JOSHUA BERLINGER

Ferries lose naturalists to budget cuts

JUNEAU — As the sun creeps into the sleeping quarters of the Tustumena, passengers who take a second to look out the window wake up to volcanic topography, sky blue lakes and wildlife that looks extraterrestrial even to most Alaskans.

That ethereal experience only lasts a few seconds; the berth’s stripped-down bunk beds and dreary wallpaper quickly remind passengers they are sailing on a ferry that is almost 50 years old.

Lawmakers consider options for derelict vessels

JUNEAU -- Alaska's derelict and abandoned boats and ships may appear to be little more than an eyesore, but insufficient mechanisms to monitor and clean them up could lead to an environmental disaster, costing the state millions of dollars in the long run.

A state lawmaker has proposed a measure to address the problem affecting much of Alaska's massive coastline, especially the far-flung harbors.

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