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.
- Alaska Airlines pilots have reached a breaking point in negotiations with the company, and now have plans to picket outside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. The pilots plan to picket starting at 1 p.m. Monday outside the airport in Anchorage.
- Jenkins was taking a practice run through the class four rapids when a bystander filming the event, noticed another participant, Daniel Hartung, 64, of Indian Valley, flipped out of his kayak and became pinned under a log.
- The Tazlina is the first of two new Alaska Class ferries that the Ketchikan Vigor Alaska shipyard is building for the state. Its two halves are complete and welded together, and shipyard workers are busy getting interior spaces done.
- The Alaska Marine Highway is taking reservations for October through April sailings. The schedule changed so the Matanuska can get new engines.