Many communities in Southeast Alaska have seen population declines for a decade or more, but there appears to be a turnaround.
New estimates released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Research and Analysis Section show that all of Southeast saw growth at above the statewide average of 1.7 percent.
New state population estimates show Prince of Wales Island’s Hydaburg was the region’s fastest growing city of any size, adding 8 percent to its population. City Administrator Adrian LeCornu says he doesn’t know what caused it other than Hydaburg being an attractive place to live.
Thorne Bay, Klawock and Port Protection also are growing rapidly.
- “Things have to have an endpoint to it, or they have to have something that keeps directing you, telling you that you’re in the right area,” said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
- The Department of the Interior announced today that 29 local Alaska governments would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.
- In visits to the Lower 48, Alaskans may have caught a ride in an Uber or Lyft car. Now, people around the state can use the ride-sharing companies at home. This month, Alaska became the latest state to make way for the transportation apps.
- It’s do-or-die week in Olympia. It's cliché to say, but if lawmakers don’t pass a budget and send it to the governor for his signature before midnight on Friday, state government will go into partial shutdown. Washington lawmakers are optimistic that won’t happen.