state's Marine Transportation Advisory Board is recommending increased ferry
service to southwest Alaska
from Kodiak to Unalaska. Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference leaders met with
the board on Monday, and urged the board to increase service to the region from
once to twice a month during the summer.
ferry route, which stops in villages like Chignik and Sand Point, helps connect
local villages and increase commerce in the region. The advisory board makes
non-binding recommendations to the state and the Alaska Marine Highway System
on issues related to the state ferry system. During the meeting board chair
Cathie Roemich wrote a recommendation that would help people in the southwest
without cutting service to the southeast.
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only town that might be negatively affected by the change is Port Lions
on Kodiak Island. The schedule change is dependent on the
state's budget. Governor Palin will release her proposed fiscal year
budget on December 15. She says it will be tighter than previous years
of lower oil prices. However, the lower fuel prices might help the
because it will make it cheaper to operate.
advisory board suggests that people who are interested in increased service to
the region should write letters to the ferry system, local legislators, and the