Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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

Feds announce $7 million plan to seal Prince of Wales Island uranium mine

The state's only producing uranium mine was developed in the 1950s to fuel the nation's atomic reactors and to build nuclear weapons, but has been defunct since 1971.

Goldbelt shareholder fined $1,000 over Facebook post accusing state regulator of inaction

State financial regulators have fined a Goldbelt, Inc. shareholder over a Facebook post complaining of inaction by the state agency responsible for financial oversight of the corporate board. This comes as the state’s broad powers over shareholder speech is under review by the Alaska Supreme Court.

Effort to have term limits for Sealaska board fails at the 2020 annual meeting

While most shareholders voted for the move, it failed to meet the required threshold of held shares.

Court deals potentially fatal blow to logging plan for tens of thousands of acres of Tongass National Forest

The court challenge ends the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to open up 24,000 acres of old-growth forest on Prince of Wales Island to commercial logging. It also halts road building for the 15-year project.

New COVID-19 rules in place for Alaska’s ferries, including testing, mask-wearing and social distancing

Passengers will be required to be tested for COVID-19 before boarding Alaska's mainline ferries.

Judge weighs fate of Tongass logging plan on Prince of Wales

The judge rejected what would have been the largest Tongass timber sale in decades, but stopped short of ordering the project null and void.

Icicle, Ocean Beauty, two of Alaska’s largest processors, merge salmon operations

An analyst said that the merger is driven by a big picture trend: more processing capacity than there are fish to process.

Alaska’s ferry fans feel shortchanged by state’s federal funding request

Governor Dunleavy's wishlist to the federal government included about $5 million less per year than it had received over the last decade.

Coast Guard details blackout that left Princess cruise ship adrift in Juneau

The Coast Guard said that a watch officer neglected to properly configure a generator, which led to the outage when power demand surged.

Alaska ferry system won’t require passengers to wear masks…for now

The Alaska Marine Highway System says that with low traffic, it's still possible to keep social distance aboard ferries.

UPDATE: After stock price dives, Norwegian Cruise Lines says it raised over $2B in liquidity

Stock in Norwegian Cruise Lines’ parent company took a dive on Tuesday, erasing more than 22% of its worth. That’s following news that the cruise line is seeking to raise $2 billion in capital to stay afloat.

Is the ‘murder hornet’ headed to Alaska? Experts say it’s unlikely

The insects have been spotted within a few hundred miles of Southeast Alaska, but experts say that it's unlikely they could establish a breeding colony in the region's wet, temperate climate.

Alaska cruise industry predicts loss of nearly 1 million passengers

The loss represents nearly $800 million in passenger spending.

DOT: Alaska ferries to receive $5M in federal stimulus cash

The Aurora, a 235-foot Alaska state ferry, approaches the dock in Whittier, its departure point for its trip across Prince William Sound to Cordova. (Photo by Nat Herz / Alaska Public...

CARES Act money will go to local governments, and may not make up for budget vetoes

While many communities will receive money directly from the CARES Act, budget vetoes might cost other communities more than what they receive.

With trapping limits lifted, wildlife advocates call on feds to protect wolves of Prince of Wales Island

Trappers’ record harvest of 165 animals threatens a wolf population in Southeast Alaska, conservationists say.

Alaska Marine Highway won’t expand ferry service until COVID-19 travel restrictions are eased

The ferry system says it is developing a reduced service schedule to match the drop in demand and crew availability.

Fishing towns object to Alaska’s mandate overruling local COVID-19 restrictions

Fishing towns are asking for more say in regulating who is allowed into their communities during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Governor vetoes funding for Alaska’s unified library catalog, video conferencing services

In explaining the veto, the governor’s office wrote that the state libraries had enough resources to operate without extra money.

Forest Service: No link between Tongass workers detail to South Dakota and Trump’s Mount Rushmore July 4 fireworks

One watchdog group believes that two dozen volunteers were sent from the Tongass National Forest to the Black Hills in order to help out with a controversial Trump plan to bring fireworks to Mount Rushmore for the Fourth of July.