Jerry Jones takes stake in music, art festival that’s coming to Arlington next year

“KaaBoo Texas is a chance for people from all over the world, football fan or not, to experience AT&T Stadium through an incredible live entertainment event.”

The KaaBoo event in Del Mar, now in its fourth year, includes live music acts such as songbird Katy Perry and the group Imagine Dragons. It also includes a comedy lineup, an on-site contemporary art fair, a display of outdoor murals and installations, food and craft drink tastings, a Las Vegas-style day club called Bask; and spa and relaxation services.

The organizers also are planning an event next year in Grand Cayman.  KaaBoo Cayman is set for  Feb. 15 through 17.

The lineup for Arlington has not been announced.

Jones, who owns the most valuable NFL team according to Forbes, has been steadily branching out beyond the gridiron.

Earlier this week The News reported that Jones’ Arkoma Drilling invested $75 million in Comstock Resources, a Frisco oil and natural gas exploration and production company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. That would make Jones’ company one of the largest shareholders of Comstock with a 14 percent ownership stak e.

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Bonham’s to Auction Iconic Portrait by Egyptian Modernist Painter Mahmoud Said

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“Fille à l’imprimé”

A rare piece by Mahmoud Said, an artist considered to be the father of Egyptian modernism, will be the leading work in Bonhams Egypt’s Awakening and Modern & Contemporary Middle Eastern Sale in London on April 18.

The sale commemorates the 110th anniversary of the founding of the Cairo Faculty of Fine Arts, widely considered the “point of awakening” in Egyptian Art.

The 1938 painting, never offered at auction before, is considered to be one of the defining works of Egyptian 20th century art. It is expected to fetch around £500,000 (US$702,000).

Fille à l’imprimé was deemed an iconic portrait by critics in Egypt from the time it was displayed at the XIX Salon du Caire, which took place in Cairo in 1939. The salon was particularly significant because it was the last artistic gathering of its kind before the outbreak of World War II.

“The work depicts a fellaha, a peasant woman, who became a symbol of national identity in Egypt after their independence in 1922,” says Nima Sagharchi, Bonhams head of Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art.

”The figure stands in stark contrast—and in rebuke—to those Western Orientalist painters who fetishized Middle Eastern women as figures of erotic mystery,” Sagharchi said in a statement about the sale. “Although Said came from an Egyptian aristocratic background—he was the uncle of Egypt’s late Queen Farida—he found his inspiration in the working lives and struggles of ordinary people.”

Sagharchi notes that the woman has the dark features of a woman from the North of Egypt, a tattoo which denotes her as part of a Bedouin tribe, and while she is clearly a laborer, symbolized by her hand resting on an amphora, Said has created a contrast by painting her in a flowery, ornate dress.

The work was given to Hussein Pasha Sirry, a former prime minister of Egypt, and eventually passed into a private collection. “His pictures were worth little to nothing until a few decades ago,” Sagharchi says. “Now, Said is very in demand. He only made a couple hundred portraits, and a number were commissioned of friends and family.”

An earlier work by the artist L’île Heureuse sold in 2016 for £1,202,500 via Bonham’s.

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Mohammed Ghani Hikmat’s “Bab El Gharbaa” (Gateway to the West)

Another important work in the Bonhams sale later this month is a set of carved doors used as a gateway on a private villa in the German countryside. Commissioned by a collector, Mohammed Ghani’s Hikmat Bab El Gharbaa (Gateway to the West) is a rare example of Iraqi art to come to auction. The work is estimated to sell for £50,000-£80,000 (US$70,000-US$112,000)

In total, there are 67 lots in the upcoming Bonham sale.

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Painting by Hitler to be auctioned off in Germany

Hitler's signature on the corner of an oil painting at the Weidler auction house

Hitler’s signature on the corner of an oil painting at the Weidler auction house. (photo credit: REUTERS/KAI PFAFFENBACH)

An oil portrait believed to have been painted by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler of a little-known former lover will go under the hammer next week with an asking price of 60,000 euros ($74,000), a German auction house said on Thursday.

The 63 x 48 cm painting, signed A. Hitler, 1916, depicts Charlotte Lobjoie, a Frenchwoman whom Hitler met while serving in France during World War One, according to Werner Maser, a leading Hitler scholar who died in 2007. “Portrait of a Girl” – a damaged work painted on hessian – was purchased by Flemish industrialists around 1967, auction house Weidler in Nuremberg said in a statement.

