State asks federal Appeals Court to reconsider ruling on Juneau road access project

ANCHORAGE — The state of Alaska is appealing a federal court ruling that concluded a plan to extend a road north of Juneau was flawed.

Federal District Court Judge John Sedwick in 2009 ruled that the state failed to adequately consider the use of ferries rather than a road to near Skagway, where ferry shuttles would take passengers and vehicles the rest of the way to Skagway and Haines.

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel last month agreed with Sedwick.

KINY-AM reports the state is asking the Appeals Court to reconsider.

The state contends that using ferries to serve Lynn Canal between Skagway, Haines and Juneau would have required taking ferry service away from other communities.


Ketchikan theater named for Elizabeth Peratrovich

KETCHIKAN — Elizabeth Peratrovich’s name now stands over the theater in the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, placed there by the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood and revealed in an emotional ceremony on Thursday.

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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.

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Kenai Peninsula pot businesses may add $5M boost to economy

KENAI — With several marijuana businesses up and running on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, industry estimates show the businesses could contribute $5.3 million annually to the local economy.

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