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 By Larry Persily    COVID-19    July 22, 2021 

Cruise ship COVID-19 case count rises to 10

The COVID-19 case count among the 214 passengers and crew who were aboard the American Constellation’s Southeast Alaska cruise the second week of...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

Assembly schedules public interviews tonight of 2 finalists for borough manager

The borough assembly is scheduled to interview its two finalists for the manager job in a public meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. this evening. The...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

COVID cases climbing back up in Alaska

State officials say the highly contagious delta variant is likely driving the increase in COVID-19 cases reported in Alaska, plus the fact that more...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

Haines scheduled for one ferry a week January and February

Haines would see just one ferry a week in January and February under the draft winter schedule released Tuesday evening by the Alaska Marine Highway...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

COVID cases send ship into quarantine in Juneau

The first cruise ship to cancel runs through Southeast Alaska this summer due to COVID-19 cases on board is tied up in Juneau, waiting for a 10-day...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

PFD is the deadline as lawmakers work on a state fiscal plan

Alaska lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene in another special session in just over two weeks to consider a long-term fiscal plan for the state ...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

Legislators hear strong objections to ferry terminal at Cascade Point

The Alaska Department of Transportation has been working more than two years on the idea of building a new state ferry terminal at Cascade Point, almo...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    July 15, 2021

Alaskans need to hear real facts about budget

Could anything be more difficult than getting the Alaska Legislature to settle on a workable, affordable, sustainable fiscal plan for the state? Yes....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Governor vetoes legislative attempt to bolster ferry budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has used his veto power to thwart a legislative effort to boost the state ferry system budget. The governor cut almost $8.5...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Borough manager attracts 10 applicants

The borough has been without a permanent manager since last May, and the mayor is hoping the latest round of applications will produce a successful...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

SEARHC now requires all employees to be vaccinated

As of last week, employees, contractors and volunteers with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, which operates in Haines and 18 other com...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Haines recovery group focuses on raising money

“Getting people back into secure housing is costly,” said Sylvia Heinz, coordinator for the Haines Long Term Recovery Group, established soon...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Work starts this week on Beach Road

Southeast Road Builders plans to start work Friday morning under a $166,760 borough contract to remove debris from the December landslide across...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Dunleavy vetoes small PFD, tells legislators to try again

Legislators are scheduled to return to Juneau next month and will try again to settle on an amount for this fall’s Permanent Fund dividend after...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Governor's reductions hit tourism, seafood marketing and SE hatchery funding

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has vetoed $215 million from the state budget, about 4% of $4.6 billion spending in unrestricted general fund dollars on public...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

First of large cruise ships due in Southeast on trial voyage

It’s not like the old times of 1.3 million cruise ship visitors to Southeast Alaska, but it’s the start of the best it’s going to be this...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    July 8, 2021

Governor is wrong to call legal help for domestic violence victims a subsidy

The governor’s office got it wrong when it referred to $400,000 in state funding for the Alaska Legal Services Corp. as a subsidy. Guess they had...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 24, 2021

Alaska elections will be different this year

Yeah, I know, it’s 14 months from Alaska’s 2022 primary election for governor, legislative seats and two of the state’s three members of...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 17, 2021

No secret that governor's math fails

Gov. Mike Dunleavy must have learned how to manage state finances from the same people who guard the world’s biggest secret recipes: Col....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 3, 2021

Legislature hung up budget dividend negotiations

Setting the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund dividend — and deciding on how to pay the cost — continues to hold up agreement on a state...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Changes to ferry system advisory board await governor's decision

Not a single legislator voted against the bill to reconfigure the public advisory board for the Alaska Marine Highway System, taking away from...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Legislators struggling to decide state budget, dividend

Alaska legislators are in the second week of a special session to finish work on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts in just five weeks,...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 20, 2021

State sending out rental relief payments

As of this week, almost half of the 110 Haines applications for financial help with rent and utilities had been approved or were pending a final...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 20, 2021

Governor's PFD plan teaches misleading math

To steal the line from a country-western song of almost 30 years ago — “Well that’s my story and I’m sticking to it” — Gov. Mike Dunleavy...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 13, 2021

Follow the laws, but fix them when they don't work

Consistency is a good thing, whether it’s parents applying rules to their children or elected officials following the law. Inconsistency can mean...

 

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