“Near-deaths and freezing, running out of gas are some of the issues surrounding being able to go between communities,” said Gordon Brower, director of the North Slope Borough’s Planning and Community Services Department.
Uncertainty about next year’s spending by the state of Alaska is trickling down to local governments. Expecting spending cuts, Petersburg’s borough assembly voted against filling a vacant position in the police department — at least until a proposed state spending plan is unveiled later this month.
Alaska’s biggest port is in dire need of improvements. Structural failure threatens the flow of essential supplies like food, fuel, and construction material into the state. According to the latest estimate, needed repairs will be twice as expensive as originally forecasted, leaving Anchorage officials dismayed.