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Feds ask cruise ships, boats to stay farther away from seals

Feds ask cruise ships, boats to stay farther away from seals

Federal officials are asking cruise ships, tour boats and kayaks to stay far away from harbor seals in Alaska’s glacial fjords. The marine mammals rest, sleep and birth their pups on floating ice. NOAA Fisheries says new research shows the marine mammals are much more likely to dive into the water when vessels approach the current legal limit.

July 30, 2015
BC tribal protest stops mine exploration, for now

BC tribal protest stops mine exploration, for now

Developers of a mine on a Taku River tributary have stopped work after an on-site protest by a British Columbia tribal government. The Taku enters the ocean near Juneau.

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July 29, 2015
Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, center, holds a press conference May 4 with B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett and Environment Minister Mary Polak. Bennett will meet on transboundary mine issues with officials in Juneau Aug. 22-24. (Photo courtesy B.C. government)

Mallott: US-Canada Commission Won’t Take Up BC Mines

Alaska critics of British Columbia mines probably won’t get any help from a cross-boundary panel they’ve asked to take on their concerns.

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July 24, 2015
Southeast Pleas For Restored Ferry Service; AHMS Skeptical, Citing Dwindling Coffers

Southeast Pleas For Restored Ferry Service; AHMS Skeptical, Citing Dwindling Coffers

Southeast Alaska community leaders hope to restore or adjust some parts of the proposed ferry schedule for this fall, winter and spring. That’s the word from most of those testifying Wednesday morning during a teleconferenced Alaska Marine Highway System public hearing.

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July 22, 2015
B.C. Withholds Key Permit from Transboundary Mine

B.C. Withholds Key Permit from Transboundary Mine

British Columbia officials are delaying permits for an open-pit mine near a river that flows into the ocean south of Ketchikan. They say Pacific Booker Minerals has not proved it can keep toxic water out of nearby waterways. The developer says it has.

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July 22, 2015
Marine debris barge to skip Southeast

Marine debris barge to skip Southeast

The large barge picking up marine debris from the Gulf of Alaska coast is skipping Southeast. A month-long helicopter-and-barge operation will remove stored trash, much from 2011’s Japanese tsunami.

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July 21, 2015
This aerial image shows the Aug. 5, 2014, Mount Polley Mine tailings dam break and some of the damage downstream. The mine just won permission to reopen on a limited basis. (Photo courtesy Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre)

BC’s Mount Polley Mine to Re-Open After 2014 Dam Breach

A British Columbia mine that’s become a symbol of mineral extraction’s environmental threats will reopen next month. Provincial officials on Thursday granted the Mount Polley Mine conditional approval to resume limited operations.

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July 10, 2015

POW Ferry Service Suspended

The Alaska Marine Highway System has cancelled this summer’s sailings between Petersburg and northern Prince of Wales Island. But they’ll happen next year.

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July 8, 2015

Budget Cuts Sideline 3 of Alaska’s 11 Ferries

The Alaska Marine Highway System plans to lay up three of its 11 ferries for most of the next budget year. A draft schedule released Friday shows the Taku out for all of fiscal year 2016, which begins in July. The fast ferries Chenega and Fairweather will be tied up starting in the early fall.

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June 26, 2015
Sealaska annual meeting Saturday, election results due

Sealaska annual meeting Saturday, election results due

Sealaska shareholders meet Saturday in Juneau for their annual meeting. The regional Native corporation has about 22,000 shareholders with roots in Southeast Alaska. Many live outside the region.

June 26, 2015

E. Coli Detected in Haines’ Water Supply

Haines residents are being told to boil their drinking water after E. coli was found in the municipal water system.

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June 25, 2015
KSM mine targets richer ore while seeking investors

KSM mine targets richer ore while seeking investors

A Canadian mining company says it’s found richer deposits of gold and copper ore at its controversial KSM project. It’s spending $16 million to continue to explore for more at its site, upriver from Ketchikan, this summer.

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June 24, 2015
Six Cruise Ships Release Treated Sewage into Harbors

Six Cruise Ships Release Treated Sewage into Harbors

Did you know some cruise ships are allowed to discharge wastewater while anchored or tied up in port? State officials and industry representatives say it’s safe. But critics fear it’s fouling local harbors.

June 18, 2015
Landless Natives Bill Gets First Hearing Before Congress

Landless Natives Bill Gets First Hearing Before Congress

A bill creating corporations for Native residents of five “landless” Southeast Alaska communities had its first hearing in Congress today.
Haines, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Tenakee were left out of 1971’s Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. That bill gave land, money and corporate status to those in many other Alaska communities.

June 18, 2015
Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo addresses the Juneau Chamber of Commerce in 2011. He’ll soon head up the cruise industry’s trade group. (KTOO file photo)

Former Coast Guard commander to head cruise group

Alaska’s former top U.S. Coast Guard official will soon head up the world’s largest cruise-industry trade group. Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo takes over July 6 as CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association.

June 5, 2015

Ketchikan Candidate Faces Up to $6,000 in Fines for Campaign Violations

The Alaska Public Offices Commission says Dan Ortiz failed to properly report some campaign contributions and spending. It also says he accepted an illegal donation and did not state who paid for several campaign fliers.

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June 3, 2015
Alaska Eagles Supply Feathers to Lower 48 Tribes

Alaska Eagles Supply Feathers to Lower 48 Tribes

When an eagle dies in Alaska, its feathers may end up in a powwow — or on a graduation cap — somewhere in the Lower 48. That’s because of a federal program connecting tribes, raptor centers and wildlife officials.

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June 3, 2015
No budget by July means no ferry service

No budget by July means no ferry service

All state ferries will stop sailing by early July if the Legislature fails to reach a budget deal. The Alaska Marine Highway System’s plans are among dozens of state service cuts announced Monday by the Walker administration.

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June 2, 2015
Ten run for five Sealaska Corp. board seats

Ten run for five Sealaska Corp. board seats

Five independent candidates are challenging five incumbents for seats on Sealaska’s board of directors. The election is quieter than last year’s, but not without controversy.

May 27, 2015
Gov’s Arctic advisor discusses climate change, subsistence regs at convention

Gov’s Arctic advisor discusses climate change, subsistence regs at convention

Alaska communities could better adjust to climate change if hunting and fishing rules become more flexible.

May 21, 2015