Tag: Lance Leone

Denied promotion, Leone thanks rescuers and moves on

On July 7, 2014, KCAW News broadcast a special report from the Center for Investigative Reporting on the aftermath of the crash of Coast Guard helicopter 6017, and its impact on the culture of accountability in the Coast Guard. On the same day, the co-pilot and lone survivor, Lt. Lance Leone, revisited the crash site to talk with the Quileute Tribe fishermen who pulled him from the ocean. Former KCAW reporter Ed Ronco accompanied Leone on his return to La Push, Washington — his last as an officer in the Coast Guard.

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After the crash: Searching for accountability in the Coast Guard

Four years ago, on July 7, 2010, a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crashed off the coast of La Push, Washington, taking the lives of the aircraft’s commander and two crewman. The deaths of the Sitka airmen were three of 14 fatalities in the Coast Guard in a two-year period. Late last month, the Center for Investigative Reporting released an in-depth story examining the culture of safety — and accountability — in the Coast Guard.

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Sitka in 2013: Shaking earth, falling mountain

In Sitka, the earth moved under our feet in January — like everywhere else in Southeast — but one couple in particular will probably be choosing their campsites pretty carefully from now on. 2013 started with an earthquake, and the wild ride never quite ended. An amazing fishing season plus a surge in industrial activity pushed the regional economy to new highs, but not everyone cashed in — especially those affected by federal budget cuts. Here’s a look back at some of the top local news stories of the year.

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Murkowski’s Sitka layover: Upbeat on hydro bills, saddened by Leone case

Senator Lisa Murkowski paid an unexpected visit to Sitka this morning, along with a plane full of other Juneau-bound passengers who were unable to land in the state’s foggy capital city. KCAW caught up with Alaska’s senior senator at the ferry terminal. She’s just co-sponsored a pair of energy bills which should reduce barriers to small hydro projects. She also expressed regret over actions taken to discipline former USCG Air Station Sitka pilot Lance Leone.

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