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July 14, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

A traveler off of a flight from Seattle makes his way through a COVID-19 screening line at Juneau International Airport on June 26, 2020. 

It’s been a month since Gov. Mike Dunleavy created an option for out-of-state travelers to skip a 14-day quarantine by coming with proof of a recent, negative COVID-19 test result. Ten of the state’s airports have screening lines so passengers can show test results or talk through options before leaving the airport. But some travelers have seen screening lines being bypassed en masse or unstaffed. Is the process working?

Photo and story by Jeremy Hsieh / KTOO

But first… 

It's official: Alaska won't see any large cruise ships this year. Norwegian was the last company to have sailings to Juneau on the schedule and it canceled those last week. 

We're used to seeing Norwegian's megaships -- the Joy and the Bliss -- in Juneau on Tuesdays. Now, the twins are separated. According to Cruisemapper.com, one of them is in Manila harbor in the Philippines and the other is in Norfolk, Virgina. And they're just hanging out. Because cruise ships don't have home ports. 

As Fran Golden writes in this Bloomberg article from last week, ships like the Bliss and Joy are on life support, operating with skeleton crews and trying not to be completely destroyed by Mother Nature while bobbing in the ocean with no passengers.

If you think it's eerily quiet in Juneau this summer, imagine what it's like on one of those ships right now.

Read: The World’s Cruise Ships Can’t Sail. Now, What to Do With Them?

-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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Glacial dam release flooding of the Taku 

A glacial dam release in the Juneau Icefield caused the Taku River to swell over the holiday weekend. On July 4th staff from the National Weather Service office in Juneau took flight to view the flooding. They posted this video with highlights from their flight.

Read the story from Matt Miller / KTOO 

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