Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau
Jacob Resneck is CoastAlaska's regional news director in Juneau.

Future of Alaska ferry Malaspina in question as state consigns ship to ‘long-term layup’

The Malaspina was built in 1963 and is part of the original fleet of mainline ferries. Its final voyage is scheduled for Dec. 2.

Tazlina brought back into service to provide more Southeast Alaska ferry sailings

The Alaska Marine Highway System restored ferry service Friday to some of the communities that had service slashed earlier this month. The ferry Tazlina will be brought back online to make up for previously canceled sailings.

Feds approve renaming Saginaw Bay over ‘Kake War’ connections

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has approved changing the name of a bay in Southeast Alaska following a petition from tribal leaders complaining of its association with military aggression.

Southeast Alaska supply chains breaking down as ferry service gap enters second week

As the partial ferry shutdown enters its second week in Southeast Alaska, small communities are trying to find alternative means of bringing groceries and other essentials to their residents.

Solutions sought to ease conflicts over Southeast Alaska’s rising sea otter populations

Sea otters are rapidly recolonizing Southeast Alaska, breeding challenges for commercial fishermen in the region.

EPA fines Silver Bay Seafoods over seafloor waste pile

The Sitka seafood processor reportedly allowed its waste pile on the seafloor to balloon to more than double the size allowed by its permit.

Abrupt Alaska ferry cancellations strand hundreds of people, vehicles

Some 999 passengers with 526 vehicles were affected by the Alaska Marine Highway System’s recent abrupt cancellation of ferry service across much of Southeast.

Southeast communities scramble as ferries LeConte, Aurora head to dry dock

Four Southeast communities have been cut off with virtually no notice, stranding passengers and vehicles.

Alaska ferry LeConte repairs delayed; long gaps in winter service possible for rural Southeast Alaska

Critics said the state should’ve planned ahead and applied for more federal funds for ferry overhauls.

Coast Guard weighs dropping radio-based NAVTEX system to communicate with mariners

Mariners are urging Coast Guard officials to keep the free, low-tech service rather than switch over to subscription-based satellites.

Despite contamination, state will continue using PFAS-linked firefighting foam

Local officials and the grassroots Gustavus PFAS Action Coalition have asked for contaminating foams to be removed from the local airport, but state officials say it's not that simple.

Southeast, Southwest Alaska lag in new jobs report. But there are bright spots.

Across Alaska, there are currently about 2,000 more jobs than there were at this time last year.

Kensington Gold Mine plans major expansion for operations past 2024

The modern Kensington Gold Mine began operations in 2010. But its 28 miles of underground tunnels follow veins first explored and blasted more than a century ago.

Pacific tribes across borders declare ‘salmon emergency’

Tribal representatives from across Southeast Alaska, British Columbia and Washington state are sounding the alarm over threats posed to wild salmon across state and national borders.

B.C. loses ‘sustainability certificate’ for Pacific salmon

B.C. and Alaska salmon compete for the same global markets — and one key to accessing those markets is the sustainability certification issued by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council.

DEC agrees to test for more PFAS chemicals

Across Alaska, PFAS from fire suppressant foams ended up in wells near airports and military facilities. Now, residents in these communities are getting state-supplied bottled water delivered.
Aerial view of Tongass National Forest. (Creative Commons Photo by Alan Wu)

Report: Feds lose millions in Tongass timber sales

The five-page report calculates the U.S. Forest Service has lost nearly $600 million over two decades through roadbuilding and timber sales.

Kensington Mine eyes federal permit for expansion

The Kensington Mine is one of Southeast Alaska’s biggest private employers. A planned expansion could extend operations at least through 2034.

B.C. government asks for input over mining regulations. But how serious is it about reform?

The province of British Columbia is taking public input on ways to reform its mining regulations — regulations that could impact the safety of the transboundary watershed the province shares with Alaska.

Federal judge halts Tongass timber sale on Prince of Wales Island

The ruling effectively puts the brakes on the federal government’s plan for logging in the Tongass National Forest.