A Southeast lawmaker introduced a bill this week to help Alaska ferries meet state pollution-control rules. It would also exempt new ships from a law requiring a percent of construction spending go toward art.
British Columbia says it will stop polluted Tulsequah Chief Mine water from entering a salmon-rich river that flows into Southeast Alaska near Juneau.
Alaska and British Columbia are working out details of how they will handle transboundary mine concerns. Critics say the effort needs federal involvement.
The ferry Matanuska is sailing an altered schedule for about a week due to mechanical problems. It will delay Juneau-to-Prince-Rupert sailings.
A bill on its way to the president’s desk authorizes most of the money needed to build a new boat harbor in Craig. But the funding itself will wait for future congressional action.
People ferrying from Ketchikan to Metlakatla will soon pay double for their tickets. But the return trip will be free.
The marine highway is moving ahead with plans to sell or scrap the ferry Taku. But it’s keeping its options open for a second sidelined ship, the Chenega.
The U.S. Forest Service grants have helped design boilers and plan wood-pellet mills in Southeast and Interior Alaska communities.
The Alaska Marine Highway System is paying more than $1,200 a day for long-term storage of two unused ferries. One critic says it would be better to sell them than to tie them up.
Alaska and British Columbia officials signed a statement of cooperation Thursday aimed at protecting rivers that flow through the province and the state.