It said it had documents showing it had been exhibited at art galleries in Japan.

The painting in what appears to be a rural setting depicts a young woman with a red scarf loosely on her head that casts a heavy shadow over her face, and holding a pitchfork.

She is wearing a light-colored shirt, open from the neck down, exposing part of her breasts.

Maser, who was referred to by Weidler in its statement, wrote several books about Hitler, providing insight into the mind of the Nazi leader through a close look at his drawings, letters and notes.

Hitler painted for a living in the 1920s before rising to power and leading Germany into World War Two. With Soviet troops closing in on his headquarters in Berlin, he committed suicide in April 1945, along with his mistress Eva Braun whom he married shortly before.

In 2015 Weidler sold a watercolor of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria that was also signed A. Hitler and believed to be the work of the forme r Nazi leader at an auction that fetched 100,000 euros.

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WANT/NEED: The most beautiful face oil you’ve ever seen, and more stuff you want to buy

Welcome to Want/Need, a daily roundup of the things HelloGiggles’ Editorial Director and Deputy Editor are madly in love with, and what we — you guessed it — WANT/NEED. Our recommendations will include (but are not limited to) the perfect sandal, mom jeans you should totally wear to the office, pretty water bottles, and lipsticks that will make you feel unstoppable. Check back every day for new picks and deals!

Sphynx Portable Razor, $15

I have this in every piece of luggage and purse I own — just in case. Because I pretty much always miss a spot on my leg, or forget to shave my pits. This is so easy to use — you just spray on the area, lather up, and quickly shave. I do this at my desk and on planes all the time (it’s carry-on friendly!).

Madewell Wrap Top in Candied Orchids, $88

I just bought this top for myself because I’m a firm believer that if you buy yourself pretty things every now and then, your life doesn’t seem so messy or sad or out of control. How can life be chaotic with this beautiful, red orchid-covered shirt? Madewell’s spring collection is all very gorgeous, so it was hard to pick just one thing to buy.

Ceramic Leaf Dish, $20.69

A spoon rest may not SEEM necessary… until it’s Friday night and you realize your kitchen counters are covered in marinara and Alfredo sauce and some kind of mystery green smear (pesto? Did you even eat pesto this week?). Get yourself a cute spoon rest, like this one from Etsy. You will have way less chores by the end of the week.

Milèo Maroc D’Azur, $90

If you love face oils, then hoo boy, do I have somethin’ for ya. This exquisite face plumping oil from Milèo keeps my skin supple, refreshed and glowing. There’s a lot of natural science involved (which honestly isn’t my wheel house), but I know when a product leaves my skin looking better—and this is it. Not to mention the ocean blue oil inside the glass bottle is so pretty to look at, it’s practically like a work of art. But unlike an oil painting, this face oil is beautiful AND makes your skin look better.

Anthropologie Swirled Glass Coaster, $12

In the words of Larry David, I respect wood. So that’s why I always like to have extra coasters on hand.

Pinch Provisions Binge-Watching Beauty Kit, $22

I love the idea of this Binge-Watching Beauty Kit, which has everything you need to fire up your Netflix and really lean in hard to that binge life. After all, we are in the era of prestige TV.

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See the Childhood Artwork of Ed Ruscha, Catherine Opie, and More Art Stars at LA’s Underground Museum

Children’s art, the New York Times theorized a few years ago, may be the most popular genre of art in America. And for every parent who has ever thought that their tot’s jottings might make them a junior Georgia O’Keeffe, a new exhibition in LA courtesy the the arts education nonprofit ProjectArt may stoke the embers of hope. It is titled “My Kid Could Do That,” and it features the early work of several area art stars. And we say, “early work,” we mean very early.

Last year, ProjectArt gave viewers a glimpse at the nascent genius of some of contemporary art’s biggest names, with a benefit exhibition displaying work made when artists like Urs Fischer and Sanford Biggers were children. The success of that inaugural event, held at Red Bull Arts in New York, prompted the organization to make its West Coast debut, opening this weekend at the Los Angeles-based Underground Museum.

Along with limited editions, the show features the childhood output of some 73 contemporary artists who are active in the LA art scene, including big names like Doug Aitken, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Kenny Scharf, Ed Ruscha, Jim Shaw, Diana Thater, and Jonas Wood. In addition to being just outright fun, the show also lets you discover some surprising continuities in the sensibilities of these figures. You might well glimpse the germ of a future style in the elementary school-era opuses of Ed Ruscha or Catherine Opie.

