The Alaska Marine Highway System has finalized its summer 2012 schedule. Officials have made only one change since a draft was released in August.
More and more Southeast government buildings and businesses are turning to woody biomass for heat. Some experts say the region is close to having enough demand to justify building a pellet mill. But it won’t be easy.
Haida Energy is starting to build Prince of Wales Island’s next hydropower plant. But it still needs more funding. The Reynolds Creek hydroproject has long been a dream of the Haida village Native corporation, based in Hydaburg.
Alaska’s seventh annual Rural Energy Conference takes place this week in Juneau. The three-day event includes technical workshops on newer technologies, such as wind, tidal, geothermal and biomass.
Public meetings on Southeast Alaska transportation options begin Monday (Sept. 26). Some of the plans up for review would drastically change ferry service or increase road mileage in the region.
Some legislators are suggesting the Alaska Marine Highway System take over the ferry Susitna. But ferry officials aren’t interested.
Alaska’s Marine Highway System wants a court to order the fast-ferry builder to provide new engines for the ships. State officials say engines on the Fairweather and Chenega are wearing out far faster than their warranties promised.
A Haines Republican is the first candidate to file for Sitka’s new House seat. Bill Thomas has put in his paperwork for the 2012 primary election.
Time could be running out for the fast ferry Fairweather. It’s been plagued with engine problems, which are the subject of a lawsuit against the ship’s builder. Captain John Falvey told the Marine Transportation Advisory Board today (Friday) that approval to use the engines runs out this April.
Metlakatla’s fisheries have been certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. That should help the southern Southeast community maintain salmon sales overseas. Officials say it’s the first tribal fishery to earn the certification.