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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

Parnell Blocks Fund Transfer From Hoonah Dock To Sitka Pool

Parnell Blocks Fund Transfer From Hoonah Dock To Sitka Pool

Governor Sean Parnell left Southeast Alaska project funding intact when he signed the capital budget Tuesday, but he blocked the transfer of money from one older project to another.

May 22, 2013 - 10:38 am
Feds Oppose Smaller Sealaska Land Bill

Feds Oppose Smaller Sealaska Land Bill

A new, smaller Sealaska land-selection measure faces opposition from the federal government. The legislation would transfer 3,600 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the Southeast-based regional Native corporation. Sealaska’s timberlands have been logged of much of their harvestable trees. Officials say the acreage will keep timber operations going.

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May 17, 2013 - 10:00 am
Yakutat To Celebrate Return Of The Terns

Yakutat To Celebrate Return Of The Terns

Yakutat is gearing up for an influx of birders. They’re coming to the northern Southeast Alaska community to celebrate the return of the Aleutian tern, a somewhat rare seabird.

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May 16, 2013 - 5:28 pm
Marine Highway Dropping Discounts To Save Money

Marine Highway Dropping Discounts To Save Money

Say so long to summer drivers riding the ferry for free. Wave goodbye to the winter roundtrip discount. And printed schedules? Those are on their way out too. They won’t happen for a while. But the changes are some of the ways the Alaska Marine Highway will address a $3.5-million spending cut mandated by the Legislature.

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May 15, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Southeast Village Native Corporation Looks To Export Cultural Tourism Expertise

A Southeast village Native corporation wants to export its cultural tourism expertise. It’s opened a consulting business to build on more than a dozen years in the business.

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May 8, 2013 - 5:26 pm
Four armed, armored figures display Tlingit war gear created by Sitka’s Tommy Joseph as part of the Alaska State Museum’s “Rainforest Warriors” exhibit. It’s one of three Alaska shows tourists will see this season. Click here to watch a slideshow from the exhibit and Kay Field Parker’s “Playing with Lightning.”

Museums, Attractions Gear Up For More Ships, Passengers

Alaska State Museum Exhibit Curator Jackie Manning is confronted by some imposing figures every time she enters its main gallery. They’re well-armed, well-armored mannequins, displaying years of carving by Sitka Tlingit artist Tommy Joseph.

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May 7, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Stikine Subsistence Closed To Chinook Harvest

It looks like there won’t be a Chinook subsistence fishery on the Stikine River this year. Officials this week closed the annual opening, scheduled for May 15th to June 20th.

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May 2, 2013 - 6:31 pm

Southeast Inter-Island Ferry Authority To Run Short On Cash

Southeast’s Inter-Island Ferry Authority will soon be short on cash. The authority sails between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan.

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April 29, 2013 - 5:40 pm
Prince of Wales-Ketchikan Ferry Loses State Subsidy

Prince of Wales-Ketchikan Ferry Loses State Subsidy

Southeast’s Inter-Island Ferry Authority will soon be short on cash. The authority sails between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. Officials say what’s known as the IFA has only about four-fifths of the money it needs for the next budget year, which begins in July.

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April 26, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Tlingit-Haida Central Council Holding 78th Annual Tribal Assembly

The Tlingit-Haida Central Council holds its 78th Annual Tribal Assembly in Juneau this week.

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April 17, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Legislature Adjourns Before Acting On Voter ID Bill

The Legislature adjourned Sunday without acting on a bill adding new voter identification requirements. But the measure is poised for action when lawmakers return to the Capitol next January.

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April 16, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Eclectic Groups Take Stage At Alaska Folk Festival

A dog took the stage during this year’s Alaska Folk Festival. So did a drum-and-pipe band and some Middle-Eastern-style singers and dancers. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld assembled this audio post card.

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April 16, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Small Cruise Lines Grow In Southeast

A Seattle-based tour company is adding another vessel to its Alaska routes. Un-Cruise Adventures is one of several small-ship lines increasing capacity in what appears to be a growing market.

April 4, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Draft Otter Handicraft Rules Face Scrutiny

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has a new proposal for defining handicrafts made out of sea otter pelts. The agency sets rules for hunting of sea otters and other protected marine mammals.

March 19, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Otter-Bounty Bill Faces Opposition

Legislation proposing sea-otter bounties will get its first hearing next week. It’s already drawing opposition from environmental groups and the federal marine mammal protection agency.

March 8, 2013 - 4:27 pm

Yakutat Seeking Wave Power

Most rural Alaska communities use diesel generators to create electrical power. But fuel is expensive, so they’re trying out alternatives. Yakutat, on the eastern Gulf of Alaska, wants wave power. A project in the works for several years just won a key permit. But it still faces substantial barriers.

February 27, 2013 - 5:29 pm
Preliminary Shuttle Ferry Plan Released

Preliminary Shuttle Ferry Plan Released

New Lynn Canal shuttle ferries will be 280 feet long, seat about 300 passengers and operate no more than 12 hours a day. Part, but not all, of the car deck may be open. And the ships will have no staterooms or crew quarters.

February 27, 2013 - 10:47 am

Update: Kookesh Upgraded To Fair Condition

Former state Senator Albert Kookesh’s condition has been upgraded from serious to fair. He’s recovering from a Feb. 18 heart attack at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

February 25, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Kookesh’s Family Says He’s Doing Better

Sealaska officials say board Chairman Albert Kookesh is making slow but steady progress as he recovers from a Monday heart attack. The Juneau-based regional Native corporation posted an online update this afternoon after speaking to his family. It says Kookesh has become more awake and alert during the past 48 hours and has been able to communicate with his family.

February 22, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Alaska Innovators Share Success Stories

We’ve all heard politicians talk about how businesses need to change to succeed in today’s marketplace. A group of Alaska entrepreneurs shared their success stories, in hopes of inspiring others, at last week’s Innovation Summit in Juneau.

February 20, 2013 - 5:24 pm