Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau
A questionnaire sent to business leaders across Southeast Alaska found deep misgivings over the governor’s approach to balancing the budget.
State lawmakers from both the House and Senate are urging the Dunleavy administration to continue the state’s engagement with British Columbia over pollution threats from transboundary mining.
In anticipation of the 2019 cruise season, Southeast marine pilots have been testing megaships in virtual reality. They’re concerned about one of the vessel’s maneuverability in tight spots and low speeds.
The Dunleavy administration is considering a new Juneau ferry terminal 30 miles north of the existing one to accommodate the short-range of the new Alaska-class ferries. It’s part of the plan to ensure day boats can connect Juneau with Haines and Skagway.
A state contract worth up to $250,000 to study the future of Alaska’s ferries is on hold.
Over the past two years Alaska’s on-board cruise ship inspectors called Ocean Rangers have documented a pattern of potentially serious water pollution. But there’s been no apparent action by regulators, and Gov. Dunleavy’s administration wants to get rid of the program.
Suppose a heavy cargo ship hauling ore collided with a tug and barge? First responders from the state and federal agencies practiced containing a hypothetical spill near Hawk Inlet.
When a Guardian Flight air ambulance plane inexplicably vanished Jan. 29 over Frederick Sound, mechanical failures grounded the nearest Coast Guard helicopters at Air Station Sitka.
This comes as the Dunleavy administration decided to offer more time — and a lot more money — for a new study to recommend ways to reduce or eliminate the state’s subsidy for the Alaska Marine Highway System.
A Canadian mining company wants to reopen a long-shuttered mine about 40 miles east of Juneau. It’s just a few miles from the Alaska border, and conservationists question the Dunleavy administration’s commitment to engaging British Columbia over potential pollution from mines upstream from Alaska waters
The U.S. Forest Service is moving ahead with one of the largest old growth timber sales Southeast Alaska has seen in years. The project projects harvesting as much as 225 million board feet of old growth lumber.
More than 11,000 elderly Alaskans would lose a cash assistance program that’s been around for nearly half a century.
Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer faced tough questions about the Dunleavy administration’s proposed budget at an Alaska Native forum in Juneau.
A drought declaration for parts of Southeast Alaska has expanded to include Sitka and Juneau. That means most of Alaska’s panhandle is officially in moderate to severe drought.
The Alaska Marine Highway System has stopped selling tickets past September. That’s in anticipation to deep cuts that could be fatal to the state ferry network.
The state official overseeing Alaska’s cruise ship monitoring program is concerned about losing independent environmental inspectors on cruise ships. That’s despite public assurances by agency officials that the program isn’t needed.