ProjectArt’s founder Adarsh Alphons started the program at a Harlem community center in 2011, and has since opened chapters in cities across the country. It seeks to provide cost-efficient, easily scalable models for improving arts education. In Los Angeles alone, the organization has partnered with four public libraries to host free arts programming for children ages 4–17. ProjectArt also offers practicing local artists studio space and grants in exchange for teaching art classes, as a way to strengthen their communities.

A worthy cause—and also, in the form of this fund-raiser, an adorable one (though be warned, these masterpieces are not themselves for sale; a variety of other limited editions are). Below, discover some of the best early work by LA’s art stars:


Ed Ruscha age 7, Untitled (Santa) (ca. 1944). © Ed Ruscha. Courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.


Jonas Wood age 13, courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.

JIM SHAW, AGE 17 Jim Shaw's <i>Comet Revolution</i> (c.1969–1970). © Jim Shaw. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.

Jim Shaw age 17, Comet Revolution (c.1969–1970). © Jim Shaw. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo.


Lisa Anne Auerbach age 9, Jimmy Carter Puppet (made in 4th grade). Courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.


Petra Cortright, courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.


Glenn Kaino, courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.


Diana Thater age 8, courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.


Tomory Dodge age 7, courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.

CATHERINE OPIE, AGE 9 Catherine Opie's <i>Self Portrait</i> (1970/2008). © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

Catherine Opie age 9, Self Portrait (1970/2008). © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.


Kenny Scharf age 13, courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.


Njideka Akunyili Crosby age 14, courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.


Alex Israel age 10, courtesy of the artist and ProjectArt.

The benefit reception is on Friday, April 6, and will feature guests DJ Mark Ronson, local DJ Chocolatebarbangs, and the Youth Orchestra of the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center; tickets are available online.

The public exhibition will be on view April 7–8, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m, along with free public programming for children at the Underground Museum, 3508 W Washington Blvd in Los Angeles. 

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How to Create Francoise Neilly Inspired Portrait

Learn how to paint a portrait in a similar style to renowned French artist, Francoise Neilly. In this week’s video tutorial we show you how, with simple drafting, you can lay down bold colour and thick strokes to create this stunning piece. We’ve used H2O Water Mixable Oil Paint, Fluro Acrylic Paints mixed with Water Mixable Linseed Oil Gel Medium, and palette knives to apply thick, clean strokes. The full material list and lesson plan can be downloaded here:

April 6 Art Notes

Portrait Artists: Artists who attend the weekly portrait sessions at Pine Shores Art Association host a Portrait Show in the gallery through April 20. The Manahawkin gallery is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Sign up for a PSAA bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on April 18 to view the “Thomas Cole’s Journey” exhibit. Cost is $70 for members, $75 for nonmembers and includes a docent-led tour. Contact Glenys Baulderstone at or 609-971-3396.

Registration forms for activities and classes are available at the gallery or online at

A new “Do Your Own Pastels” session is held Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. Ongoing portrait sessions are open to all artists for a nominal model fee on Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m., and Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. On Thursday is life drawing (undraped model) from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is a “do your own thing” session; artists meet and create their own work. Afterward is “Artists Helping Artists” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; drop in with your supplies for some friendly assistance.

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Tuckerton Seaport Folk Arts: The Tuckerton Seaport Folklife Center is located at the Tuckerton Seaport. Greg Melega teaches woodburning techniques on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fee is $55 for members/$65 nonmembers.

Beginning weaving is taught by Patricia Zackey on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $30/ $35. Learn basic concepts of warp and weft to make three beginning projects.

Call 609-296-8868 to register for all classes.

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In the Libraries: George Rahn and Rita Allen photographs are at the Little Egg Harbor branch of the Ocean County Library for the months of March and April.

Pine Shores Art Association artists Tom Troyano, Dorothy Siclare, Julianna Costa, Kathy Crocker and Nancy McCormick will exhibit at the Stafford branch through April.

The next Art Chat is at the Tuckerton branch on Thursday, April 5, at 10 a.m. Artists bring work to be critiqued or just to share. Free.

