Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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

Fairweather gets reprieve in draft ferry schedule

The MV Fairweather would make three runs a week up Lynn Canal, plus a weekly run to Sitka. Its sister ship has been tied up since 2015 due to cost-cutting. Listen now

Feds sue to recover cost of M/V Challenger cleanup

The federal government is suing to recover more than $2.5 million spent cleaning up a World War II-era tugboat that sank in Juneau’s Gastineau Channel.

Juneau’s Jesse Kiehl wins Alaska Senate seat in District Q

Independent candidate Don Etheridge conceded the race for Senate District Q to Democratic opponent Jesse Kiehl late Tuesday night.

Alaska urges British Columbia to toughen mining standards

The Walker administration is using its final weeks in office to push for tougher mine rules across the border in British Columbia. The province is in the midst of reviewing its mine reclamation laws. Listen now

Feds propose Tongass old growth timber sale

This latest proposed Tongass timber sale on Prince of Wales Island would dwarf anything seen in decades. The public has until mid-December to lodge objections with the U.S. Forest Service. Listen now

AK: The haunting of Alaskan Hotel’s Room 315

Juneau's historic Alaskan Hotel has a reputation of being haunted. Listen now

Marine pilots put megaships to the test in Southeast Alaska

Some of the largest cruise ships in the world will be making regular port calls in Southeast Alaska in 2019. Before they arrive, Southeast marine pilots are running simulations to assess their performance through narrow straits and rough weather. Listen now

Alaska tribes, health organizations join opioid suit

Alaska Natives are fatally overdosing from opioids at a higher rate than other groups. Now Alaska Native tribes and health organizations are joining a sprawling federal lawsuit against the prescription drug industry. Listen now

B.C. tribe sues U.S. barge company over 2016 spill

A Canadian tribe seeks damages from a U.S. barge company over a 2016 fuel spill in B.C. waters. The tribe claims the accident demonstrates the risk posed by fuel shipments to Alaska via the Inland Passage. Listen now

Red Mountain B.C. gold mine nears approval

Critics worry about long-term storage of tailings upstream from Portland Canal. Listen now

Roadless advocates pack Tongass hearing

Gov. Walker’s advisory panel is looking at where roads could be built inside the Tongass National Forest. But more than two dozen people testified at a hearing in Juneau against the idea. Listen now

Gov. Walker’s ‘roadless rule’ panel takes shape

Timber, fishing and mining interests have been tapped by Gov. Walker for an advisory panel over development in the Tongass National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service is eyeing an Alaska-specific rule that could relax road building and logging restrictions. Listen now

Mount Polley engineers face disciplinary hearings

Engineers at the Canadian mine that discharged millions of cubic yards of tailings stand accused of negligence by their professional peers. The copper-gold mine waste discharged into salmon-producing rivers that are important to Alaska fisheries. Listen now

Juneau’s cruise passenger fee lawsuit heads toward trial

Attorneys sparred over the constitutionality of Juneau’s head tax levied on cruise ship passengers. The oral arguments in federal court could be a prelude of things to come as the lawsuit heads toward trial. Listen now

Alaska salmon negotiators accept fewer ‘treaty fish’

Alaska’s treaty delegation is putting a brave face on a cut to Alaska’s share of cross-boundary salmon. The Pacific Salmon Treaty allocates salmon stocks between the U.S. and Canada. Listen now

Cruise ship air quality violations spike in Alaska

Alaska regulators have sent nine air quality violation notices for cruise ships in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines and Seward. That’s as more than 134 people have called the state’s hotline to report cruise ship air pollution. Listen now

Southeast bids adieu to fast ferry Fairweather

The state’s sole remaining fast ferry made its last run of the season between Skagway and Juneau. After 14 years there’s uncertainty whether the M/V Fairweather will ever return to Southeast. Listen now

US and Canadian negotiators reach tentative deal over Pacific salmon

U.S. and Canadian delegations reached a tentative deal over Pacific salmon last month. But the treaty’s 10-year annex still needs to be signed by both countries. Listen now

Alaska wary of federal push for marine aquaculture

The Trump administration is promoting aquaculture in federal waters to ease the nation’s seafood trade deficit. But Alaska wants assurances the state’s ban on offshore fish farming will be respected. Listen now

AK: Did Wyatt Earp really lose his pistol in Juneau?

A bar in Juneau claims it has a pistol that belonged to one of history's most notorious gunslingers. But does the story check out? Listen now