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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

The Ketchikan Shipyard, operated by Alaska Ship & Drydock, is one of the more visible parts of Southeast’s “blue economy.” Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau.

Southeast Leaders Consider Region’s Maritime Industry

About 250 Panhandle business, government and nonprofit leaders will gather in Sitka Sept. 17-19. It’s the annual meeting of the Southeast Conference, one of the region’s larger organizations.

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September 11, 2013 - 5:22 pm
Huna Totem May Build Own Dock Without City Grant

Huna Totem May Build Own Dock Without City Grant

Hoonah’s village Native corporation may build its own cruise-ship dock, bypassing a city effort funded by the Legislature.

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September 10, 2013 - 5:31 pm
The Holland America Cruise Ship Westerdam prepares to dock in Juneau July 16, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Carnival Cruise Ships Installing Air Pollution ‘Scrubbers’

The world’s largest cruise corporation will soon install new pollution-control equipment on 32 of its ships. Carnival, Princess and Holland-America vessels sailing Alaska waters are likely to be among those getting the gear.

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September 6, 2013 - 4:46 pm
Sequestration Cuts Shorten Head Start Year

Sequestration Cuts Shorten Head Start Year

The Tlingit-Haida Central Council’s Head Start program serves more than 250 Southeast Alaska preschoolers. But they’ll have less time in the classroom this year due to budget cuts tied to sequestration. We took a  this look at the program and the impacts of lower funding.

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August 28, 2013 - 5:03 pm

State Blocks $15 Million Hoonah Dock Grant

State officials say they’ll withdraw funding for a $15 million Hoonah dock unless the Southeast city changes its location. The money was appropriated by the Legislature, in part to support the town’s Icy Strait Point tourist attraction, 40 air miles west of Juneau.

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August 28, 2013 - 4:58 pm
An Airlift Northwest Lear Jet waits for a medevac call at Juneau’s airport. Airlift continues offering medevac insurance, but Apollo Medi Trans lost its state license to renew or issue policies in February. EdSchoenfeld/CoastAlaska photo.

Medevac Insurer May Get License Back

A popular medevac insurance company says it’s close to resuming business in Alaska. Apollo Medi Trans stopped renewing policies earlier this year, leaving many customers without coverage. But there are other options.

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August 15, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Alaska Flights Delayed By Computer Breakdown

Flights to and from Alaska were among those affected by a recent international computer system breakdown.

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August 7, 2013 - 5:31 pm
The Gathering Strength Canoe Journey paddlers are photographed during their trip from Metlakatla, B.C., to Metlakatla, Alaska. Photo courtesy Gathering Strength Canoe Journey.

Alaska, Canada Paddlers Link Two Metlakatlas

ix traditional canoes have retraced a historic Tsimshian route from British Columbia’s northern coast to southern Southeast Alaska.

August 7, 2013 - 10:00 am
Competition Tries To Boost Village Businesses

Competition Tries To Boost Village Businesses

A Southeast Alaska Native corporation and a conservation group are combining forces to try to spur sustainable regional development. They’re funding a $500,000 business-plan contest aimed at, but not limited to, the area’s smaller communities.

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July 26, 2013 - 4:18 pm
Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News.

Senate Considers Passenger Rights Bill

Does the cruise industry do enough to keep passengers safe? And how do we know if they don’t? Those were among the questions asked at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee meeting on Wednesday.

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July 25, 2013 - 5:21 pm
Bill Would Allow Road To Prince of Wales Mines

Bill Would Allow Road To Prince of Wales Mines

A bill making it easier to build a road to Prince of Wales Island mines has gotten some attention in the nation’s Capitol.

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July 24, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Southeast Redistricting Presents Challenges

Southeast Alaska’s new redistricting boundaries eliminate the possibility of at least one House election rematch. But they could lead to some other challenges.

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July 22, 2013 - 5:04 pm
The IFA ferry Stikine sails Ketchikan’s Tongass Narrows.

Inter-Island Ferry Budget Woes Shrink

The financial picture is improving for the Inter-Island Ferry Authority, which connects Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. But the southern Southeast system still needs more money to maintain a full schedule all year.

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July 11, 2013 - 10:49 am

Southeast Has Its Say on Redistricting

Haines and Skagway should be in the same election district as Juneau. The Capital City’s Mendenhall Valley wants to stay on its own. Petersburg doesn’t want to be split up. And the whole redistricting process has been a boondoggle. That’s some of what Southeast Alaska residents – plus a few others – told the Alaska Redistricting Board during a hearing Tuesday at the Capitol.

July 4, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Smaller Gold Operations Gain Interest Around Yakutat

An Oklahoma company’s plan to mine gold from a large area around Yakutat is dead and buried. But there’s still interest in smaller operations near the northern Southeast community.

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July 2, 2013 - 5:26 pm
Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau.

AK: Paddles

Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau.

Remember the Tlingit paddlers who lost their canoes on a recent journey through Southeast? High winds and rough seas capsized the watercraft, dumping hand-carved, red cedar paddles into the ocean.

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June 21, 2013 - 5:11 pm
Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks in Sitka earlier this year. Photo courtesy of KTOO - Juneau.

Sealaska Lands Bill Passes Senate Committee

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s version of the Sealaska lands bill has passed out of its only committee of referral. That’s a major step toward a Senate floor vote. But there’s no guarantee it will move any further in Congress. Its best chance is as part of a package of lands legislation.

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June 18, 2013 - 5:18 pm
Sitka Barge Line Plans Southeast Expansion

Sitka Barge Line Plans Southeast Expansion

A Sitka-based barge line hopes to return to serving Southeast by the end of the year. It depends on a shipping-industry shuffle, where a much larger company is trying to absorb its chief competitor.

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June 11, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Sealaska Land Bill Scheduled For Congressional Markup

The Sealaska land bill is scheduled for markup during a congressional hearing this week. Representative Don Young’s main legislation would convey about 70,000 acres of Tongass National Forest timberlands to Sealaska.

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June 10, 2013 - 5:35 pm
A Greenpeace airship promoting the group’s Bering Sea Canyons protection initiative sails over Juneau’s Gastineau Channel Saturday evening. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News.

A Blimp? Over Juneau?

Most who saw it called it a blimp, but technically, it was an airship. The environmental group Greenpeace inflated the floating billboard at a Douglas Island ballfield Saturday evening, then flew over Gastineau Channel to downtown Juneau and back.

June 10, 2013 - 10:32 am