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Ferry Aurora returns to service

Ferry Aurora returns to serviceThe ferry Aurora is sailing again after being tied up for about a week. Part of the small ship’s steering system broke down March 8.

Parnell: Gas line should help coastal communities

Parnell: Gas line should help coastal communitiesGov. Sean Parnell wants to get natural gas to Alaska’s coastal communities. He says a gas line and LNG plant could benefit more than the Railbelt.

Orca pod attracts a crowd in Douglas

Orca pod attracts a crowd in DouglasJuneau residents had a nice surprise when a pod of orcas swam up Gastineau Channel yesterday.

Marine highway to close ferry gift shops

Marine highway to close ferry gift shopsMarine highway officials say closing the shops will save $1 million a year.

Ketchikan-POW ferry aids seafood, retail, tourism

Ketchikan-POW ferry aids seafood, retail, tourismA small southern Southeast Alaska ferry line is of large value to the region’s economy. That’s according to a new report studying the Inter-Island Ferry Authority.

Yakutat prepares to try out wave-generated power

Yakutat prepares to try out wave-generated powerThe northern Southeast city of Yakutat is gearing up for a wave-energy experiment. If it’s a success, the community of about 650 residents could lower its high, diesel-fueled power costs.

Wilson’s transportation fund advances in House

Wilson’s transportation fund advances in HouseA measure setting up an Alaska Transportation Infrastructure Fund has gotten some traction in the House. But two companion bills are not seeing the same attention.

Should humpbacks lose endangered status?

Should humpbacks lose endangered status?State officials want the federal government to remove some protections for Southeast and Southcentral humpback whales. But a noted researcher says it’s too early to do that.

Senate OKs medevac memberships

Senate OKs medevac membershipsLegislation allowing a popular air-ambulance service’s membership program to continue serving Alaskans passed the state Senate today.

Measure calls for Tongass timber takeover

Measure calls for Tongass timber takeoverLegislation urging the state to take over some Tongass forest lands is attracting questions and opposition.