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Ceramics at LBIF: The ceramics studio at the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies has reopened after renovations that included updating equipment and expanding classroom space. Weekly Saturday Drop-In Ceramics with Dallas Koenig continues, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn to make ceramics or practice your skill for a fee of $35, or paint fired bisque-ware for a fee of $15 plus cost of piece.

To register for classes, go to or call 609-494-1241.

High Bar Harbor artist Linda Ramsay welcomes artists to drop in and paint on alternate Tuesdays;10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for a $25 fee. The next session is Tuesday, April 10. Register at the LBIF desk. Easels and glass palettes are provided.

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Life Drawing: Join other local artists for life drawing sessions at the Old Baptist Church in Manahawkin on Sunday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon. Study the undraped figure in a historic setting, with plenty of natural light and a creative and experienced fine art model. No instruction is offered; bring your own art supplies.

There will be a model fee collection.

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Seniors Wanted: The 42nd annual Ocean County Senior Art Exhibit is looking for entries. Professional and nonprofessional artists, 60 years of age or older, who are residents of Ocean County are eligible to submit artwork in one of 11 categories. Artwork will be received only on Wednesday, June 6, between 9 a.m. and noon in the lobby of the Grunin Center for the Arts (Building #12) on the Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River. Use Parking Lot #2.

Each artist may submit only one entry. Artwork must be original work by the exhibiting artist, created within the past three years, and not entered in prior County Senior Art Shows or in the New Jersey State Senior Art Show. Reproduction of the artist’s work including giclée or other digital copies of original paintings or mixed media work will not be accepted.

Artist Opportunities: Applications are being taken for the Beach Haven Art Walk along Bay Avenue, planned for June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact or call Gen at 732-687-1343.

St. Francis: The deadline to apply for the May 19 and 20 fine art exhibit and sale held at St. Francis Community Center is soon, contact Lori at or call 609-494-8861.

LBI Art Council: Members of the LBI Art Council are organizing the 2018 Open Studio Tour, proposed for June 30. Interested parties may contact  —P.J.

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Moto Art Show To Hold Indias First Art Gallery For Motorcycles


In a NutshellThe Moto Art Show exhibition is a first of its kind initiative in India that will showcase all forms of artwork dedicated to two-wheelers. The art forms range from paintings, illustrations, metal sculptures using bike parts, film and even performance art. The exhibition is called “First of Its Name” and will be held at Peeple tree Art Gallery in Bangalore from March 31 to April 28, 2018.It will allow 12 artists, who have been handpicked from all over India, to showcase their skills and will also have close to 80 art pieces on sale.Among others, Triumph India is an official partner and will have some of its customised motorcycles on display at the event.

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Moto Art Show unites art and bikes to fuel India’s FIRST gallery art exhibit dedicated to motorcycling.NEWS PROVIDED BYMoto Art Show

Bangalore, April 4th, 2018 — Moto Art Show, a unique art initiative, has launched India’s first gallery art exhibition dedicated exclusively to art inspired by motorcyclists, their machines, journeys and their stories. The debut exhibition entitled “First of Its Name” will be held at Peeple tree Art Gallery, Bangalore from March 31 – April 28, 2018. In this debut show, 12 multi-disciplinary moto artists from all across India will be showing their artworks. “Paintings, illustrations, metal sculptors using bike parts, film, performance, you name it and we have it” says Moto Art Show curator Mallika Prakash. “This is the first time such an event is happening in India with so much motorcycle art in one place. We will have around 80 unique pieces of art for sale. There’s something for everyone in this exhibit if you love motorcycles” she continues.

Moto Art Show is making a statement and riding strongly through the headwinds of the Indian art world bring ing with it a new genre “motoart” to the forefront. It aims to give a voice to the moto artists in the real world and breed a new wave of art appreciators, lovers and patrons. “We want to combine the artsy and the biker lifestyles and make lives a little less ordinary“ Mallika points out passionately.

Who is Moto Art ShowMallika Prakash, the founder and curator of Moto Art Show is a biker, new mom and an engineer turned moto artist aka @mallikamoto. With roots in Delhi, Mallika started riding in San Francisco towards a self-propelled art career and has shown and sold her work in various galleries in and around San Francisco. Already a show old as a curator, Mallika is entering the Indian art scene, tires smokin’.

Nidhi Agarwal, Moto Art Show’s other half and Partner in Design, is an automobile designer by profession, moto artist by passion and likes to call herself a Motoholic. Currently based in Japan, Nidhi has worked with International brands like Royal Enfield, Honda 2 Wheelers and Yamaha Motors as a designer and founded Motoholic Works® in her free time.

Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India, Mr Vimal Sumbly speaking on this occasion commented “We are delighted to partner with MotoArt Show; it encapsulates and celebrates the same spirit – the spirit of ’59 – that lives on in every Triumph Modern Classic. 1959 marked the beginning of a cultural explosion and the birth of a new attitude to live life to the full; an attitude that inspired a revolution in music, art, and culture. The original, iconic ’59 Triumph Bonneville encapsulated this spirit and passion for life, and inspired legions of riders, from movie stars to teenage café racers, and a whole motorcycle movement. 59 years on, the spirit that created the Bonneville is still the same today.”

HighlightsMarch 31, 7-10pm: On the Opening party, one can ogle at a beautiful Triumph and watch Misfit Motorcycles of Pune customize Triumph body parts with paint, marker and metal engraving. Bangalore based BBQ Ride India will be dishing out barbecue grilled on and served from motorcycles. Beverages and BBQ will be on the house and are not to be missed. There will also be a live performance by one of the artists Archana Kumar as she expresses her riding experience through dance with a Triumph as her dance partner.

April 14, 11-7pm: Local Bangalore based Inkrage tattoo studio will be in the house all day. If you’ve been thinking of getting a tattoo for a while, this is where you want to be. Another local business Moto Store & Cafe will be conducting a workshop on riding safety and gear at the gallery. Archana Kumar will be performing live as well.

April 28, 11-10pm: The last day of the exhibition, the closing party will be from 7-10pm. Archana will be giv ing her last live performance accompanied by a hand painted Bullet and a live guitarist. Grilled delights by BBQ Ride and beverages will be on the house.

Our PartnersMoto Art Show has attracted the support of Triumph Motorcycles, BBQ Ride India, Moto Store & Cafe, Inkrage Tattoo Studio and Iron Cylinder among others. “The support from the motorcycling industry has been phenomenal and is crucial to our success” says Mallika.

The ArtistsThe artists for the debut exhibit were carefully handpicked by Mallika. They are all established moto artists and are well known in this niche field especially on social media. There are two brothers from Hyderabad known as hamerred49 and ironic88 that will be showing illustrations and metal sculptures respectively. Ironic88 comes up with the coolest sculptures using auto parts, fabricated metal and tools. Hamerred49 is a surgeon by day and has shown his unique and eye catching illustrations in motorcycle expos in the US.

Heardrush_art from Delhi does acrylic paintings inspired by his motorcycle journeys and has been showing his motoart since the last 10 years in the NCR region . Motartcycle also from Delhi is a motorcycle designer and has worked with one of the biggest brands in India. She will be showing her colorful watercolor paintings. Pranav__95 from Dehradun does very detailed drawings of motorcycles, many of which are his own imaginary builds. Chiranjith_barui is another watercolor painter in this show. His works have delicate washes of colour that make his scooters and motorcycles look alive. Then there’s misfitmotorcycles from Pune, a group of 5 that build custom bikes and are bringing custom painted helmets to the show.

Another painter in the show is known as milesoncanvas. From Bombay, he rides out to the countryside with his acrylic painting kit complete with an easel and paints his bike in the natural landscape. Biker, dancer and performer known as archkathak will be performing live at the opening party with a motorcycle as her dance partner accompanied by a guitarist. She has created a brand new piece for this show expressing the emotions she goes through while riding and the chance encounters every curve brings. Filmmaker and gallery owner Aigars known as aa_ell has been documenting all his bike journeys and will be sharing some of those with the audience. Mallika and Nidhi better known as mallikamoto and motoholicworks will be showing their acrylic and watercolor paintings respectively.

For more information please visit any questions/concerns, email Mallika and Nidhi at

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New oil tanker escort tugs arrive in Valdez

VALDEZ, Alaska (KTUU) – A major change is coming to the system that protects the waters of Prince William Sound from another catastrophic oil spill, such as the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989.

Crowley, the company that has escorted oil tankers coming in and out of Valdez Harbor, and through the sound, for 20 years, is being replaced by vessels and crews from Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore.

The first of Edison Chouest’s new tugs, a tanker escort vessel named Commander, and a general-purpose tug named Erlington, arrived in Valdez Harbor on March 11, and their crews are now undergoing training. The new company is schedule to take over tanker escort and oil spill response duty on July 1.

