The mine would be built at the headwaters of the Koktuli River drainage, and it would eliminate about 20% of available habitat there, though the Corps says that does not necessarily represent fish habitat.
The tug crews fit into a category of essential workers the general public rarely sees — even less so now that shore leave by mariners and visitors boarding the vessels are almost completely forbidden.
Knopp was an oil industry contractor who served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly before he was elected to the House in 2016. He represented Kenai and Soldotna in the chamber.
The airline plans to hire experienced Ravn and PenAir pilots and use aircraft that can fly direct from Anchorage.
If plans are approved, residents would pay rent and serve the community by volunteering.
Starting July 31, people driving to Alaska from the Lower 48 will only be able to enter Canada through one of five border crossings.
Activists say fishing businesses need access to federal programs that already benefit land-based harvesters.
The HEROES Act would extend the $600 weekly benefits through next January.
The crew had been fishing on the F/V Magnus Martens of Juneau and F/V Vigilant of Petersburg.
In the Tongass National Forest, this comes at a time when sweeping management changes were already underway.