished Steve as a board member is that he's been an incredibly hard worker," said executive director Stan Jones. "He probably puts as many hours into RCAC as most people put into their full-time jobs."

Jones said Lewis' biggest contribution over the past three years was the development of the group's long-range plan.

"I think the board now realizes it is necessary to put the animosities engendered by the Exxon Valdez spill behind us and to move forward as a more mature organization," Lewis said in a press release. "Our challenge now is to become more businesslike and professional while maintaining our strong volunteer basis."

THE SOS RESPONSE TEAM will send its responder barge to participate in next week's Ship Escort Response Vessel System Training. Alyeska Pipeline Co., which oversees the training program, agreed Tuesday to employ the 650 Responder in the exercise. SOS manager Karl Pulliam said the agreement is a positive step in keeping Alyeska committed to the locally based spill

response team.