Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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

Privatize Alaska ferries? ‘Not feasible,’ Dunleavy administration consultants say

Gov. Dunleavy has floated the idea of privatizing the system, but a report that's been under wraps for months concludes it doesn't make sense.

Bureau of Indian Affairs proposes rule to recognize new Alaska tribes

Unrecognized tribes in Alaska seeking federal status will have to demonstrate more than 80 years of history, under a new process proposed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

For Alaska Native shareholders, criticism on Facebook during board elections can trigger state fines

State regulators will fine some Alaska Native corporation shareholders over their criticism on social media. That’s because free speech is not protected when it comes to corporate elections.

Body ID’d as missing Kake woman; troopers investigate homicide

A woman from the Southeast Alaska community of Kake who vanished a year ago has been found dead on the Kenai Peninsula.

Fire at BC fish farm releases thousands of Atlantic salmon

Finfish aquaculture is currently outlawed in Alaska.

Researchers, marine pilots work to prevent vessel strikes from killing Alaska whales

A group of federal researchers and marine pilots are teaming up to combine scientists' knowledge of whale behavior with marine pilots' experience with ships.

Alaska DOT: LeConte ferry repairs to take six months; fate of sister ship Aurora unclear

The Alaska Marine Highway System says the LeConte won’t return to service until May 15, which means some Southeast Alaska communities will go around seven months without a ferry connection.

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.