- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is preparing for a government shutdown that would stop all Alaska Marine Highway System ferries from running.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports (http://bit.ly/1eRsGqC ) a release from the agency says it is preparing to reduce ferry services statewide starting July 1 due to uncertainty in the state budget.

The Kennicott and Tustumena ferries serve the Kodiak area. They are two of the 11 ferries that will not provide passenger service if a shutdown occurs.

DOT spokesman, Jeremy Woodrow, says the department is still figuring out how long it would take to get the ferries back up and running after a potential shutdown.

The shutdown will also affect Alaska Marine Highway System employees as many of them will face layoffs.

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Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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