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Tiernan2012

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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 2:24:08 PM

Free to a good home: One high-powered, state-of-the-art icebreaking commuter ferry.

Alaska's Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the local government for the region north of Anchorage, is seeking takers for a sophisticated vessel bestowed on it three years ago but which has never been put to its intended use.

The M/V Sustina, an $80-million, Navy-funded prototype, is docked 800 miles southeast of the borough in Ketchikan, the city where it was built and christened.

The ship, obtained with the help of the late Senator Ted Stevens, was intended to be a precursor to the Knik Arm Bridge, a controversial project that would link Port Mackenzie, near Wasilla, to downtown Anchorage...
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CityCouponer
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 2:39:49 AM

From the folks who brought you the bridge to nowhere...
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335d1
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:27:58 PM

Send it further North to Dead Horse, AK. Commuter boat between it and Prudhoe Bay.
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:27:43 PM

Put it on ebay.
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dbellie
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 9:52:53 AM

sounds like a boat to nowhere in the same arena as the bridge to nowhere
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MINIWINI598
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 3:07:00 AM

Interesting...
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Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 1:29:05 AM

Send it to Michigan, lots of ice to break here.
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Jayburt
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 1:03:44 AM

Nice, struggling to pay basic bills and then you read about this...$80 mil wasted
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:15:48 AM

gs?
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:11:01 AM


No WalkingWV, the article notes it is 195 feet long. That was a bad meter conversion in parenthesis. Knowing Stevens, he may have been trying to outdo Texas on boasting rights!

It might look much better in your biased white tub doekiller.

Excellent point nsdp!
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BobBG
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 10:58:56 PM

TednStevens was the Republican pork master.
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LostInNY
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 10:12:32 PM

that's what happen to all the pork in appropriations...wasting US taxpayer dollars!
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:28:49 PM

I say the Feds buy it and call it Navy One and from now on any time Mrs. Obama and Mr. O wants to take another vacation they travel to and from the destination on Navy One.
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nsdp
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:19:39 PM

This is too logical for Gov. Perry but two of the Galveston to Point Bolivar ferries need replacing. Free is a nice price.
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knutzAL
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:46:07 PM

what?
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PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:30:26 PM

Definition of Politician (BIG SPENDER)
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WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:20:58 PM

Article says the ship is 310km long, or 192.6 miles.
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JDchefF
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:17:09 PM

Nice waste of tax payer money. Hope it can be put to good use somewhere else.
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:09:05 PM

Come on Mayor Bell, put that in your Chinese marina district.
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doggod
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:07:10 PM

Another lesson in the folly of letting politicians loose with money.

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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:28:28 PM

warning, from the end of this article:

"Matanuska-Susitna will be accepting bids for the Susitna through March 29.

Meanwhile, the Knik Arm Bridge remains a project on the drawing boards. The bridge was one of two in Alaska that received congressional earmarks in 2005 - later rescinded.

An agency created by the state, the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, is seeking private funding for the bridge. The most recent official cost estimate for the first phase of construction is $706 million, according to the authority."

Seems these monsters of the good old 'earmark' days take on a life of their own, even after a wooden stake through the heart!
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:28:16 PM

the great lakes could really use this right now
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:22:03 PM


One more piece of political lard from Senator Stevens' legacy of largesse. Now it is a Ferry to Nowhere!!! The revelations of this old goat's largesse will continue for the next decade as we learn about his hidden projects at Elmendorf, Eielson, Sparvohn, and Clear AFBs, and other little known to unknown military bases and posts in Alaska

Rather than giving it away to some South American dictator or the Soviets, sink it off the Florida Keys to create a great reef and marine sanctuary, the most expensive one in the world! Perhaps Royal Dutch Shell may offer $500 million while they continue their Arctic exploration binge.
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SammyAdams
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:45:02 PM

From the article: "Its reinforced hull can power through ice, and blade-like "ice knives" were designed to break up chunks that might be sucked into the engine."

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I can think of one of our islands here that could use a new ferry, but not sure that we need one with blade-like "ice knives" as we are experiencing (as I have been told) "global warming" here in Florida.
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whatif81
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:30:05 PM

wasted money
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ddor
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:22:41 PM

wonderful ,tax dollars at hard work
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txequitygas
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 2:51:37 PM

I am glad our ferries don't cost $3 million a year to run.. That does make it better to have all drive 75 miles each way..
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msf1527
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 2:41:33 PM

Wow
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bullfrog42
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 2:40:54 PM

Waste of taxpayer money
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 2:29:53 PM

Our tax dollars at work
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