Lawmakers Scramble as Coastal Management Program Begins Shutdown

The shutdown of Alaska’s Coastal Management Program is underway, even as some lawmakers continue to work behind the scenes to save it.

Employees with the Division of Coastal and Ocean Management received layoff notices on Thursday. That followed letters on Tuesday to coastal districts and state agencies that participate in the program, informing them their federal grants had been terminated.

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Casey Kelly is a reporter at KTOO in Juneau.

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