Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau
Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Sitka veterinarian is warning pet-owners away from a part of town where two dogs were poisoned this week.
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
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.
Guardian Flight takes over all SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium medevacs on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Leaders of Alaska’s visitors’ industry will gather in Sitka next week. More than 400 excursion operators, tourism managers and cruise officials are expected to attend the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s conference.