Alaska Marine Highway

In this file photo, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, Malaspina and Tazlina, hidden from view, are tied up at the Auke Bay Terminal in July 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, Malaspina and Tazlina, hidden from view, are tied up at the Auke Bay Terminal in July 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Stranded: Ferry strikes leave visitors, businesses and locals high and dry
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Stranded: Ferry strikes leave visitors, businesses and locals high and dry
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Ferry work stoppages stretch to seventh day
Ferry work stoppages stretch to seventh day
Members of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific picket in front of the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The union called a strike on Wednesday over failed negotiations with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Members of the Inland Boatmen’s Union of the Pacific picket in front of the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The union called a strike on Wednesday over failed negotiations with Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Frank Murkowski has a vision for Southeast. It includes roads and timber
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Frank Murkowski has a vision for Southeast. It includes roads and timber
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Doom for the fast ferries: Two more go up for sale
Doom for the fast ferries: Two more go up for sale
Study for ferry system’s future moving on ‘aggressive’ timeline
Study for ferry system’s future moving on ‘aggressive’ timeline
Frank Murkowski: Here’s how to fix the Alaska Marine Highway System

Frank Murkowski: Here’s how to fix the Alaska Marine Highway System

The former Alaska governor offers some suggestions.

Frank Murkowski: Here’s how to fix the Alaska Marine Highway System
Ferry system braces for budget cuts

Ferry system braces for budget cuts

Dwindling budget could mean loss of services.

Ferry system braces for budget cuts
The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Opinion: Why Alaska-class ferries were the right decision

Opinion: Why Alaska-class ferries were the right decision

There’s no legitimate reason the vessels cannot be used as intended.

Opinion: Why Alaska-class ferries were the right decision
Opinion: Why the Alaska-class ferries aren’t ready
Opinion: Why the Alaska-class ferries aren’t ready
New Alaska ferries need $30M in work before entering service

New Alaska ferries need $30M in work before entering service

Ferries Tazlina and Hubbard to be used on longer routes than originally planned.

New Alaska ferries need $30M in work before entering service
The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Fast ferry Fairweather faces foggy future

Even though it’s only 14 years old, the fast ferry Fairweather is laying up for the season and its future is uncertain.

The Alaska State Marine Highway Ferry Fairweather pulls up to the Auke Bay Terminal in June, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Support the ‘ocean road’ to Southeast

Access to Juneau and Southeast Alaska has been an issue for a long time. We need good, inexpensive, reliable access to and from our communities.… Continue reading

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)

Ferry passengers stranded without toilets

A pair of generators broke down on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry M/V LeConte Thursday afternoon, stranding 52 passengers on board without working toilets and… Continue reading

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)

Ferry passengers stranded without toilets

A pair of generators broke down on the Alaska Marine Highway ferry M/V LeConte Thursday afternoon, stranding 52 passengers on board without working toilets and… Continue reading

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, and Fairweather at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, March 5, 2018. (Juneau Empire file)
Former mayor of Unalaska is new boss of Alaska ferry system

Former mayor of Unalaska is new boss of Alaska ferry system

Gov. Bill Walker has named a former Unalaska mayor to head the Alaska Marine Highway System. On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public… Continue reading

Former mayor of Unalaska is new boss of Alaska ferry system
Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, presents House Bill 321, the “fast-track” supplemental budget bill, Friday, March 16, 2018 on the floor of the Alaska Senate. (Daniel McDonald | Alaska Senate Majority)

Alaska Legislature passes bill to avert shutdown of Medicaid, ferries

The Alaska Legislature on Friday morning approved a stopgap spending plan that keeps the Alaska Marine Highway System operating and the state’s Medicaid program working.… Continue reading

Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, presents House Bill 321, the “fast-track” supplemental budget bill, Friday, March 16, 2018 on the floor of the Alaska Senate. (Daniel McDonald | Alaska Senate Majority)
The former Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku is seen in this undated photo provided by the Alaska Marine Highway system. (Rebecca Rauf | Alaska Department of Transportation)

Bill to fund Alaska Marine Highway System nears House vote

For the first time in six years, the Alaska Legislature has put a portion of the state’s budget, including funding for the Alaska Marine Highway… Continue reading

The former Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku is seen in this undated photo provided by the Alaska Marine Highway system. (Rebecca Rauf | Alaska Department of Transportation)