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Senate considers passenger rights bill

Senate considers passenger rights billDoes the cruise industry do enough to keep passengers safe? And how do we know if they don’t? Those were among the questions asked at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Opponents of wastewater discharge bill pass on referendum

Opponents of wastewater discharge bill pass on referendumWhen voters head to the polls next year, they could be faced with questions on oil taxes, the minimum wage, and the use of recreational marijuana. But one thing that won’t be on the ballot is a referendum on a controversial bill concerning cruise ship waste.

Huna Totem starts cultural tourism consulting business

Huna Totem starts cultural tourism consulting businessA Southeast village Native corporation wants to export its cultural tourism expertise. It’s opened a consulting business to build on more than a dozen years in the business.

State monitoring cruise industry’s treatment of local businesses

State monitoring cruise industry’s treatment of local businessesFor the first time, the Department of Law is cracking down on shady business practices allegedly taking place aboard vessels.

Cruise ship wastewater bill passes House

Cruise ship wastewater bill passes HouseRepresentatives vote 27 to 9 in favor of measure that allows mixing zones.

Cruise ship bill moving quickly through legislature

Cruise ship bill moving quickly through legislatureAbout a million people visit Alaska by cruise ship every year, creating floating cities along the state’s coastline. A bill that would change just how the waste they produce is regulated is moving rapidly through the legislature, and is scheduled to appear on the House floor today.

Gaslines and guns among the legislative efforts slated for this week

Gaslines and guns among the legislative efforts slated for this weekFor the past couple of weeks, the legislature has been moving forward on the governor’s proposal to cut taxes on oil companies. Now, it’s scheduled to take up the issue of an in-state gasline. Here's the legislative outlook for the week.

Tour businesses meet, discuss mixed season

Tour businesses meet, discuss mixed seasonAbout 500 people are in Anchorage this week for the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s convention and trade show.

2012’s cruise season was up, but not everywhere

2012’s cruise season was up, but not everywhereMore cruise ship tourists visited Alaska this year than last. But some ports did better than others.

Cruise ship water-treatment technology under review

Cruise ship water-treatment technology under reviewWhat’s the most effective and economically feasible method of curbing water pollution from large tour ships?
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