The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. (July 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Ferry system still short of hiring target for summer schedule

Alaska ferry system and Department of Transportation officials plan to gather this week in Ketchikan to consider options for fulfilling the advertised summer schedule amid a continuing shortage of onboard crew.
The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. (July 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

House speaker questions ferry system’s hiring expectations

State Transportation Department officials last week told legislators the ferry system needed to quickly hire at least 166 new crew in order to meet minimum staffing levels for this summer’s schedule starting in May.

State will provide financial aid for homeowners hurt by pandemic

Alaska’s state housing agency has distributed more than $243 million in financial aid the past year to help renters hurt economically by the pandemic and will soon embark on a $50 million federally funded program to help homeowners, too.

Navy: More space needed to maneuver during Northern Edge

U.S. Navy officials seeking more space for maneuvering vessels and aircraft during Northern Edge training exercises in Alaska say they are preparing a supplemental environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement.

Coastal legislators dislike governor’s spending plan for ferries

Though they say the level of funding for the state ferry system in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is adequate, coastal legislators don’t like that the governor wants to use one-time federal money to pay the bills, eliminating almost 95% of state funding.

Coast Guard wraps up initiative in Arctic, Western Alaska

2021 marked a milestone for the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Task Force initiative in Alaska. MSTF teams operated with new partners, visited more communities, and strengthened relationships in the Arctic and Western portions of Alaska, due to unprecedented planning, action and support.

Committee formed to defend state’s current constitution

A committee of eight co-chairs with a broad spectrum of political views has formed to defend Alaska’s constitution and educate voters on the costs and impact of residents of approving a constitutional convention.

New ocean-class vessel to replace Tustumena ferry in 2027

A new federally financed ocean-class ferry with increased vehicle and passenger capacity is now on the map for potential delivery in 2027 to replace the aging 57-year-old Tustumena for service within the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Coast Guard rescues puppy lost after vessel grounding

An 8-month-old puppy named Grace, presumed lost after her owner’s vessel ran aground, was rescued by a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew.

Pratt Museum exhibits works by famed Inupiat artist

It’s not his first solo show at Homer’s Pratt Museum, but for aficionados of the work of sculptor, silversmith and woodcarver Ron Senungetuk it’s significant to see the cumulative impact of 55 years of the internationally renowned artist’s work.

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Law & Order: June 13-19

The following is a summary of incidences that occurred or were reported to the Cordova Police Department June 13 through June 19, 2022. Defendant(s) are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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