An Alaska state flag blows in the wind at the Robert B. Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska.
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These are tough times in Skagway, Alaska, population 1,183.
“We’re in hard-core survival mode,” Mayor Andrew Cremata told CNBC.
In a normal summer, the Southeast Alaska town would be teeming with tourists from the cruise ships sailing the Inside Passage. Residents could drive 15 miles up the Yukon Highway into Canada to run their basic errands, or they could hop on a state-run ferry to the next town over, Haines.
But this year, the cruise ships have just started running again. Cremata is hoping Skagway will see 100,000 passengers this year; in 2019 they had 1.1…