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 By Larry Persily    News    July 16, 2020

Suspect charged with arson, fire damages Sea Wolf Gallery

A woman has been charged with arson for starting a fire late Tuesday night that caused significant d...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 16, 2020

Businesses, nonprofits apply for $388,000 in CARES Act grants

The Haines Borough received 137 applications from businesses and nonprofits for CARES Act grant funding before the July 10 deadline, totaling about...

 

Residents list health, jobs, and education as biggest COVID concerns

A survey of Haines residents “to get a sense of where people are right now,” under the economic and emotional damage caused by COVID-19, found...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 9, 2020

Skagway residents line up for first $1,000 CARES Act checks

Alaska cities and boroughs are still figuring out how to spend the $569 million in federal CARES Act funding coming their way from the state — with...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 9, 2020

Matanuska back in service after 6 months

Alaska state ferry service is getting closer to normal, even though passenger loads are far from normal. Even the Matanuska, the oldest operating...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 9, 2020

Last big cruise line cancels

Norwegian Cruise Line has decided to give up on bringing its ships to Alaska even in late September and early October, putting an end to any chance...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 9, 2020

Peratrovich $1 coin not easy to get

The U.S. Mint in February released its $1 coin commemorating and honoring the late Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 2, 2020

Work underway at boat launch; completion scheduled for Oct. 31

Work is underway on the $5.4 million project to build a two-lane boat-launch ramp at Haines Small...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 16, 2020

Dunleavy scraps crew quarter plans for boats Tazlina, Hubbard

In addition to vetoing two-thirds of the Legislature’s increase in state ferry operating funds for the next fiscal year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 9, 2020

Dunleavy vetoes bulk of restored ferry funding

Gov. Mike Dunleavy on April 7 vetoed two-thirds of the additional funding appropriated by lawmakers for state ferry operations. The Legislature last...

 

Don't bet on Governor's revenue idea

The governor says he “has been actively seeking new revenue sources to diversify our economy.” He has been on the job almost 15 months and was a s...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 9, 2020

Legislators willing to talk taxes while governor pushes for large PFD

In a repeat performance of recent years, the upcoming legislative session will focus on the budget, public services and the amount of the Permanent...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 9, 2020

Legislators have not given up on Ocean Rangers

Haines’s legislators are waiting for the Gov. Mike Dunleavy administration to unveil its alternative to the Ocean Rangers onboard cruise ship...

 

WP&YR could be dredging ore terminal basin next fall

Dependent on getting regulatory approvals and then going to bid for the work, the White Pass & Yukon Route could have a contractor dredging out...

 

Commentary: It's time to change the PFD formula

Though I’ve never run for public office (student council in college in 1971 doesn’t count), I have a pretty good idea of the social media abuse...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 5, 2019

Fall/Winter ferry schedule expected by mid-July

The Alaska Marine Highway System expects to have its draft fall/winter 2019/2020 schedule available for public comment in mid-July — about six...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 13, 2019

Legislature approves $44 million cut to ferry system

 Almost one-quarter of the total cut to next year’s state operating budget is coming out of the Alaska Marine Highway System. The ferry system was...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 9, 2019

The budget numbers look bad for the ferry system

It’s looking likely that the state ferries will have to operate on less funding in the next fiscal year as Alaska lawmakers near the end of the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 25, 2019

DOT proposes new terminal for ferry day trips

The Alaska Deapartment of Transportation is working on a $27 million plan to build a ferry terminal at Cascade Point, almost 30 miles north of...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    March 7, 2019

Guest commentary

For those who bemoan — and criticize — the fact that the state has drawn on savings to the sorry tune of almost $16 billion over the past six...

 

Guest commentary

The U.S. economy is strong. People are working and businesses are profiting. Nice for the states that are doing good things for their residents,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 5, 2018

Food and sun fill the Fourth of July

It was hot, people lined up at the food tables, and the mud volleyball players came off the court...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 5, 2018

Ferry cancellation disrupts travel plans for hundreds

The state’s largest ferry, the 418-foot-long Columbia, will miss at least two round-trip voyages between Bellingham, Washington, and Southeast Alask...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 5, 2018

Bear knocks out phone and internet

A couple dozen phone and internet customers lost service for about 24 hours last week when a bear decided to play with a few of Alaska Power and...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 5, 2018

Public swim time now free for 17 and younger

A borough assembly ordinance took effect July 1 that eliminates the fee for anyone through age 18 to get in the water during public swim time at the...

 

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