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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

Tongass Fire Warning Rescinded

The risk of fires in Southeast’s Tongass National Forest has dropped. A warning was issued last week as warm, sunny weather dried out grass and underbrush.

May 13, 2014
Mallott Leaving Sealaska To Focus On Campaign

Mallott Leaving Sealaska To Focus On Campaign

Bryon Mallott will leave Sealaska’s board of directors next month to spend more time campaigning for governor. He’s served on the Juneau-based regional Native corporation’s governing body – or been its CEO – since 1972.

May 6, 2014
Peggy Wilson Ending Long Legislative Career

Peggy Wilson Ending Long Legislative Career

One of Southeast’s longest-serving lawmakers is retiring. Peggy Wilson says she will not seek re-election to her Wrangell-based House district.

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May 1, 2014

Sealaska Spring Dividends Reflect Zero Corporate Earnings

Sealaska Corp. does not appear to be making much – if any – money. The regional Native corporation’s spring distribution to shareholders, which is basically a dividend, includes no corporate revenues.

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April 7, 2014
Sealaska Dividends Include No Corporate Earnings

Sealaska Dividends Include No Corporate Earnings

The spring dividend for most Sealaska shareholders will be $721, but some will receive less than a tenth of that amount.

April 4, 2014
Court: Reinstate Tongass Roadless Rule Exemption

Court: Reinstate Tongass Roadless Rule Exemption

A federal appeals court issued an opinion today saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

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March 26, 2014
The Niblack, shown above, and the Bokan-Dotson mines would get financing help from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority under Senate Bill 99. (Heatherdale Resources image)

Bill Would Help Fund Two Southeast Mines

Two Southeast Alaska mines could get close to $300 million in state support under a bill moving through the Legislature.

March 24, 2014
Ketchikan-POW Ferry Aids Seafood, Retail, Tourism

Ketchikan-POW Ferry Aids Seafood, Retail, Tourism

A small southern Southeast Alaska ferry line is of large value to the region’s economy. That’s according to a new report studying the Inter-Island Ferry Authority.

March 12, 2014
Yakutat Power's Scott Newlun checks a reading on a monitor at the power plant. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau.

AK: Wave Energy

The northern Southeast city of Yakutat is gearing up for a wave-energy experiment. If it’s a success, the community of about 650 residents could lower its high, diesel-fueled power costs. The system could also be a model for some other isolated Alaska cities.

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March 7, 2014
A humpback prepares to dive in lower Cook Inlet. The state wants to take the whales off the Endangered Species List. Photo by DeWaine Tollefsrud, Creative Commons.

Should Humpbacks Lose Endangered Status?

State officials want the federal government to remove some protections for Southeast and Southcentral humpback whales. But a noted researcher says it’s too early to do that.

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March 4, 2014
Senate OKs Medevac Memberships

Senate OKs Medevac Memberships

Legislation allowing a popular air-ambulance service’s membership program to resume coverage passed the state Senate on Friday.

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February 28, 2014

Measure Calls For Tongass Timber Transfer

Legislation urging the state to take over some Tongass National Forest lands is bringing questions and opposition. Sitka Republican Senator Bert Stedman’s resolution calls for the governor to seek transfer of Tongass timberlands.

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February 24, 2014

AFN Asks For Help in Voting-rights Campaign

Alaska’s largest Native organization is challenging a Southeast group to lead the regional campaign to regain federal voting-rights protections.

February 17, 2014
Rep. Bill Thomas answers a question as Rep. Beth Kerttula listens during a 2011 form at Juneau’s Centennial Hall. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News.

Bill Thomas Considers Kerttula’s House Seat

Former Haines Representative Bill Thomas is considering a run for the House seat being vacated by Juneau’s Beth Kerttula. But he’s more likely to take on Juneau Senator Dennis Egan.

January 24, 2014
Panel Will Target Tongass Plan Rewrite, Timber Transition

Panel Will Target Tongass Plan Rewrite, Timber Transition

The Forest Service is setting up an advisory board to help rewrite the Tongass National Forest’s management plan. It’s somewhat similar to another panel that shut down last year without completing its work.

January 20, 2014

Stedman Says Hydro Funds Tight, Otter Bill Will Change

Sitka Senator Bert Stedman says he’ll continue pursuing legislation to aid sea otter hunters. But this year, it will be different.

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January 16, 2014
The roof of Kasaan’s Chief Son-i-Hat House, also known as the Whale House, is covered by a tarp during repair work. (Organized Village of Kasaan.)

Grant Advances Kasaan Longhouse Repairs

A nearly-half-million-dollar grant will speed restoration of Alaska’s oldest Haida longhouse. The structure was first built 130 years ago.

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January 14, 2014
Scholarships Offered To Sealaska Shareholders

Scholarships Offered To Sealaska Shareholders

The Sealaska Heritage Institute is once again offering scholarships to students attending college, graduate school or vocational-technical programs. Only Sealaska shareholders and their lineal descendents are eligible.

January 7, 2014

Medevac System Undergoing Changes

If you get sick – really sick – there’s a good chance you’ll end up on a flight out of town. Medical evacuations, called “medevacs,” are taking more and more Alaskans to in-state and Lower 48 critical-care facilities. But the medevac system is undergoing changes, with new aircraft, more competition and a shift in patients’ needs.

January 6, 2014
AK: Ancient Shorelines

AK: Ancient Shorelines

Most of us like to know something about our family history. And we might want to get some idea of who was here before us.

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December 13, 2013