Ketchikan and Juneau are the only two Southeast communities designated as urban.
Over the fall and winter, transportation planners will hold more meetings to refine the ideas and narrow down the options. Their study is scheduled to be complete in the spring.
The state is already paying around $15 million to add crew quarters on the Hubbard.
Fentanyl is behind a 71% increase in drug overdose deaths in Alaska from 2020 to 2021. More than 250 Alaskans died from a drug overdose last year.
Hospital leadership has not yet announced its next steps.
Because the city’s COVID-19 emergency operations ended at the end of April, city officials can no longer mandate mask wearing or any other pandemic mitigation strategies.
The city has acknowledged housing as a top priority in its comprehensive plan.
Alaska lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand testing and regulations for PFAS chemicals in drinking water, which has been linked to cancer and other serious health conditions.
Skagway filed suit last year, challenging the redistricting board’s legislative map pairing it with the Mendenhall Valley by arguing that it was more socio-economically aligned with downtown Juneau.
This summer, cruise ship schedules are packed — on some days, Ketchikan and Juneau are expecting as many as seven ships in port at a time.