Safety is a major part of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) mission. It is a consideration in every construction project we develop, and it is a factor in all of our maintenance actions.
Earlier this week, Hoonah had a fire in its ambulance during a training exercise. Thorne Bay blew a rod in the engine of its ambulance en route to a patient.
Nothing pains me more than seeing large organizations play the role of David in an effort to make their opponents seem the Goliath.
I was astonished to read Malcolm Menzies' diatribe against the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.
Halter Marine of Gulfport, Miss., filed a claim in April that the state had the company build a much more expensive ship than the $77 million vessel Halter thought it was agreeing to build.
The Alaska Marine Highway System must change to survive. The recent public interest in the plans for new, higher-speed shuttle ferries provides me a great opportunity to present some facts on what we consider a fresh approach to ferry travel.
The ferry system is also spending more money on reservations and terminal staff to contact passengers about changing reservations because the Columbia is out of service.
The bill came in too late and it's not valid, anyway.
Fixing the boat is just one of the costs the Alaska Marine Highway System faces after a June 6 fire aboard the ferry Columbia.
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