The Alaska Marine Highway System is bringing a fast ferry back to Lynn Canal next month to fill a gap created by repairs to three other vessels in December.
“The marine highway system has been working for weeks to find a way to cover that holiday service gap,” said Alaska Marine Highway System spokeswoman Aurah Landau. “We just received (Coast Guard) approval to run the Fairweather and the Malaspina.”
The Fairweather will make runs between Juneau, Haines and Skagway four times a week between Dec. 7 and 30. It will also make two trips to Angoon in December.
The Fairweather is a high-speed catamaran that makes trips in about half the time of the rest of the fleet. But cost cutting has left its future uncertain.
The Malaspina is scheduled to be out of dry dock in the second week of December. It will then make three runs to Hoonah and Gustavus.
- Federal regulators are investigating video footage that appears to show a Holland America Line cruise ship narrowly missing a pod of humpback whales while on its way to Juneau.
- Legislative leaders say the floor sessions would be held at the Capitol in Juneau, while most of the meetings would be in Anchorage at the Legislative Information Office.
- The rising water level will bring more debris and much colder water. "So, if you were to perhaps fall in the river, there would be more risk of hypothermia," said Nicole Ferrin of the National Weather Service.
- Gov. Mike Dunleavy says the Alaska Federation of Natives hasn’t offered a valid solution to the fiscal crisis. He wants to know AFN’s plans to fight sexual assaults and educational woes in Native communities.