The U.S. Coast Guard honored one of its enlisted men for his work during the tribe's whale hunt. The service said Chief Warrant Officer Robert A. Coster, 44, of Glide, Ore., was commanding officer of the Coast Guard's Station Neah Bay during the Makah hunt in late 1998 and early 1999. The hunt, which ultimately ended with the tribe taking its first gray whale in 70 years, was protested by animal rights activists. "Coster's leadership allowed the station to retain the respect of the Makah and the protest groups while ensuring the safety of whale hunters and protesters," the Coast Guard said.
Self-proclaimed "green anarchist" Josh Harper, 25, was arrested by the FBI in Seattle Sept. 27 after failing to appear before a federal grand jury investigating a string of eco-terrorist arsons. He was charged with criminal contempt of court after he did not appear before the Portland jury May 24. The grand jury is looking into suspected eco-terrorist acts by two underground groups - the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front - that claimed responsibility for a string of fires, including the burning of Boise Cascade's Monmouth office last Christmas. Harper was expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Seattle but will be transferred to Portland to face the single criminal contempt charge, said Stephen Peifer, an assistant U.S. attorney. "We'll be asking for detention because he's been a fugitive for four months," Peifer said. No hearing date has been set. In April, Harper was subpoenaed to appear in Portland by the U.S. Coast Guard as he tried to disrupt the Makah tribe's hunt for gray whales off the Olympic Peninsula. He was arrested by the Coast Guard in May 1999 and charged with reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor, accused of throwing flares at the tribe's whaling canoe. He eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation, officials said.