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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
State Tells Medevac Payment Program To Drop Alaska Members

State Tells Medevac Payment Program To Drop Alaska Members

The state has ordered a Seattle-based medevac insurance program to end coverage in Alaska. Airlift Northwest’s AirCare program fills the gap between air ambulance charges and what health insurance pays.

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November 26, 2013

Sealaska Dividends Total Close to $12 million

Most Sealaska shareholders will get a $713 check or direct deposit in about two weeks.This year’s winter distribution to stockholders totals $11.7 million.

November 25, 2013
Sealaska CEO Lobbies Obama on Subsistance, 8(a) Contracts

Sealaska CEO Lobbies Obama on Subsistance, 8(a) Contracts

Chris McNeil Jr. is president and chief executive officer for Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast. He and 11 tribal leaders from around the country met with the president to talk about creating jobs and sustainable economic development.

November 21, 2013
Tree Dates Eruption That Spewed Ash Across Southeast

Tree Dates Eruption That Spewed Ash Across Southeast

We recently had a story of an ancient, charcoal tree found beneath a pile of ash near Sitka. Scientists hoped tests would help them better understand the area’s rich volcanic history and the results are in.

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November 12, 2013
Clan leaders wear traditional regalia during the 2012 Clan Conference in Sitka. Photo courtesy of Peter Metcalfe.

Tlingit Clan Conference Focuses On Language

Scholars and culture-bearers gather in Juneau this week for a clan conference focusing on Tlingit knowledge and traditions. It runs Wednesday night through Sunday morning at the capital city’s Centennial Hall.

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November 6, 2013
Tree Buried By Volcanic Eruption Could Reveal Seismic Secrets

Tree Buried By Volcanic Eruption Could Reveal Seismic Secrets

You probably already know about mountain ash trees. They’re all over Southeast, known for their red berries that attract flocks of birds. Here’s a story about a different kind of ash tree, one recently discovered in a big pile of volcanic debris.

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November 4, 2013
Trees start to grow back in a clearcut area on Admiralty Island, as seen from a float plane. A new study says second-growth timber can replace old growth within five years. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau.

Can Logging Switch To Second-Growth Sooner?

Can Southeast’s timber industry survive while only logging second-growth forests? An Oregon research group says it can. And it could happen sooner than many expect.

October 30, 2013
Shellfish Poisonings Sicken Two Sitkans

Shellfish Poisonings Sicken Two Sitkans

Two Sitkans suffered symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning after eating clams harvested in the Starrigavan Creek area, not far from the community’s ferry terminal.

October 28, 2013
United Fishermen Take On Legislation, Appointments

United Fishermen Take On Legislation, Appointments

The United Fishermen of Alaska’s Board of Directors is meeting in Sitka this week. President Jerry McCune says the board will work on priorities for legislative and government-agency action.

October 24, 2013

Two Sitka Dogs Die From Mystery Poison

A Sitka veterinarian is warning pet-owners away from a part of town where two dogs were poisoned this week.

October 17, 2013
Ted Wright

Sitka Tribe Of Alaska’s Top Manager Resigns

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s general manager is leaving for a similar job in Washington state. Ted Wright announced his resignation in a press release. Wright has been general manager of Sitka’s tribal government for about two years. He held the same position from 1992 to 1995

October 17, 2013

Sitka’s Water Main’s Fixed, But Who Pays For Repairs?

Sitka’s water system is back in business. Local officials feared the coastal community would run out of water this morning after the main line broke. A contractor rebuilding Sitka’s Sawmill Creek Road damaged the line yesterday afternoon while blasting rock. Water began flowing through the pipe again this morning after repairs were completed.

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October 10, 2013
Study: Southeast’s ‘Blue Economy’ Growing

Study: Southeast’s ‘Blue Economy’ Growing

Southeast Alaska’s maritime economy provides more than a quarter of the wages paid in the region. That’s according to a new study published by the Southeast Conference.

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October 9, 2013