Forecasters say the conditions on Halloween will make for one of the best aurora viewing opportunities so far this year.
The sun’s activity and a clear overnight forecast could mean prime viewing for Juneau residents.
In the past year, cost-cutting, a summer labor strike and a mechanical failure resulted in months-long service gaps, both planned and unplanned, for Alaska’s ferry system.
Senior state transportation officials warn that long gaps will be the new normal.
The ferry LeConte won’t return to service until May 15, according to representatives from the Alaska Marine Highway System. For at least two small Chichagof Island communities that translates into around seven months without a ferry. The LeConte is one of two ships in the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet that can maneuver into communities with…
The Tazlina was scheduled to have new side doors installed this winter. Instead, the state ferry will provide service between Juneau and the communities of Haines, Skagway, Hoonah and Gustavus.
The Leconte and the Aurora were scheduled to provide winter ferry service to several communities in Southeast Alaska this year. Both are docked while the Alaska Marine Highway System assesses repair costs for the ships.
Some 999 passengers with 526 vehicles were affected by the Alaska Marine Highway System’s abrupt cancellation of ferry service across much of Southeast Alaska.
The Alaska Department of Transportation says this winter there will be one ferry a week to Haines and Skagway, and no AMHS service to Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Pelican and Gustavus.
The ferry LeConte’s winter overhaul is projected to cost nearly four times as much as the state of Alaska had budgeted for.