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State raises ferry rates starting Jan. 1

The Alaska Marine Highway System will raise most fares by 4.5 percent starting May 1, the Alaska Department of Transportation announced Thursday afternoon.Tickets booked after Jan. 1 for travel after May 1 will reflect the new rates...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-19/state-raises-ferry-rates-starting-jan-1
State | Local
Alaska ferry project caught in flap over US steel

...pushed to Jan. 6 to allow more time to reach a possible resolution.Reuben Yost, a deputy commissioner with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, said the department doesn't have experience with the kind of waiver Doer...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-18/alaska-ferry-project-caught-flap-over-u
State
Shipyard starts work on two new ferries

...official start of construction."This is a historical moment for Alaska," said Jeremy Woodrow, spokesman for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. "These will be the first state ferries ever built in the state of Alaska...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-14/shipyard-starts-work-two-new-ferries
State
State launches program to track firewood moisture

...document moisture content of firewood sold in neighborhoods regularly polluted by wood smoke.Officials from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, including state air quality program manager Cindy Heil, met with woodcutters Thursday...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-14/state-launches-program-track-firewood-m
State
My Turn: Suicide - an uncomfortable subject

...sponsored by the three Juneau Rotary Clubs, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the Juneau Suicide...survey of Juneau high school students conducted by Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, 15 percent had considered...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-11/my-turn-suicide-uncomfortable-subject
Opinion
Upper Cook Inlet sockeye harvest forecasted to beat 2014 numbers

...Cook Inlet fishermen should see a total run of 5.8 million sockeye during the 2015 fishing season.Of those, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates that about 2.1 million will make it past boats, beach nets, dipnets and individual...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-12/upper-cook-inlet-sockeye-harvest-for
Outdoors
My Turn: Bristol Bay salmon are in the spotlight, and rightly so

...year to a level not seen since 2000, with Bristol Bay comprising 98 percent of them. And, the cherry on top: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its extraordinary sockeye forecast for Bristol Bay's 2015 season. In it, the agency...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-12/my-turn-bristol-bay-salmon-are-spotli
Opinion
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for Dec. 15, 2014

...over half of the price the state estimates it needs to balance the budget without using reserves. Last week, the Alaska Department of Revenue released a report indicating it expects oil to remain in the $60 per-barrel range for at least a year...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-15/empire-editorial-thumbs-thumbs-down-d
Opinion
Annual pigeon dung problem grows across Fairbanks

...killed 13 people.Hunters and dog trainers introduced pigeons to Fairbanks, said Cathie Harms, spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The best way to deter them, she said, is to eliminate their food source."We are aware that...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-10/annual-pigeon-dung-problem-grows-across
State
Educator Spotlight: Elisabeth Hauser

...machine (with adult help) to make our own pillows. We also have ground wheat and corn, studied furs and skulls from Alaska Department of Fish and Game's educational outreach, made fish prints and dissected salmon, examined interesting insects...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2014-12-07/educator-spotlight-elisabeth-hauser
Neighbors

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