Alaska Marine Highway

Members of the Alaska House-Senate budget conference committee prepare to open their meeting Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in the Senate Finance Committee Room of the Alaska Capitol. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Lawmakers agree on DOT budget, but solution may mean long-term trouble for ferries

The legislative committee trying to avert an Alaska government shutdown has agreed on a deal to fund the Alaska Marine Highway, but its solution sets… Continue reading

Members of the Alaska House-Senate budget conference committee prepare to open their meeting Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in the Senate Finance Committee Room of the Alaska Capitol. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

No one wants the ferry Taku

No one wants the ferry Taku. According to the Alaska Marine Highway System, no one has met the minimum $1.5 million bid to buy the… Continue reading

The state of Alaska is selling the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Taku. The ship was commissioned in 1963. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Up for sale, state ferry Taku isn’t a buyer’s delight

The difference between dreams and reality is about $1.5 million. On Friday, the Alaska Marine Highway listed the 54-year-old ferry Taku for sale, minimum bid… Continue reading

The state of Alaska is selling the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Taku. The ship was commissioned in 1963. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Legislative parents name their ‘babies’ Tazlina and Hubbard

Their official christening is months away, but the parents have given their blessing on a name. On Friday, the Alaska House of Representatives voted 38-0… Continue reading

Waste not: Ferries’ flushing bill wins Senate support, 16-2

The Alaska Senate voted 16-2 Friday to cut a break in the state’s environmental regulations for small cruise ships and the Alaska Marine Highway. Senate… Continue reading