Photos of a Coastal Patrol craft, the exquisite ZSK P-40, painted by FI Paints over Half Hitch

After a WIA white paper on Half Hitch was left at Club Shinjuku in Prototype, drunken officers of the Coastal Patrol decided to “adopt” the ill-fated island. Promising air cover and their undying vigilance, the CP officers sang a few lines of the island’s song, “Little Fishes,” until a no-longer-amused Will Szymborska had them thrown out.

“I’m pretty sure there are no limericks in the song,” he was overheard saying, “and everyone knows the bad history between Half Hitch and Nantucket.”

Half Hitch, our reporters discovered after they shook the condensation from the white paper, has been in financial straits. The impoverished island lost some of its key fisherpeople to the Waterbank Fishing Company (WFC), and the island’s local fish population has been depleted from overfishing. They are still recovering from their fight for independence, and there are still mines near the harbor, making it a poor choice for the growing GTFO trade.

“We are hoping for tourism,” said one old man on Half Hitch. “Come and try our seaweed sandwiches.”

Local rez for Half Hitch is here (link)

The Pippen Docks has been cooperating with various law enforcement agencies, and though catnip is still legal in the region, shipments are moving through different ports.

“It’s self-correction,” said a UCS officer at the docks. “We don’t care at all about it. We’re here to stop the sand trade.”

The WBA has been discretely meeting with staff at Feral Marine on Feral Marine’s pleasure cruiser, and speculation about the topic has all the customers at Pippen Hot coffee talking.

“It’s gotta be a conspiracy to take over Pippen,” said one over-caffeinated patron.

“I heard,” whispered another, “that the WBA is really just the WIA and that it’s all part of the Illuminotti.”

The barista tisked. “The Illuminotti is our special biscotti made of candied nuts.”

“I think you’re all nuts,” said the Waterbank News intern. “Just walk over there and ask them what they’re doing.”

As Waterbank News reporters lay fallow to the summer heat, taking Kousara’s Charters to the new Belisseria (link: Bellisseria Fairgrounds (135,145,21)) or other festive destinations, they have been letting Kousara give them all the juicy news.

“You can never accuse our reporters of working too hard,” said the acting Editor in Chief, the intern.

According to them there are new vehicles at Prototype (the Lusch Motors Ajax and the Zamani Stylo), a new boat from Cat & Cry, McKeenan’s MA220 at White Star Airport (Grunion (171,68,22)), and Shana Carpool’s new Beechcraft 1900D.

Kagurazaka ChouxCream Kirino smirked as one of our reporters also asked about the new Regent HQ Roadside (another one of Kousara’s holdings, GTFO World HQ Royier (34,158,21). “It’s a major GTFO hub, I’ll send you a press release. I suppose you want me to peel those pistachios too.”

Dutch Harbor has topped the WBA destinations list for the third week running after recent renovations has made the already popular destination irresistible.

“There’s a new bistro overlooking the bay, nightclubs, and smoky jazz spots,” said Sketch Sun, “and a romantic promenade overlooking some of the finest boats in the world. It’s a sailor’s dream come true. There’s so much to see and do, there ought to be a hotel for people.”

Other people polled at Dutch Harbor felt the same way. “It’s like Disneyland if Jacque Cousteau designed it,” said one person admiring the sleek new Bandit 55.

Dutch Harbor is accessible by sea, link at right, or all finer travel agencies.

Club Shinjuku in Prototype has won another prize, this time an unexpected one.

“The World’s Best Place to Neck Prize is highly coveted,” said the originator of the prize, an eclectic millionaire philanthropist. “It’s only given once in three years.” Asked why the prize was seldom given, the philanthropist replied “it’s about the time an early romance ends and another begins.”