“The vessels are newer, more powerful, specifically built for this arena, Prince William Sound,” said Andres Morales, director of SERVS, Alyeska Pipeline’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System. The new tanker escort tugs, according to Alyeska Pipeline, will have 12,300 horsepower, which is 23 percent more power than the existing tugs.

Mike Day, the transition director for SERVS, said Monday that Edison Chouest will have 10 tugs total, and nine of them will be new, built by the company. Five will be larger escort tugs, similar to the Commander, and there will be four general-purpose tugs in the fleet. In additional, Edison Chouest will have four new, state-of-the-art oil spill response barges with oil skimmer systems that are twice as effective at picking up oil from water as the equipment currently in place.

Alyeska Pipeline says the crew of Commander has been involved in 28 successful tanker/tether arrests during six exercises, with six separate tankers, since the tug arrived in early March.

Two additional tugs are en route to Alaska and should arrive within the next couple of weeks, according to Day, and the remainder of the new vessels will arrived in Valdez by mid-June.

Day calls the new gear a major upgrade in an effort to protect Prince William Sound– an effort he takes very personally. “I was a commercial fisherman in 1989 and I responded to the oil spill that happened then,” Day said, “and I saw what it did to the communities and to the people and my family and friends and the people I love and care about.”

Day, during a news media tour of the new vessels Monday, praised Crowley for years of successful service. “They’ve done Alyeska a good job, they’ve done everything we’ve ever asked them to do, they’ve done it like professional mariners and they’ve done it extremely well.”

When asked why the decision was made to change the escort company, Morales replied “value… we continually bid contracts to see what’s out there, and Edison Chouest was able to bring more value to the table when we big the contract.”

The change to the new company has raised concerns with the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, a watchdog organization that was established after the Exxon Valdez spill.

“With what we’ve seen with the vessels and equipment that’s coming up, we are feeling very strongly that they’re going to be solid ships,” said Brooke Taylor, director of external communications for PWS RCAC. “Our top priority at this point is the drills and exercises that are going to be happening.”

The citizens advisory council has requested that the new tug crews, which are mostly comprised of Edison Chouest employees from the Lower 48, undergo more extensive training in bad weather conditions in winter. “We feel strongly that the safest course is for them to experience harsh weather before it’s an actual emergency situation,” Taylor said.

Alyeska Pipeline has pushed back against those demands, saying such training would be dangerous for crew members. “What we won’t do is put people in the worst conditions. We will certainly respond in the worst conditions,” said Day.

According to the group’s website, “The council voted unanimously on January 18, 2018, to pass a resolution stating that oil tankers and escort vessels should not be permitted to transit through Prince William Sound and into the Gulf of Alaska in weather conditions which have been determined by industry to be unsafe for training.”

Both Alyeska Pipeline and the PWS RCAC say they are continuing discussions about the training program.

Environmentalists have also expressed concern about Edison Chouest’s involvement, as it was the tow company during the grounding of the Shell Oil drilling rig Kulluk near Kodiak Island in 2012. Morales said the company’s work for Alyeska Pipeline will be a totally different situation. “This is us, this is Alyeska’s contract and they work for us” said Morales, “so, it’s stop work authority, not accepting risk and not getting into a position where something like that could ever happen.”

Edison Chouest officials say their crews are up to the task of working in Alaska. “We’ve got operations all over the world,” said Brent Lirette, Edison Chouest’s operation manager in Alaska. “We’re currently working in 18 different countries around the world, we have experience from Antarctica, we have ice breakers working in Antarctica. We’ve actually been operating in Alaska since 2007.”

Edison Chouest says most of its crew members will initially come from outside of Alaska. “The core mariners that we have that are starting this operation are people that we know, that we trust, that have been with us a long time. They know our equipment, they know our safety culture,” said Lirette. He added that the company is committed to hiring as many Alaska residents as possible. “Throughout the years, after we’re established, we’d love to see more Alaskans come in and work for our company” Lirette said. The company is required under its contract with Alyeska Pipeline to have 20 percent Alaska Native representation within its workforce.

Part of the training for the crews of the new tugs is a history lesson about the impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Edison Chouest’s top managers say they are committed to safeguarding Alaska waters.

“We’re here to protect Prince William Sound. We’ve been training, we’ve been preparing for this for many years, and getting ready for Prince William Sound, and we’re here to protect it,” Lirette said.