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 By Larry Persily    News    March 23, 2023 

Ferry system short more than 100 crew to put Kennicott to work

The Alaska Marine Highway System is short more than 100 new crew to safely and dependably put the Kennicott to sea. Without enough onboard workers,...

 By James Brooks    News    March 23, 2023 

K-12 funding increase takes first step forward in Alaska House

The Alaska House Education Committee voted 5-2 Wednesday morning to raise the amount Alaska pays K-12 schools per student, a figure known as the base... Full story

 By Chris Basinger    News    March 23, 2023 

SEAPA Board selects new CEO, discusses power needs

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency Board named a new CEO during its meeting earlier this month while...

 By James Brooks    News    March 23, 2023 

Testifiers support new Alaska housing anti-discrimination bill, sharing personal stories

Dozens of Alaskans testified in the state Capitol on Monday, urging lawmakers to advance a new anti-discrimination measure that would protect... Full story

 By Larry Persily    News    March 16, 2023

Summer ferry schedule finally open for bookings

Just eight weeks before the start of the summer timetable on May 1, the Alaska Marine Highway System has released its schedule and opened its online...


Stedman: proposed spending cap that excludes PFD is 'nonsensical'

Bills under consideration in the Legislature to cap state spending are not addressing the main challenges Alaska is facing, said Sitka Sen. Bert...

 By Caroleine James    News    March 16, 2023

Alaskans continue pressing for U.S. intervention on B.C. mines

After meeting with representatives of the British Columbia mining and environmental ministries in Juneau last week, state legislators, Alaska Native...

 By James Brooks    News    March 16, 2023

New anti-discrimination bill proposes housing protections for more Alaskans

Anchorage Democratic Rep. Jennie Armstrong, one of three newly elected LGBTQ members of the Alaska Legislature, has introduced a new proposal to ban... Full story


PFD hearing brings out widely differing viewpoints

When Jan Kanitz of Juneau and Antonia Lenard of Eagle River testified before a legislative committee last Saturday about personal responsibility and...

 By Katie Anastas    News    March 9, 2023

Gov. Dunleavy introduces bill requiring parent permission for sex ed, pronoun changes

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced a bill Tuesday that would increase the amount of parental permission needed to teach sex education and change... Full story

 By Larry Persily    News    March 9, 2023

Ferry system management says state is working to fix hiring problems

The Alaska Marine Highway System is working faster to hire more crew, trying to fix problems that slowed the process so much the past four years that...

 By Larry Persily    News    March 9, 2023

House committee starts work on PFD legislation

A state House committee last week held its first hearing on a bill intended to settle the Legislature’s biggest annual political battle: The amount...

 By Larry Persily    News    March 2, 2023

Ferry system lacks crew to operate the Kennicott this summer

In a change of plans from just a few weeks ago, the Alaska Marine Highway System reports it lacks enough crew to operate the Kennicott this summer. Th...


Crew shortage continues to plague state ferry system

An ongoing shortage of crew is the “No. 1 risk factor” for the Alaska Marine Highway System, Transportation Department Deputy Commissioner...

 By BECKY BOHRER    News    February 23, 2023

Alaska governor proposes funding boost for public defender

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday said he is proposing an additional $8.3 million over two years to help address...

 By James Brooks    News    February 23, 2023

Alaska sends food aid to Ukraine, but state declines to act on investments

More than 90,000 pounds of canned Alaska pink salmon purchased and donated by the state of Alaska...


Energy-relief share of last year's PFD not subject to income tax

The IRS announced last Friday that most temporary relief checks issued by states in 2022 are not subject to federal income taxes, including the $662 e...


Celebrating civil rights advocate Elizabeth Peratrovich

On Thursday, Alaskans will celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day to honor the Tlingit civil rights advocate who pushed for the nation’s first...


Proposed Pebble Mine blocked over environmental worries

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took an unusually strong step Tuesday and blocked a proposed mine heralded by...


State board approves elk hunt on Zarembo for next year

The state Board of Game has approved a proposal to reopen an elk hunt on Zarembo Island, though the odds that a local could nab a tag and take a bull...

 By Larry Persily    News    February 2, 2023

State ferry system will get $284 million from federal treasury

The federal ship has come in for the Alaska Marine Highway System, carrying more than $284 million for upgrades to old vessels, money to help pay for...

 By James Brooks    News    February 2, 2023

Report shows Alaska has almost eliminated its backlog of untested sexual assault evidence

Alaska’s backlog of untested sexual assault examination kits has all but disappeared after a five-year, multimillion-dollar effort, according to a... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    January 26, 2023

USDA will restore the 'roadless rule' in the Tongass

The Biden administration will ban new logging roads and most development in much of Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the U.S. Department... Full story


Alaska Marine Highway System awarded $285 Million in infrastructure funding

Washington, DC — U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both R-Alaska, announced Wednesday that the Federal Transit Administration is...

 By Larry Persily    News    January 26, 2023

Ferry system says it has enough crew to run summer schedule

Other than still needing crew if it is to put the Hubbard into service for the first time since it was built a few years ago, the Alaska Marine...


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