Residents of the Northwest Arctic village of Noorvik, where there is no village public safety officer, say their town is feeling increasingly unsafe.
The effective shutdown of the Alaska Marine Highway System has been a boon for private sector barges.
The state has hired Allen Marine Tours to run daytrips between Juneau, Kake, Angoon and Tenakee Springs. Those runs will be Saturday, Feb. 29 and Tuesday, March 3.
A three-line piece of legislation would prohibit the state of Alaska from selling, transferring or disposing of a state ferry without express approval by lawmakers.
An Alaska state representative wants the federal government to name one of its new polar icebreakers the Polar Bear, in a nod to a historic American vessel.
Alaska’s legislative leaders say the state’s ability to spend down fund earnings is a political dilemma, at a time when Gov. Mike Dunleavy and some legislators want to pay back the amounts PFDs have been cut.
Not all rural communities have normal sanitation systems like city sewer and water treatment plants: They rely on septic systems that need to get pumped periodically. And while the Alaska Marine Highway System is closed, pump trucks can’t get to some small towns that rely on them.
The nine programs recommended for deletion include the university’s bachelor’s degree in theater, master’s degree in anthropology and MFA in creative writing and literary arts.
Development in the Arctic is booming as the global climate warms and ice melts. But environmental opposition has come along with it, making some big banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase more reticent about investing.
State lawmakers heard testimony last week from rural Alaska leaders who are concerned about getting REAL IDs for their communities.