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Thu Jun 15, 2017, 05:57 AM

Barring budget fix, Alaska Marine Highway System will shut down July 1

If Alaska’s state government shuts down on July 1, the Alaska Marine Highway System will shut down with it, and Nevette Bowen will have to find a new way to get to work.

For the past 25 years, she has split time between fishing in Petersburg and fishing in Yakutat. On a cold and gray Tuesday morning, she sat in her truck, waiting to board the ferry Kennicott from Juneau to Yakutat and another round of fish.

“I don’t want to miss this! I’ve been here since 6 this morning,” she said.

If the ferry system shuts down, she’ll be in the same boat as many Southeast Alaskans: They’ll all be looking for one.

Read more: http://juneauempire.com/news/2017-06-14/barring-budget-fix-alaska-marine-highway-system-will-shut-down-july-1

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