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The Local Look Back…


The Local Look Back…

By Morgan Smith
Staff Writer

The story I’m about to share is one that will forever be remembered, not only by Alaskans, but our country as a whole. It was so tragic and devastating to not just humans, but creatures big and small, uniting us all in an effort to fix what went so wrong. I found this article in The Local News created by Four Valleys Community School, May 1989, Volume 9, Number 5, author uncredited.

First Impressions of Exxon Oil Spill
A preventable tragedy has made its impact on Prince William Sound and all of Alaska this past month. We experience an unresolved anger and frustration as this slick of crude oil contaminates everything it touches. The toll on wildlife will be measured for years to come in this once pristine habitat.
Girdwood’s own Randy Brandon was there to see and photograph that which we can only imagine. The view from the helicopter only gave warning to what he experienced upon landing on the beach. Randy, who brought in the first live bird, describes this disaster as “the nastiest thing I’ve ever seen.”
His photography of an oil encrusted sea bird appears in April 10 issue of Time Magazine. Other photographs by Randy will be featured in the June issue of the Alaska Magazine.