KODIAK, Alaska -

The partial shutdown of the federal government may keep a state ferry out of service even longer.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror (http://is.gd/i8BE2T) reports the Tustumena (tus-too-MEE'-nah) is in the water and scheduled to return to service in Kodiak on Oct. 20. It's been out of service for nearly a year amid problems.

But the U.S. Coast Guard must sign off on the ferry's return. To do that, it must pass computerized balance and stability tests.

But those must be conducted by Coast Guard personnel in Washington, D.C., where the office is short-staffed because of furloughs.

State transportation officials are optimistic the ship can pass the tests before Oct. 20.

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Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com