Stutes: Your voices are having an effect

Dear Friends and Neighbors,As last Friday, the deadline for overriding the governor’s vetoes, has come and gone, I wanted to provide...

That $5M veto was funding of your ferry service

"Along with all of you, I was extremely disappointed that Governor Dunleavy chose to veto the additional $5 million I had secured for the Alaska Marine Highway System," writes Rep. Louise Stutes.
A lifebuoy aboard the M/V Aurora. (Sept. 19, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Legislative Update: Ferry service is not simply a ‘convenience’

The state administration has utterly failed to grasp the significance of ferry service to rural Alaskans, writes Rep. Louise Stutes.
Brian Wildrick, owner of Harborside Pizza, addresses the Alaska Department of Transportation in a teleconference. The meeting, held Monday, July 29, heard feedback on a proposed ferry schedule including a seven-month service gap to Prince William Sound.

Legislative Update: Dunleavy budget flat funds state services

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has made no major cuts to the state budget for the coming fiscal year. This is clear evidence that public outcry against Dunleavy's policies has had an effect, writes Rep. Louise Stutes.
A lifebuoy aboard the M/V Aurora. (Sept. 19, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Legislative Update: Alaska Municipal League offers solid support for AMHS

Increasing the operating budget of the Alaska Marine Highway System is a top priority, writes Rep. Louise Stutes.
Aboard the M/V Aurora. (Sept. 19, 2019)

Legislative Update: $18.7M back in ferry budget process

Residents are invited to testify on the issue of ferry service at the Cordova Legislative Information Office from 7-8 p.m this evening.

COVID-19, oil prices put Alaska in uncharted waters

These truly are unprecedented times. The impacts of COVID-19 on Alaska’s health and economy are far reaching and uncertainty seems to be the only constant. Further, we find ourselves in uncharted territory as the price of oil hovers around $10 per barrel.
The Alaska State Capitol Building. (Aug. 31, 2010) Photo courtesy of Jay Galvin/Wikimedia Commons

Legislative Update: LB&A approves $125 M in federal relief funding

The Alaska Legislature has recently approved packages of COVID-19 relief funding and unemployment insurance benefits.

Promising news on pink salmon disaster relief funds

As the season is either underway or close at hand for many of you, I wanted to provide a short update about where we are with the 2016 pink salmon disaster relief funding.
Photo courtesy of David Mark/Pixabay

Legislative Update: Apply now for seafood relief program, and look to CARES relief coming

There is newly available federal funding for fishermen negatively impacted by retaliatory tariffs the past few years. STRP, previously in place for lobstermen, was expanded on Sept. 14 to include Dungeness, king, snow and Tanner crab, as well as geoducks, herring, pacific cod, pollock, black cod, salmon, squid and tuna.


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Inmate back in custody after jail break

The man who escaped from jail in Cordova on Sunday has been located and brought back into custody, according to an announcement...
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