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Alaska governor takes aim at cruise ship monitoring program

JUNEAU, Alaska — A program that monitors Alaska’s cruise ships could be restructured by the governor’s administration.

CoastAlaska reported Thursday that the future is uncertain for the Ocean Rangers program.

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed line items equaling $444 million in reductions to Alaska’s operating budget in June.

The cuts blocked the Ocean Rangers budget, but the state Legislature restored the program’s $3.4 million in passenger fee funding.

The program was approved by voters in 2006 and advocates say the independent monitors have been instrumental in…

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