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 By Larry Persily    News    May 19, 2022 

Columbia's return nowhere on the horizon

The largest of the state ferries, the 499-passenger Columbia, was still listed as inactive on the Transportation Department website as of Monday,...

 
 By Larry Persily    Letters    May 12, 2022

Legislature moves closer to suspending motor fuel tax for one year

The state House has passed legislation that would suspend Alaska’s 8-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax for a year to help consumers pinched by high pric...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 28, 2022

Senate committee proposes full school debt repayment

The Haines Borough could receive about $2.1 million under a Senate Finance Committee plan to pay back municipalities across Alaska for years of...

 

It all adds up to the same $2,600

With just a few weeks left in the legislative session, House and Senate budget writers appear to agree that $2,600 is a good number to put into the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 21, 2022

Alaska Seaplanes will start Sitka-Wrangell service next month

Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes will add Wrangell to its route map starting May 26. The company, which operates a fleet of 14 single-engine aircraft,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 21, 2022

Extra ferry sailing will pick up waitlist travelers in Bellingham

With more than 260 would-be ferry passengers stuck on a waitlist for travel out of Bellingham, Washington, and sailings full until late July, the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 14, 2022

Mortgage relief program draws 35 applications

A federally funded mortgage relief program to help homeowners hurt financially by the pandemic drew 10,737 applications in Alaska, with 35 from...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 14, 2022

State ferry system silent on summer plans for Columbia

The Alaska Marine Highway System has been hoping since last August to bring back the Columbia to service this year after an almost three-year...

 

Campaign finance disclosure good for the public

A big part of a well-functioning democracy is running for office or, if you don’t want your name on the ballot, backing a candidate, taking a...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 7, 2022

Legislators scale back governor's heavy reliance on federal money for ferries

The House Finance Committee has rejected the governor’s proposal to rely almost entirely on federal funds to operate the Alaska Marine Highway...

 

It's not that hard, just different

This year’s switch to ranked-choice voting in Alaska is something new, maybe even surprisingly new for those who missed or forgot about the 2020...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 24, 2022

Columbia's return to service in doubt for lack of crew

A state Department of Transportation official told legislators that the ferry system is “burning out our crew” with lots of overtime amid staff sh...

 

High oil prices not a reason to boost profits

No, this column is not directed at oil producers. They are not the guilty party in this tale of cost escalation. Nor is this column about the many...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 17, 2022

Winning plan for Malaspina would operate it as maritime museum

The state has started negotiations to sell the Malaspina to a company owned by a business that operates a new multimillion-dollar cruise ship...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 17, 2022

Energy relief bidding could get out of hand

Many Alaskans will be hurting under $5-a-gallon gasoline, and rural residents who pay even higher prices will hurt even more. The state treasury,...

 

State to implement paid parking at Southeast airports

Sitka will switch from free to paid airport parking next month under a state program that later could come to other Southeast communities, although...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 10, 2022

Ferry system still short of hiring target for summer schedule

State ferry system and Transportation Department officials plan to gather this week in Ketchikan to consider options for fulfilling the advertised sum...

 

State will provide financial aid for homeowners hurt by pandemic

Alaska’s state housing agency has distributed more than $243 million in financial aid the past year to help renters hurt economically by the...

 

House speaker questions ferry system's hiring expectations

State Department of Transportation officials last week told legislators the ferry system needs to quickly hire at least 166 new crew in order to meet...

 

Governor proposes new program to replace onboard cruise ship monitors

Almost three years after pulling pollution monitors — called Ocean Rangers — from large cruise ships, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has proposed legislation...

 

State seeks to sell the Malaspina

The Alaska Department of Transportation is asking anyone interested in taking ownership of the nearly 60-year-old Malaspina to speak up by March 7....

 

Ferry system may reconsider charging more when ships are fuller

State ferry management said they are working to be more responsive to community and passenger concerns, including reconsidering the use of “dynamic...

 

Lack of crew could keep Columbia unused

Unless the Alaska Marine Highway System can recruit enough workers by March 1 to restaff the unused Columbia, officials said the largest vessel in...

 

State contracts with search firm to help fill ferry system jobs

The state has contracted with an Anchorage-based search firm to help recruit and fill almost 50 job openings with the Alaska Marine Highway System,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 27, 2022

Coastal legislators dislike governor's spending plan for state ferry system

Though they say the level of funding for the state ferry system in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is adequate,...

 

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