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 By Larry Persily    News    March 18, 2021

Legislators, governor differ on ferry system advisory board

Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to create a new state ferry system advisory board with one state official and 10 public members to replace an existing...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 18, 2021

State sells fast ferries to Spanish operator

After spending almost $1.1 million to keep the vessels out of service to save money and safely tied up the past several years, the state last week...

 

Legislators will want a say in spending additional federal pandemic aid

More than $6.5 billion in federal funding for pandemic relief has already been authorized for individuals, communities, school districts, businesses,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 4, 2021

Governor wants summer advisory vote on Permanent Fund Dividend

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is asking legislators for $2 million in state funds to hold a special election this summer, to ask voters their opinion of a...

 

Governor needs a plan, not a poker face

The governor had a chance to talk honestly about taxes when he announced his 10-year budget plan last month. He had a second chance Jan. 28 with his...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 28, 2021

Alaskans await opening of new housing assistance program

The state of Alaska and the municipality of Anchorage will share $200 million in new federal funds to help renters who have lost jobs or suffered...

 

Governor makes dividends key element of legislative session

The Legislature is set to convene next week in Juneau, with the Permanent Fund dividend perhaps the biggest issue lawmakers will confront. Gov. Mike...

 

It's up to Congress to do better

It was depressingly sad to watch the scenes in the Capitol last week as destructive rioters took over the historic building, furious at the outcome...

 

Beware false promises

It’s an election year, which means some legislative candidates around the state are pledging the unaffordable. It’s comforting to know that even...

 

Beware of false PFD campaign promises

It’s an election year, which means some legislative candidates are pledging the unaffordable. It’s comforting to know that even as most...

 
 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...

 

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