Robert Venables is the former city manager of Haines. He says that the legislature understands that “there’s a true sense of crisis” in the system. (Robert Woolsey, KCAW)

Southeast Conference brainstorms a fix for Alaska’s ferries

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Gov. Bill Walker is serious about finding a fix for Alaska’s struggling ferry system. He signed earlier this year a Memorandum of Understanding with Sitka’s Garry White, who chairs the Southeast Conference, empowering the conference to look for solutions to the Alaska Marine Highway’s ongoing problems.
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Dean Westlake is challenging Barrow Rep. Bennie Nageak in the Democratic primary; in 2014, Westlake lost the race by 131 votes. Photo: Rachel Waldholz/Alaska's Energy Desk

Democrats target their own in state House primary, backing Nageak challenger

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Democrats are hoping to take control of the state House this year. To achieve that, they're gunning for two lawmakers who run as Democrats but largely vote with the Republicans. One is Rep. Bennie Nageak, D-Barrow, who represents District 40, which stretches from Kotzebue to Kaktovik.
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