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Gov’s Arctic advisor discusses climate change, subsistence regs at convention

Gov’s Arctic advisor discusses climate change, subsistence regs at convention

Alaska communities could better adjust to climate change if hunting and fishing rules become more flexible.

May 21, 2015
Critics question Sealaska finances

Critics question Sealaska finances

Could Sealaska make more money, pay higher dividends and make better use of its land? Yes, say some shareholders critical of the Southeast regional Native corporation’s management.

May 20, 2015

Conference to Focus on Traditional Knowledge, Resource Management

The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society meets in Juneau this week. Tribal and other government officials and staff will discuss climate change, subsistence, Arctic policy and dozens of other issues.

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May 18, 2015
Budget cuts sideline Taku ferry July-September

Budget cuts sideline Taku ferry July-September

Craig Renkert and his wife Barb planned a three-week tour of Southeast Alaska for this summer. They were looking forward to ferrying through the Inside Passage, celebrating the Fourth of July in Sitka and staying at bed-and-breakfasts along the way. Then, the couple from Ohio got some bad news.

May 13, 2015
AK, B.C. promise more input into mine decisions

AK, B.C. promise more input into mine decisions

The Walker-Mallott administration will include transboundary mine critics’ concerns in its negotiations with British Columbia. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott made that announcement after returning from a week of meetings with government, industry and aboriginal leaders in the nearby province.

May 13, 2015
Sealaska earnings up, but losses continue

Sealaska earnings up, but losses continue

The regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska upped its income by $50 million in 2014. Officials at Juneau-headquarteredSealaska say it’s the start of a multi-year recovery. But critics point to figures showing it’s still losing money.

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May 11, 2015

B.C. Promises Alaska A Larger Voice in Mine Permitting

British Columbia Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett proposes opening more of its permitting process to Alaska officials.

May 5, 2015
Byron Mallott: B.C. officials ‘sincere’ about safe mining

Byron Mallott: B.C. officials ‘sincere’ about safe mining

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says British Columbia officials seem “sincere” about protecting transboundary rivers near provincial mines.

May 5, 2015
Tlingit-Haida Pushes For Larger Tribal Role In U.N.

Tlingit-Haida Pushes For Larger Tribal Role In U.N.

Alaska’s largest tribal government has joined an international effort to boost Native influence in the United Nations. The Juneau-based Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska wants a larger forum to address its concerns.

May 5, 2015

Southeast Ferry Service Stalled by Engine Overhaul

Sitka and Juneau will lose a week of fast ferry sailings this month. The Chenega will return to Southeast service May 14th, a week later than scheduled.

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May 4, 2015
Public Broadcasting Budget Cut Almost 25 Percent

Public Broadcasting Budget Cut Almost 25 Percent

Alaska’s public broadcasters dodged a bullet when the legislature’s regular session ended Monday. House and Senate negotiators decided on a 23.5 percent budget reduction. A proposed cut more than twice that size could have forced at least five stations off the air. It also would have dramatically reduced programming at other outlets.

April 30, 2015
Gov. Walker Proposes Larger Ferry Budget

Gov. Walker Proposes Larger Ferry Budget

Gov. Bill Walker says the state ferry system needs more money to avoid “crippling cuts” during the next fiscal year.

April 29, 2015

Some Alaska Ferry Trips On The Chopping Block

More than 9,000 people are booked for Alaska Marine Highway sailings that will likely be cut due to budget reductions.

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April 9, 2015

Update: Hyder Border Closure Keeps Emergency Access

Canadian officials say the small Southeast Alaska town of Hyder will continue to have 24-hour-a-day access to emergency health care.

April 6, 2015

Hyder Residents Concerned Over Nightly Border Closure

Residents of the small Southeast Alaska town of Hyder no longer have nighttime access to emergency medical care. Canadian officials began closing the road linking Hyder with nearby Stewart, British Columbia, on April 1.

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April 3, 2015
USFS Celebrates Big Thorne Decision As Environmental Groups Weight Options

USFS Celebrates Big Thorne Decision As Environmental Groups Weight Options

The U.S. Forest Service says a Friday court decision allowing a timber sale will help speed changes in Tongass National Forest logging. But opponents say it will damage other Southeast Alaska industries.

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March 23, 2015
Three ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Alaska Ferry Rates Rising For Commercial Customers

You’ve probably heard that state ferry fares are going up in May. The Alaska Marine Highway System also plans to increase commercial rates later this year.

March 23, 2015

Campbell To Serve as Interim Director of DOT Southcoast Region

A Department of Transportation insider is the new manager of the agency’s division overseeing Southeast Alaska. Commissioner Marc Luiken on Tuesday announced Rob Campbell will fill in as interim director of DOT’s Southcoast Region. That includes Southeast, plus coastal Southcentral and Southwest Alaska. Campbell already directs the department’s Central Region, which includes Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

March 19, 2015

Rupert Delegation Lobbying for Continued Connections

Prince Rupert leaders are in Juneau this week to lobby for continued connections with Southeast Alaska. Budget cuts threaten to reduce state ferry sailings to and from the British Columbia port city. And policy differences have blocked construction of a new ferry terminal there. Rupert Mayor Lee Brain says the marine highway link helps economies on both sides of the border.

March 17, 2015
A Celebrity Cruise Line ship sails into Juneau in 2012 with emissions coming out of its stack. New pollution-control equipment being installed on Alaska-bound and other ships will reduce the emissions plume. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News-Juneau)

“Scrubbers” to Cut Cruise Ship Pollution

Cruise lines that sail Alaska waters are installing new pollution-control equipment. It’s aimed at clearing the air — and meeting new regulations. But it’s also dodging some stronger, more expensive measures. The stuff that comes out of cruise ship smokestacks can cloud the air, leaving a haze over port cities, and plumes along their routes.

March 16, 2015