Author: Suzanne Ashe

New winter ferry schedule sees changes

JUNEAU – Skagway will see four ferries a week during much of the coming winter with service on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday. That’s an improvement over last year when lay-up of more ships reduced service to two or three calls a week. A planned replacement of the floating ferry dock in Skagway also has been postponed a year (more on that in a future issue). The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) last week announced the release of its 2016-17 winter schedule. Reservations are now available for booking at, by calling 1-800-642-0066, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. The AMHS winter schedule covers ferry travel from October 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Fare information is available at or from reservations agents. Release of the 2016-17 winter schedule followed a public comment period held in May and June. The comment period is an opportunity for communities and individuals to review and comment on the proposed schedule, and to make AMHS aware of significant community events. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities oversees 249 airports, 11 ferries serving 35 communities, 5,619 miles of highway and 720 public facilities throughout the state of Alaska. The mission of the department is to Keep Alaska Moving through service and...

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Skagway police blotter from Aug. 7 to 21, 2016

August 7 An officer responded to a woman reporting her dog had been taken from her husband’s vehicle and violently thrown to the ground. Charges are pending. A courtesy ride was provided to an intoxicated bar patron. A woman reported locking her keys inside her camper. Help was acquired for later in the day, but the woman found a spare set of keys. A man reported his wife missing on Broadway. They were reunited shortly after the call. SAR was dispatched to assist a stranded hiker near Lower Reid Falls.   August 8 Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a hillside home. Upon arrival it was determined to be coming from a fish smoker. A complaint for a speeding tour bus was received. Dispatch spoke with management who will address their drivers. A report of a rock slide near the incinerator was received. Police responded to a report of fireworks.   August 9 EMS assisted with a scheduled medevac. A woman and her lost purse were reunited. A report of a stolen bicycle was received. Several reports of an injured river otter were received. The appropriate authorities were notified and are monitoring the otter. A couple of French visitors were advised they could not camp on city streets.   August 10 Police assisted a motorist in unlocking her vehicle. A report of a stolen bicycle...

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Skagway residents come out to vote in the Primary Election

Hudson Gilliams, 3, helps his mom Kendra cast her ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Photography By Suzanne Ashe/The Skagway News. Today is Primary Election Day; the polls will be open until 8 p.m. The Skagway News will post election results after 9:30 tonight. Today’s ballot for the Republican Party will include Senator Lisa Murkowski and challengers Paul Kendall, Thomas Lamb, and Bob Lochner. Representative Don Young is being challenged by Gerald L. Heikes, Jesse J. “Messy” Tingley and Stephen T. Wright on the same ballot. Democratic and Libertarian party candidates are listed on the same ballot. Running for U.S....

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