Effort underway to bring back Coast Guard Auxiliary

It’s been about 25 years since Wrangell had a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary detachment — and Liz Buness wants to bring it back.

She thought about the need while she was working aboard the state ferries for 16 years, vowing “when I retire, maybe that’ll happen.”

Buness, who retired from the Alaska Marine Highway System as a chief purser in 2019, talked with Coast Guard auxiliary officials, took the classes required for auxiliary membership, and now serves as part of the Ketchikan flotilla in Wrangell. She decided this summer is a good time to start the effort toward building Wrangell’s own detachm...


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