State transportation officials agree that a burst water pipe likely caused the Skagway ferry dock to sink last month. Repairs continue in hopes of getting the dock operational and returning ferry service to the Southeast community within the next week.
Department of Transportation spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow says it’s not yet known how much the salvage and repairs from the sinking will cost the state.
Woodrow says the state is hoping to resume ferry service to Skagway on May 11. A final decision on that timeline will be made later this week, he said.
- A National Weather Service meteorologist says warm ocean temperatures and less sea ice suggest this year's winter could be close to normal.
- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has ordered that Native communities and their traditional ecological knowledge be considered in future federal land management decisions.
- The first marijuana shop in the state has its license to open and it's in Skagway. The Remedy Shoppe must now wait for the state to give the green light to marijuana testing facilities before its shelves are stocked.
- Sen. Dan Sullivan said he is trying to make Congress aware of more than 30 villages that still don't have running water or sewers.