FULL HOUSE – The main hall at Harrigan Centennial Hall is packed for the first day of the Southeast Conference Wednesday. At the conclusion of the conference, state Rep. Dan Ortiz, Ketchikan independent; Rep. Sara Hannan, Juneau Democrat; and Sen. Jesse Kiehl, Juneau Democrat, spoke about the need to protect school and ferry systems from further budget reductions.  (Sentinel Photo)

Alaska to End Ferry Stops at Prince Rupert

    JUNEAU (AP) — The state of Alaska says it’s ending ferry service to and from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, effective Oct. 1, citing an inability to comply with U.S. security requirements.
    The state transportation department says U.S. Customs and Border Protection is requiring that the ferry system secure a Canadian law enforcement presence to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel while they perform their duties in Prince Rupert.
    The department says it had been granted a waiver of that requirement through Sept. 30.
    Meadow Bailey, a department spokeswoman, says the Royal Canadian Mounted Police did not have resources to help. An email seeking comment was sent to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokeswoman.
    Bailey says if requirements change, or Canadian law enforcement becomes available, the state can consider returning service to Prince Rupert.   

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