Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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

Alaska considers $10 million loan fund to prop up Ketchikan’s shipyard

With the future of Alaska’s ferry system in question, the state may offer short-term financing to incentivize work at Ketchikan’s shipyard.

Cost-cutting will take Alaska’s flagship ferry out of service

The cash-strapped Alaska Marine Highway System plans to tie up its flagship ferry to save money. State transportation officials confirm that the M/V Columbia will not sail past Sept 4th.

Appellate court rejects Alaskans appeal in Carnival pollution case

If successful, the appeal would’ve effectively delayed the cruise giant’s recent settlement with the Justice Department for multiple violations of its felony probation.

Rare species of North Pacific right whale carries a tune across the Bering Sea

Federal researchers in the Bering Sea have released recordings of songs by some of the rarest whales in the world.

Alaska fishermen appeal Carnival’s $20 million pollution settlement

Three Alaskans are appealing a deal reached between Carnival Corporation and federal prosecutors after the world’s largest cruise company recently admitted to violating its felony probation.

Border senators urge more oversight from B.C. in transboundary mining

U.S. senators from Alaska and three other border states have written to British Columbia’s premier expressing concern over transboundary mining.

Hoonah taps federal funds to ease cruise visitor congestion

Hoonah is planning a $4.77 million pedestrian project to improve the walkability of its harbor area and make it possible to walk to the community’s cemetery on Pitt Island.

Juneau icefield researchers resurrect ‘Gorgon Spire’ — a name nearly lost in obscurity

An unnamed peak in the Juneau Icefield may get a cool-sounding name dreamt up a half-century ago — but then nearly forgotten.

Governor’s top staff directed Alaska’s rollback of PFAS regulations

The Dunleavy administration’s decision to defer to the EPA over safe levels of PFAS chemicals in drinking water came at the direction of the governor’s top aides. That’s according to dozens of redacted emails released following records requests.

Alaskans weigh in over Carnival Corporation’s deal with federal prosecutors

As Carnival Corporation executives appeared Monday in a federal courtroom in Miami to answer for felony probation violations, Southeast Alaskans penned letters to the court urging the judge to take tough action.

Kake tribe urges renaming Saginaw Bay over ‘Kake War’ connection

The body of water off Kuiu Island was named for the U.S. warship that laid waste to three Tlingit villages near present-day Kake in 1869.

Alaska officially parting ways with fast ferries

Selling off the fast ferries was anticipated after the Alaska Marine Highway System removed the Fairweather from service earlier this year. Its sister ship Chenega has been tied up since 2015.

Yakutat officials in the dark over PFAS contamination

Yakutat is a coastal community of 600 people halfway between Anchorage and Juneau. (CoastAlaska file photo) State officials say they’ll soon begin shipping water to Yakutat after PFAS...

Legislators approve $46M for Alaska ferries to avert fall shutdown

The state ferries will likely run through the winter months, avoiding a potential shutdown proposed by the Dunleavy administration.

Feds demand armed backup to keep Prince Rupert ferry terminal open

Alaska’s cash-strapped ferry system may soon pay the wages of Canadian police in order to maintain its connection to British Columbia. The arrangement is in response to a demand by U.S. customs agents for armed back up.

Unangax cemetery at former WWII internment camp may be added to Funter Bay park

Alaska lawmakers are considering expanding a state park to include historic graves of Alaska Natives who were among those who died in World War II internment camps.

Dissent at DEC emerges over roll-back of PFAS regulations

The Dunleavy administration’s decision to redefine PFAS levels considered safe in drinking water has caused dissension among a senior staffer working on contaminated sites. Lawmakers are scheduled to hold a hearing on the issue later this week.

Dunleavy administration dismisses Alaska ferries chief

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s top official lost her job this week to cost-cutting, according to Department of Transportation officials.

Icy Strait Point to add megaship dock as Hoonah readies for hundreds of thousands of cruise visitors

Hoonah’s Icy Strait Point is positioning itself as one of Alaska’s top cruise ship destinations. Roughly one in three cruise ship tourists will visit the entertainment complex on the outskirts of the small Southeast community next year.

House Fisheries urges pressure on B.C. over transboundary mining

A legislative committee heard from mine critics on both sides of the border during a Tuesday hearing in Juneau. It’s part of an effort to pressure British Columbia to tighten its mining regulations to reduce the threat of pollution from transboundary mines.