Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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Jacob Resneck is the regional director with CoastAlaska in Juneau.

Tongass old growth timber sale gets go-ahead despite habitat concerns

The U.S. Forest Service is moving ahead with one of the largest old growth timber sales Southeast Alaska has seen in years. The project projects harvesting as much as 225 million board feet of old growth lumber.

Alaska state ferry supporters come out in force

A long procession of Alaskans signed up to testify Tuesday over the future of the state’s ferry system.

Cash assistance to Alaska low income seniors faces cut

More than 11,000 elderly Alaskans would lose a cash assistance program that’s been around for nearly half a century.

Dunleavy budget faces criticism at Alaska Native forum

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer faced tough questions about the Dunleavy administration’s proposed budget at an Alaska Native forum in Juneau.

Hatcheries the ‘canary in the coal mine’ as drought extends across Southeast Alaska

A drought declaration for parts of Southeast Alaska has expanded to include Sitka and Juneau. That means most of Alaska’s panhandle is officially in moderate to severe drought.

Alaska ferries freeze autumn ticket sales amid uncertain future

The Alaska Marine Highway System has stopped selling tickets past September. That’s in anticipation to deep cuts that could be fatal to the state ferry network.

DEC staff: Ocean Rangers ‘critical’ to monitoring cruise ship pollution

The state official overseeing Alaska’s cruise ship monitoring program is concerned about losing independent environmental inspectors on cruise ships. That’s despite public assurances by agency officials that the program isn’t needed.

Dunleavy seeks to scuttle Ocean Rangers cruise ship monitors

Voters in Alaska approved a 2006 ballot measure that put independent environmental watchdogs on cruise ships. But Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration is looking to scrap the program.

Alaska fishing towns would forfeit $28M in fish tax under Dunleavy budget

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposals for balancing the state’s budget include a plan to stop sharing of millions of dollars in taxes on commercial fishing with coastal communities.

Marijuana Control Board nominee draws fire from industry

Alaskans working in the state’s marijuana industry flooded a Senate hearing with criticism of a nominee who has a history of taking anti-cannabis positions.

Dunleavy floats deep cuts, privatization of ferry system

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget director Donna Arduin says the administration is looking at privatization options for the state-run ferry system. That’s on top of a proposed budget that would cut 75 percent of the struggling ferry system’s budget.

Signal detected from missing Guardian Flight plane

Searchers have detected an underwater beacon from the Guardian Flight air ambulance that vanished en route to the Southeast community of Kake, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

Investors are backing Southeast’s largest oyster farms

The largest ever oyster farms in Southeast Alaska could be coming soon. Silver Bay Seafoods wants to lease 182 acres of seafloor in Sitka Sound. The state sees potential for a thriving industry, but local reception has been cool.

House holds meeting on Alaska’s struggling ferry system

Lawmakers in the Alaska House of Representatives called an informal hearing on the state of the state’s ferry system.

Dunleavy’s Fish and Game nominee vows tough stance against federal agencies

The governor’s pick to lead the Alaska Department of Fish and Game told lawmakers he’d push back against federal agencies that interfere with Alaskans’ right to hunt and fish.

Search suspended for missing plane near Kake

A search has been suspended for the medevac plane that vanished over Southeast Alaska with three crew members on board.

Study finds poor air quality aboard cruise ships

A covert study undertaken by a public health researcher found air quality on cruise ships to be on par with the world’s dirtiest cities.

Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Theophany on icy Kuskokwim

Russian Orthodox parishioners gathered in Bethel Jan. 19 to observe the Russian Orthodox holy day of Theophany.

Cruise lines, Juneau still at odds over passenger fee ruling

Cruise industry attorneys are asking a federal judge to define more precisely what the City and Borough of Juneau can — and can’t — spend its passenger fees on. The judge recently ruled passenger fees can only be spent on services to vessels. The city may appeal the ruling.

Last year, local governments shelled out $2.6 million for ‘ears on the ground’ in Alaska’s capital

At least $2.6 million in public money went to state lobbyists in 2018. That’s Alaska cities, boroughs and school districts hiring private contractors to represent them in the state capital.