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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...

 

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...

 

The Way We Were

Aug. 23, 1923 Mrs. Stephen Grant has resumed her duties as community nurse following a vacation which she took for the purpose of entering a summer class in community nursing given in Portland under the auspices of the Red Cross. Mrs. Grant finished...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 23, 2023

Wrangell will go without ferry service for 18 days late fall

The Alaska Marine Highway System last week announced its fall and winter schedule, showing Wrangell without any ferry service between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. That’s a change from the draft schedule released in early July which proposed regular weekly...

 

No room for error

The state needs a new mainline ferry more than ever. The Alaska Marine Highway System is running out of operable ships, further driving away travelers. The scarcity of service makes it hard on locals and even harder on summer visitors, who find the...

 
 By James Brooks    News    August 23, 2023

U.S. Transportation Secretary rides state ferry to Haines

When U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg's flight from Juneau to Haines was rained out on Aug. 16, he changed plans and did what Alaskans have done for decades: He boarded a ferry. Sen.... Full story

 
 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...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 26, 2023

Washington State Ferries system suffers same problems as Alaska

The Washington State Ferries system still has not returned to its full pre-pandemic schedule, coming up short due to fewer riders, an inability to recruit, hire and train onboard crew, high rates of retirements and resignations, and a “lack of vess...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 19, 2023

Ferry system breaks even on hiring first six months of year

After the past few years when resignations and retirements far outpaced new hires, the Alaska Marine Highway System was able to hire as many new onboard crew as it lost in the first six months of this year. It showed a net gain of two workers,...

 

Canceled ferry sailing costs tourist $1,000, says governor should support a new ship

Last year, I wanted to visit a few small towns in Alaska, traveling aboard the state ferries. I liked it very much and even though catching a ferry at 4 a.m. was inconvenient, I loved traveling with the locals. I met so many wonderful people,...

 
 By James Brooks    News    July 19, 2023

Crew shortage could shut down Hubbard for a week

The Alaska Marine Highway System may have to cancel some Lynn Canal sailings this week as the state ferry system’s hiring woes continue through the peak summer travel season, its top official said Friday, July 14. “We’re at risk of shutting... Full story

 

The Way We Were

July 12, 1923 The presidential party arrived in Wrangell early Monday morning on the transport Henderson, under a convoy of two torpedo boats. The moment the distinguished visitor stepped onto Grant’s float they were greeted by the reception commit...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    July 12, 2023

Taqueria food stand looks forward to its opening day

Healthy helpings of hot dogs, fry bread and burgers are quintessential parts of any Wrangell Fourth of July, but this year the community's palates were graced with a taste of something different...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 5, 2023

Limited southbound service to Wrangell for 6 weeks in draft winter ferry schedule

Wrangell will go without any southbound ferry service in alternating weeks from Oct. 1 to mid-November under the Alaska Marine Highway System’s draft fall/winter schedule. The town is on the schedule for its usual weekly northbound stop during...

 

Rep. Ortiz wants to hear public's opinions on vetoes

Gov. Mike Dunleavy last month announced his vetoes for the budget passed by the Legislature. After lawmakers had reached a bipartisan compromise, I was ultimately pleased with the final budget numbers that we passed. Therefore, I and a significant...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    July 5, 2023

Belated christening for state ferry Hubbard, five years after launch

Nearly a decade after construction started and a month after it was put into service, the 280-foot-long Hubbard was officially christened as the newest ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System’s fleet on June 26 in Juneau. The Hubbard — first...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 28, 2023

State ferry system says it is unable to provide hiring numbers

The Alaska Marine Highway System, which five months ago embarked on improving its hiring process to address chronic crew shortages, is unable to say how many new employees it has hired since then. The push started after a consultant’s report in...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    June 28, 2023

State ferry Columbia expected back at sea this week

The state ferry Columbia, after a week in the shop to repair leaky pipes and its bow thrusters, was expected back at work starting Wednesday, June 28, with its regularly scheduled run from Ketchikan to Bellingham, Washington. The vessel was pulled...

 

More than 4 years after launch, state ferry Hubbard finally goes to work

The Hubbard pulled away from the dock at the Ketchikan Shipyard on May 18, headed for its first passenger sailing — more than four years after it was built at a cost of about $60 million. Carrying a crew of 24 — with newly installed sleeping...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    May 10, 2023

Tlingit & Haida distributes herring eggs to tribal citizens

Tribal citizens lined up outside the WCA carving shed on the sunny afternoon of May 2 to collect boxes of herring eggs from the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The Tlingit and Haida Traditional Food Security program...

 

Southeast at risk of losing Alaska Marine Highway service to Prince Rupert, permanently

Ketchikan, her close community neighbors and all of Southeast Alaska are in danger. We are at risk of losing our Alaska Marine Highway System ferry run to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, permanently. Ferry service to Prince Rupert is vital. It is...

 

The Way We Were

April 5, 1923 The regular meeting of the executive committee of the Red Cross was held at the town hall last Monday. The principal business transaction was the appointment of Mrs. Stephen D. Grant as public health nurse for Wrangell for a year...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 5, 2023

State plans to spend $8 million to replace steel on Matanuska

The state now plans to spend an estimated $8 million to replace wasted steel on the ferry Matanuska. If the repairs can be completed in time, the ship could be available by late summer or early fall if it is needed to fill in on Southeast routes....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 22, 2023

Ferry system short more than 100 crew to put Kennicott to work

The Alaska Marine Highway System is short more than 100 new crew to safely and dependably put the Kennicott to sea. Without enough onboard workers, the state ferry system will start the summer schedule in six weeks with its second-largest operable...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 15, 2023

Summer ferry schedule finally open for bookings

Just eight weeks before the start of the summer timetable on May 1, the Alaska Marine Highway System released its schedule and opened its online reservations system for bookings. The schedule, which was announced March 7, came later than usual this...

 

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