Commercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska have survived two years of state budget cuts but not without some changes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries has cut some positions, ended some monitoring programs, and found some new funding sources.
Alaska National Parks can hire the hundreds of seasonal employees they need to keep up with summer operations. Seasonal staffing was thrown into limbo when President Donald Trump ordered a federal hiring freeze in January. After about a month of questions and waiting,
Bogoslof Volcano has exploded more than two dozen times since December, but not all eruptions are created equal. On Friday, for instance, the Aleutian volcano spit ash about 20,000 feet into the air during a brief half-hour blast that dusted Bogoslof Island and not much else.
A Coast Guard aircrew assisted four people aboard a fishing vessel in danger of sinking late Feb. 2. The 53-foot F/V Pacific Star was taking on water in the vicinity of Fairweather Ground, about 50 miles southeast of Lituya Bay.