Transportation

2024 summer ferry schedule features several vessels out of service leaving some coastal Alaskans high and dry

For the second summer in a row, ferry trips across the Gulf of Alaska likely won’t happen. The Alaska Marine Highway System is cutting back summer service, based on its schedule released last month on Jan. 18. AS KMXT’s Davis Hovey reports, ongoing staffing issues and overdue maintenance are making reliable service unpredictable for dozens of coastal communities, including Kodiak. …

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Kodiak schools delayed two-hours due to icy road conditions

Due to icy road conditions, Kodiak school buses will be running two-hours behind schedule this morning. All schools on the road system will begin two hours late today. This does not effect rural schools. Additionally, morning preschool classes are canceled today. In an automated phone call, the Kodiak Island Borough School District said the delay also applies to staff. Drive …

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“Trusty Tusty” is offline for repairs for up to a week

The Tustumena, a ferry that shuttles passengers between communities like Homer, Kodiak, and Unalaska, is laid up in a shipyard in Seward for repairs.  “(It’s) not something that we can fix while it’s in the water,” said Sam Dapcevich, a public information officer for the Alaska Marine Highway System. “So they’re going to haul it out in Seward and evaluate …

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NTSB investigates mid-air collision over Katmai National Park

A de Havilland Beaver operated by Alaska’s Enchanted Lake Lodge Inc. and a Bell 206L-4 helicopter operated by Maritime Helicopters collided in mid-air over Katmai National Park during Labor Day Weekend. The plane’s pilot and passengers reported no injuries, but the helicopter’s pilot was injured in the crash.  The accident took place at about 4:30 p.m. on Monday, near Lake …

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M/V Tustumena to return to service after an extended stop in Homer due to staffing shortage

The M/V Tustumena docked in Kodiak. It’s the smaller of two ferries that service Kodiak Island. (Photo by Kavitha George/KMXT) Listen to this story; The M/V Tustumena had been in service for less than two weeks when it docked in Homer on July 26. According to an Alaska Department of Transportation press release, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry had …

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Weekend plane crash investigation proceeds; no mayday or pan-pan reported

Investigators say they still don’t know what caused a single-engine plane to crash after takeoff in Kodiak, killing its pilot.  The National Transportation Safety Board is combing through evidence from last Sunday’s crash near the Kodiak Municipal airport. The NTSB’s Clint Johnson says the wrecked kit Wag-Aero 2+2 craft was reassembled in a hangar, and investigators are examining the engine …

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Canada might loosen border in early July; no word yet on ending recreational travel ban

June 10, 2021 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Canada’s federal government is considering how to begin loosening its COVID-19 border restrictions, but it seems likely that the ban on letting Americans cross for nonessential travel will continue past June 21, when the current rules expire. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke this week of taking a phased approach. Phase one doesn’t much …

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Rental car shortage forcing some to reconsider Alaska trips

May 17, 2021 by Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media Alaska is expecting to see a lot of travelers this summer — especially compared to last year. Cheapwheels Rent-A-Car. (Abbey Collins/Alaska Public Media) As COVID-19 restrictions still bar large cruise ships from Alaska waters, most visitors are expected to come by plane — which means many are looking for rental cars. The demand …

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Unanimous ferry reform bill prompts constitutional challenge from Alaska’s governor

by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska A ferry reform bill passed the Alaska House of Representatives 37-0 on Wednesday, with no objections from the floor. But Gov. Mike Dunleavy believes the bill violates the separation of powers clause in the Alaska Constitution. House Bill 63 would create an Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board, which would craft short- and long-term planning for Alaska’s ferry …

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NTSB: Cessna piloted by Kodiak man ran out of fuel between Ketchikan and Port Angeles in fatal crash

February 19, 2021 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska The NTSB says a review of the radar data revealed that the plan was on a southerly track, reaching the edge of the northly land mass at 4:34 p.m. local time. The radar hits continued south at an altitude of about 1,200 ft. About four minutes later, the plane reversed course and heading north-northeast. (Image …

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