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Petition asks that state ferry system rename the LeConte

A petition is being circulated, asking the state ferry system to change the name of the LeConte, the latest in a series of efforts around the country to strip the names of people who enslaved others from public spaces. The change.org petition,...

 

Federal fisheries agency conducts new analysis of king salmon harvest

Commercial trolling for king salmon in Southeast is back on the desk of the National Marine Fisheries Service, following on judicial rulings this past summer that saw the fishery shut down — and then reinstated — as a case brought by env...

 

Ferry system advisory board recommends emergency hiring powers

The Alaska Marine Highway System Operations Board — an advisory panel created last year — wants the Dunleavy administration and the state Legislature to grant emergency powers for hiring personnel to the ferry system’s marine director. The syste...

 

Alaska ferry system confronts costly reality of aging fleet

Age is a major issue behind the Alaska Marine Highway System’s pending master plan, which will go to state legislators this month. The state ferry Columbia, which turns 50 next year, had been sidelined at the Ketchikan ferry dock for about three y...

 

Alaska mariculture program hands out first round of grants

For the past year, Sea Quester, a seaweed farming company based in Juneau, has been making progress growing kelp. Among its creations is a kelp burger — sales topped 500 at the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines in July. But its main focus is i...

 

After Montana victory, environmental nonprofit looks to Alaska

A landmark environmental court ruling in Montana on Aug. 14 has striking implications for Alaska, particularly with a vow by the organization behind it to bring a similar case here. It won’t be the first time they’ve done it, but this time the...

 
 By Meredith Jordan    News    August 9, 2023

State pays retired troopers to ride on Alaska ferries

A new $120,000 program that puts retired state troopers in uniform on Alaska ferries is seeing results: no incidents and an appreciative crew, which has long been tasked with overseeing the occasional unruly passenger. “We’re here to make sure tha...

 

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