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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

Forest Service To Tweak Tongass Management Plan

Forest Service To Tweak Tongass Management Plan

The U.S. Forest Service has decided to make changes in its Tongass land management plan. That means users and interest groups will get to submit suggestions on road-building, logging, stream restoration and habitat protection.

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October 3, 2013
A Guardian Flight turboprop prepares to take off from Skagway’s airport last summer. The company is taking over all medevacs for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Photo courtesy Guardian Flight on Facebook.

SEARHC Medevacs Turned Over To Private Company

Guardian Flight takes over all SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium medevacs on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

October 3, 2013

Tourism Industry Leaders To Meet In Sitka

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.

October 3, 2013
Cruise Season Short Of Million-Passenger Mark

Cruise Season Short Of Million-Passenger Mark

This year’s Alaska cruise-ship season has ended. Close to a million passengers sailed through Southeast this summer, with many traveling on to points north and west.

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October 1, 2013
7 Things You May Not Know About Alaska Airlines

7 Things You May Not Know About Alaska Airlines

We independent Alaskans may think we’re not joiners. But we are.

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September 24, 2013

Southeast Conference Wants To Change Tongass Management

The Southeast Conference wants to change the way the Tongass National Forest is managed. The regional development-advocacy organization is working on a strategy to grow the timber industry and create jobs, while maintaining environmental protections.

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September 23, 2013

Southeast Alaska Experiencing Strong Economic Growth

Southeast Alaska has more residents – and more jobs – than ever. That’s according to a report released Tuesday during the Southeast Conference’s annual meeting in Sitka.

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September 17, 2013
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
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
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
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

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
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

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
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
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
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
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

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
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