Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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

On both sides of the border, officials chafe over looming end to Prince Rupert ferry link

Addressing the Southeast Conference forum of civic and business leaders Thursday, Alaska’s Transportation Commissioner John MacKinnon placed the blame on the feds.

Even more cruise ships are coming to Alaska in 2020

Alaska cruise ship visitors are expected to break new records for the fifth straight year, according to recent projections from an industry trade group.

Prince Rupert delegation to lobby to keep B.C. ferry link with Alaska

Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) traveled to British Columbia to meet with Canadian officials to find ways to salvage ferry service with Canada.

Holland America fined $17K over greywater dumping in Glacier Bay

The cruise ship Westerdam was visiting the national park on September 11, 2018 when a crew member mistakenly opened the wrong valve.

Delta Western fined $400,000 over Juneau tank farm violations

The Seattle-based company neither admitted nor denied any wrongdoing — instead, it settled for $400,000 and agreed to upgrade its emission control equipment by the end of next month.

Civil liberties group, State of Alaska settle suit over meals for Muslim inmates

The Council on American Islamic Relations sued the state last year, alleging two Muslim inmates had to skip meals, lost weight and were punished while trying to observe religious rituals.

Alaska’s ferry system to end service to Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Ferries are scheduled to call on the Canadian port city for the last time Sept. 30

Longtime lobbyist accused of fishing over the line

A fishing industry lobbyist has had his 41-ton salmon catch confiscated for allegedly fishing in closed waters near Sitka.

Kennicott rescues boat passengers in Canada’s Inside Passage

An Alaska Marine Highway ferry rescued five people after a small boat capsized Friday morning near Bella Bella, B.C. in the Inside Passage.

Alaska rolls back air ambulance ‘membership plan’ regulations

Alaska is taking a step back from regulating the membership plans marketed by air ambulance providers. State regulators say it’ll cut unnecessary red tape. But consumer advocates aren’t thrilled.

Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding added by the Legislature in the wake of cuts

Supplemental funding added by the Legislature to bolster ferry service was eliminated by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. Communities on Prince William Sound face a seven-month service gap under a draft winter schedule.

Gov. Dunleavy postpones budget signing, signals support for two more vetoed programs

Gov. Dunleavy has reversed himself and declared support for subsidized broadband internet for rural libraries and a free service allowing online tutors for students. The governor had previously vetoed the $809,200 in funding.

Murkowski now supports a ‘complete exemption’ for Tongass from Roadless Rule

A decision by the Trump administration over exempting the Tongass National Forest from the Roadless Rule is expected soon. That’s according to Sen. Lisa Murkowski who in an interview with CoastAlaska has hardened her stance on the hot-button issue.

Veto blocks cruise funding for Marine Exchange

Alaska’s primary provider of real-time marine vessel tracking has lost 11 percent of its funding. That’s following a line item veto by Gov. Mike Dunleavy in the 2020 capital budget.

Ferry workers union explains why strike happened, and what workers gained from it

This summer the Alaska Marine Highway System weathered its first strike in more than 40 years. The fleet remained tied to the dock for 11 days while the state and largest ferry union worked through a federal mediator to hammer out a contract.

International Joint Commission launches ‘fact-finding mission’ into B.C. transboundary mining

International Joint Commission U.S. commissioners Rob Sissons, left and co-chair Jane Corwin listen at an Aug 5, 2019 meeting in Juneau hosted by Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. (Photo by...

Alaska ferries resume sailing after striking workers ratify new contract

Members won a 3% raise over three years and concessions on how much they’d contribute towards the health care plan and when.

State and ferry workers union reach tentative agreement

Negotiators for the state and the Inland Boatmen’s Union reached a tentative agreement late Thursday night, which could bring an end to Alaska’s ten-day-old ferry strike.

Across coastal Alaska, Recall Dunleavy campaign gets underway

A statewide effort got underway Thursday seeking to remove Gov. Mike Dunleavy from office. The first step for campaigners is to gather 28,501 signatures to start a recall petition.

Dunleavy administration seeks overhaul of Alaska’s cruise ship program

The Alaska Legislature has restored funding for the Ocean Rangers, but the future of the independent cruise ship monitors — as well as the state’s entire cruise ship program — is uncertain.