Prince Rupert Mayor Travels to Alaska Hoping to Preserve State Ferry Service to City

John Crawford
09/18/2019

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain is in Juneau, Alaska, this week, hoping to find a way to ensure the Alaska Marine Highway System continues to stop in Prince Rupert.

The service is scheduled to end permanently on October 1st, due to a new US Customs requirement to have armed Canadian police onsite for customs pre-clearance -- something Brain says neither the Alaskans nor Prince Rupert can afford.

He's hoping to discuss a possible workaround with state officials.

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[PHOTO:   Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain poses for selfie in Juneau, Alaska, ahead of meetings with state officials -- Lee Brain/Facebook]

Meantime, the borough assembly in Ketchikan Alaska is pleading with senior governments to resolve the issue.

KRBD Radio quotes Ketchikan Assemblywoman Judith McQuerry as saying the community is concerned with losing Southeast Alaska’s only link with the North American road system.

Ketchikan’s state representative, Dan Ortiz, who recently met with city and other officials in Prince Rupert, says he remains hopeful.

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[PHOTO:   Alaska State Rep Dan Ortiz, Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain at Prince Rupert Council Chambers -- Dan Ortiz/Facebook
  

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