Articles written by Larry Persily

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 By Larry Persily    News    June 30, 2022 

State ferry system still comes up short on hiring

The Alaska Marine Highway System has enough crew to operate its summer schedule, though it still lacks a sufficient cushion to handle worker...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 30, 2022 

Bars reopen on two state ferries

Beer and wine have been available at the bars on board the state ferries Matanuska and Kennicott since late May after the amenities were closed seven...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 30, 2022 

Suspending taxes on gasoline doesn't deserve any mileage

Legislators, the governor, members of the public — and most certainly candidates in this year’s state elections — should be paying attention to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 23, 2022

Wrangell borough buys former sawmill property for $2.5 million

After finding a solution to a contractor lien against the property owner, the Wrangell Borough this week completed a $2.5 million purchase to take...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 23, 2022

Losing money a lesson to remember

Legislators, the governor, members of the public — and most certainly candidates in this year’s state elections — should be paying attention to...

 

Haines may need to add disinfection to sewage treatment

Haines is one of nine Alaska communities operating under old federal permit waivers from secondary treatment for its sewage water discharge, and...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 9, 2022

Malaspina will have new life as museum, employee housing and classroom

After 56 years of service in the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet and almost three years tied up at a Ketchikan dock, unused and in need of costly...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 2, 2022

Election to fill Young's seat first chance to try new voting system

This is the first year for ranked-choice voting in Alaska, and the changeover will start next week. Voting in the primary election to choose from...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 2, 2022

Senate Finance co-chair says state needs more in savings

If oil prices stay above $100 a barrel for the next 12 months, the state could end the fiscal year in June 2023 with about $2.3 billion in its...

 
 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...

 

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