What will happen to the Alaska Marine Highway?

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Imagine waking up one morning to find out that the lone highway in and out of your community has been shut down. For many folks living in Alaska, this scary scenario recently became a reality. In 2019, the Alaska Marine Highway System limited or shut down services to many remote communities after legislative budget cuts, equipment failures, and a workers’ strike threatened to ground the ships that remain a lifeline for areas off the road system like Kake and Sitka and Kodiak.

Add to those woes the pandemic of 2020, and you have a major transportation problem in a state covering an area more than twice the size of

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