- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The state of Alaska trying to unload a 350-foot ferry it no longer needs.

The state transportation department is offering the Taku at no cost to local governments or other state agencies in Alaska that might want it for a public purpose. Statements of interest are due Feb. 21.

If there’s no interest, department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey says there will be a public sale.

Bailey there’s no dollar figure attached to the Taku yet. If there’s a sale, Bailey says there may be a minimum bid as part of that process, but that remains to be worked out.

The department, like other state agencies, has faced cuts in recent years amid a multibillion-dollar state budget deficit.

Bailey says other ships have been laid up to save money.

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