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A plane lands at Juneau International Airport on May 25, 2021, as the number of travelers in the state started to rise after the lockdowns of 2020. Travel numbers are not back up to their pre-pandemic levels, but they are increasing according to local travel authorities. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

After steep decline, transportation numbers are slowly taking off again

Passengers are coming back by boat, plane and bus, but not yet at pre-pandemic numbers.

A plane lands at Juneau International Airport on May 25, 2021, as the number of travelers in the state started to rise after the lockdowns of 2020. Travel numbers are not back up to their pre-pandemic levels, but they are increasing according to local travel authorities. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
Chum salmon, like the kind seen here as a man examines the fish ladder at the Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc. hatchery on Channel Drive on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, have had lower returns this year according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists, even as fisheries in Bristol Bay are breaking records. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Chum salmon, like the kind seen here as a man examines the fish ladder at the Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc. hatchery on Channel Drive on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, have had lower returns this year according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists, even as fisheries in Bristol Bay are breaking records. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File 
Coeur Alaska will likely be able to expand their facilities at the Kensington Gold Mine including the Tailing Treatment Facility, seen here in this October 2019 photo, after the U.S. Forest Service announced it intends to approve the company’s proposal to extend the mine’s life by 10 years. Operations were expected to end in 2023 under a plan approved in 2005.
Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File 
Coeur Alaska will likely be able to expand their facilities at the Kensington Gold Mine including the Tailing Treatment Facility, seen here in this October 2019 photo, after the U.S. Forest Service announced it intends to approve the company’s proposal to extend the mine’s life by 10 years. Operations were expected to end in 2023 under a plan approved in 2005.
Survey shows Southeast business owners at odds with Dunleavy budget
Survey shows Southeast business owners at odds with Dunleavy budget
Myrna Gardner, tribal partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Alaska’s low census response rate is costing the state millions every year during a presentation at Southeast Housing Summit, Thursday, March 14, 2019. *Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Myrna Gardner, tribal partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Alaska’s low census response rate is costing the state millions every year during a presentation at Southeast Housing Summit, Thursday, March 14, 2019. *Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Opinion: Job losses are personal. I should know.

Opinion: Job losses are personal. I should know.

I’m preparing to tell you something very personal and intensely painful.

Opinion: Job losses are personal. I should know.
Opinion: Taxes are the only way to boost Alaska’s economy

Opinion: Taxes are the only way to boost Alaska’s economy

The state needs a new revenue stream.

Opinion: Taxes are the only way to boost Alaska’s economy
Opinion: Pulp fiction won’t grow the economy

Opinion: Pulp fiction won’t grow the economy

It’s an elaborate cover on top of a cheap fantasy.

Opinion: Pulp fiction won’t grow the economy
Opinion: Build Alaska’s economy on the strengths of its university system
Opinion: Build Alaska’s economy on the strengths of its university system
Opinion: Investment is the only way to achieve growth and stability

Opinion: Investment is the only way to achieve growth and stability

Cutting projects and jobs has never built a society.

Opinion: Investment is the only way to achieve growth and stability
Alaska Air Group plans to add 3,000 jobs this year

Alaska Air Group plans to add 3,000 jobs this year

Most of the openings will not require previous airline experience.

Alaska Air Group plans to add 3,000 jobs this year
Chuck Wimberly, President & CEO of Goldbelt Inc., speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during its weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Chuck Wimberly, President & CEO of Goldbelt Inc., speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during its weekly luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Meilani Schijvens, Director of Rain Coast Data, speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about Juneau ecomony at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

State jobs, population projected to keep falling in Juneau

A silver lining was that jobs and earnings increased in Southeast.

Meilani Schijvens, Director of Rain Coast Data, speaks to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about Juneau ecomony at the Moose Lodge on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Maria Covarrubian, right, Maddie Simbirdi, center, and Kourtney Howard wait to direct cruise ship passengers to their excursions downtown on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Young adults become largest group in town

Juneau’s overall population is still getting older, but young adults are now the largest group in town. People ages 20-39 made up the largest group… Continue reading

Maria Covarrubian, right, Maddie Simbirdi, center, and Kourtney Howard wait to direct cruise ship passengers to their excursions downtown on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)