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The million-plus cruise passengers that arrived to Alaska via the Inside Passage accounted for more than half of the total visitors to the state in most pre-pandemic years. The prospect of a second summer without those visitors — and the money they spend — has generated strong words from the state’s politicians but little progress to-date towards a solution.

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The general managers and CEOs of the Chugach, Golden Valley, Homer and Matanuska electric associations along with Seward’s utility director wrote to the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in a March 29 letter to ask lawmakers for another year to hash out the regulations needed to stand up a new grid planning organization they’ve dubbed the Railbelt Reliability Council, or RRC.