Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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

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.
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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.
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State says ferry repairs are on schedule, but COVID-19 concerns will delay return to service

While repair work has been allowed to continue, some personnel essential for safety certification and provisioning the boat aren't allowed to return to work.

Lawmakers approve $66.7M appropriation to run Alaska ferries

The Legislature has approved a budget that lawmakers say should keep the Alaska Marine Highway System running year-round. In the past year, cost cutting, a summer labor strike and mechanical failures resulted in months-long service gaps, both planned and unplanned, for Alaska’s ferry system.

Record number of wolves taken on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast

Trappers reported taking almost as many wolves as had estimated to live on and around Prince of Wales Island. It’s a new record number of wolves — 165 taken in Unit 2 — which includes Prince of Wales and surrounding islands in Southeast Alaska.
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US-Canada border restrictions on ‘non-essential’ travel begin Saturday, last for 30 days

A document drafted by Homeland Security’s acting general counsel defines “essential travel” as U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the U.S as well as travel for medical reasons, education, necessary work, emergency responses and legal cross-border trade. It also includes carve-outs for officials, military personnel and their families. Recreation and tourism are not considered essential.

Alaska Marine Highway to turn away passengers with flu-like symptoms

The Alaska Marine Highway System says it will begin turning away ferry passengers with coronavirus- or flu-like symptoms.
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As Canada closes the border, unanswered questions from Alaskans pile up

Canada is closing its land borders to “non-essential travel” to slow the spread of coronavirus. And that’s leaving many Alaskans scrambling for answers.

Court upholds challenge to Prince of Wales Tongass timber sale

A federal judge has ruled in favor of green groups challenging the largest Tongass timber sale in decades.