SITKA, ALASKA As Gov. Sean Parnell spoke in Sitka on Wednesday afternoon, the ferry Matanuska sat docked in Sitka, awaiting the arrival of a part from Sweden. The Matanuska began experiencing problems over the weekend, and officials were hopeful it could get underway Wednesday night. The vessel is more than 45 years old. Parnell said his office is asking the legislature to authorize 60 million dollars toward construction of the new Alaska class ferry. He talked about that, and a host of other issues affecting Southeast Alaska during an interview with Raven News.
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