Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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Jacob Resneck is CoastAlaska's regional news director in Juneau.
A path leads through a dense forest.

Biden to freeze Tongass timber sales, invest in other Southeast Alaska sectors

The Biden administration announced Thursday it’s freezing any remaining old growth timber sales in Tongass National Forest and will pivot to investing in other sectors of Southeast Alaska’s economy. A statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture...
Gov. Mike Dunleavy

Dunleavy’s veto erases $8.5M from Alaska ferry budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed around 12% of the ferry operating budget on Thursday. That leaves the Alaska Marine Highway System with nearly $8.5 million less to run its vessels over the next 18 months.
Sealaska Plaza, the corporation's headquarters.

Sealaska shareholders reject election reforms, support settlement trust

Sealaska shareholders have elected two new directors to the Alaska Native corporation’s board. The Juneau-based regional Native corporation announced on Saturday the addition of Liz Medicine Crow and Vicki Soboleff among the five seats that were up for grabs.

Alaska recruits former California official as top forester

Eng just finished a 21-year career in California where, despite making his home in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, he said the dry heat spells were hard to escape.
The stern of a blue boat with a yellow stripe and the name "Malaspina" on it

Free to good home? Governor offers Alaska ferry to the Philippines

The May 20 letter included a pamphlet on the 408-foot ship and a link to an 11.5-minute YouTube video of a 2015 walk through posted on a ferry vessel fan page.
A man in a white button up shirt reads a paper and speaks from his desk

Some shareholders wary as Sealaska proposes trust to handle future payouts

The leadership of Sealaska, the Native corporation for Southeast Alaska, is asking its shareholders to approve the creation of a type of tax shelter called a trust. But some shareholders see red flags, because it would give the board unconstrained authority to decide the amount of future payouts,.
A blue ferry tied up at a dock o na cloudy day as seen from the bow

Legislature sends Alaska ferry reform bill to governor

The Alaska Marine Highway System has been struggling with deep spending cuts, an aging fleet and declining ridership as it runs fewer ships to coastal communities.
A boruchre on a table that says Goldbelt

Judge hands down split decision in Native corporation free speech case

Goldbelt shareholder Ray Austin was accused of making misleading or false statements on Facebook that were critical of the elected leadership of Juneau’s Native corporation. An administrative law judge recently found him innocent of those charges.
A piece of debris in the water as seen fromthe side of a zodiac raft

Guardian Flight settles over deadly 2019 medevac crash

A Utah-based medevac company has settled a wrongful death lawsuit over a 2019 air ambulance crash in Southeast Alaska that killed three crew members from Juneau.
Workers dressed in white sort through pollock on a slide

Alaska Supreme Court upholds legality of fish landing tax

A raw fish tax that has pumped tens of millions of dollars into coastal communities over the past decade has survived a legal challenge before Alaska’s highest court.
A ferry at port

Unanimous ferry reform bill prompts constitutional challenge from Alaska’s governor

House Bill 63 would create an Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board that would be tasked with crafting both short- and long-term planning for Alaska's ferry fleet, but Gov. Mike Dunleavy thinks the board would give too much power to the legislature.
A weathered greyissh tugboat on the sandy beach with mountains in the background

Coast Guard scuttles Juneau’s troublesome tugboat Lumberman

The Lumberman could often be seen from Juneau’s main highway with a collection of skiffs moored to her rusting hull. The vintage tug became a magnet for people unable to find shelter in a community that’s long struggled with a lack of affordable housing.
people standing on the bech holding some signs

Human rights panel to weigh transboundary mining concerns

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will look into the human rights issues of having polluting mines upstream from tribes.
A man stand by a felled log that is as tall as he is as he spseaks with a woman.

Could rising timber prices aid the Tongass transition to second-growth logging?

Industry experts are divided over how to best seize the opportunity presented by high lumber prices to benefit Southeast Alaska: By cutting what’s left of Tongass old-growth or by retooling to cut younger, second-growth trees.
As see from above, boats swirl around a small, spruce covered area

A decade after Fukushima nuclear disaster, Alaska expands seafood monitoring

State environmental regulators announced Monday they’re expanding radiation testing of commercially harvested Alaska seafood, including crab, using a gamma radiation detector at a state laboratory in Anchorage.
A building in front of asidewalk

Dunleavy administration withdraws DMV privatization plan

The Dunleavy administration is no longer seeking private vendors to replace six state-run Division of Motor Vehicles offices, which the administration originally proposed as a cost-saving measure.

Alaska sues PFAS makers as lawmakers seek broader action from regulators

Alaska is suing chemical manufacturers over PFAS, toxic compounds that have contaminated water in more than a dozen communities across the state.
A white man with a bald head speaks into a microphone

Lawmakers advance bill to hike Alaska’s gas tax

Most of the revenue raised from the tax would go toward highway maintenance. And it enjoys wide support from business and industry groups that say it would help reinvest in Alaska’s road infrastructure.
A fery in the evening

State sells two fast ferries for just over $5M

The Fairweather and Chenega have been tied up in Ketchikan since 2019 and 2015, respectively. They were relatively new additions to the Alaska Marine Highway System’s fleet, purchased about 15 years ago for $68 million.
Mike Dunleavy speaks at a podium wearing a blue and black jacket and a face covering below his chin

Dunleavy pushes bill for long-range planning for state ferry system

Democratic lawmakers said the bill was a step in the right direction, but left many problems with the Alaska Marine Highway System.