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 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 30, 2022 

Guest Editorial

Election-year politics have a way of bringing bad ideas to the top — when they belong at the bottom of the settling pond. Yes, fuel prices are...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 30, 2022 

State ferry system still short of hiring needs

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    Opinion    June 23, 2022

Guest Editorial

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    Opinion    June 16, 2022

Guest Editorial

The weekend headline in Anchorage said an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project “could be closer than ever, Alaska politicians say....

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Guest Editorial

The Legislature adjourned on time last month, a nice change from past special sessions that got in the way of summer fishing, watching baseball,...

 
 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    Opinion    June 2, 2022

Guest Editorial

Despite repeated claims and allegations conjured up from the thin air of political dishonesty, there has never been any proof, no charges and...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 2, 2022

Senate Finance co-chair Stedman 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    Opinion    May 19, 2022

Guest Editorial

The amount of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend was still uncertain as of our publishing deadline, but it is certain that the payments...

 
 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    News    May 19, 2022

Senator wants Alaska to set up its own flood insurance program

Alaska property owners have paid more than four times as much in premiums than they received back in claims under the National Flood Insurance...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 12, 2022

Trident will keep Wrangell plant closed another year

WRANGELL - Seattle-based Trident Seafoods will not open its Wrangell processing plant this summer,...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 12, 2022

Guest Editorial

The Legislature is working toward the largest capital budget in a long time. Municipalities are hearing “yes” instead of years of “no” to some...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 12, 2022

Worker shortage 'is real,' says state labor economist

WRANGELL — Anyone who wants to get a pizza midweek at the Marine Bar or a steak or burger at the Elks Lodge knows that worker shortages have forced...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 12, 2022

Legislation would allow online raffle sales to continue

Unless the Legislature acts, Alaska nonprofits will have to stop selling raffle tickets online June 30. The state has allowed online sales by register...

 
 By Larry Persily    Dockside    May 5, 2022

Senate committee questions definition of sportfishing guide

Legislation to restore and increase the state licensing fee on sportfishing guides and operators ran into problems in the Senate Finance Committee...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 28, 2022

Kennicott delayed out of shipyard; parts part of the problem

Global supply chain shortages and delays have extended past grocery stores, car dealers and electron...

 

Guest Editorial

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...

 

House budget would send extra $263,000 to Petersburg School District

The state budget plan adopted by the House earlier this month includes an additional $263,000 in...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 21, 2022

Alaska Seaplanes will start Sitka- Petersburg-Wrangell service next month

Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes will add Wrangell to its route map starting May 26. The company,...

 
 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

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...

 

Guest Editorial

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...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Guest Editorial: Far too much of a good thing

Maybe Alaskans were tired of hearing the all-too-familiar refrains: Good candidates don’t run for public office anymore; it’s too expensive; ill-m...

 

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