Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau
Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau
Scientists have known for years that greenhouse gasses are altering the chemical makeup of our oceans. More and more carbon dioxide is dissolving into salt water, creating carbonic acid. That changes the ocean’s pH, or acid-alkaline balance. And it’s hitting harder in Alaska.
Sealaska shareholders will soon get their largest end-of-year dividend in three years. But it’s mostly due to the success of another regional Native corporation.
Salmon are Alaska’s long-term investment. That view was voiced by cultural anthropologist and writer Richard Nelson during the final day of Sitka’s WhaleFest. The event includes a symposium addressing trends and developments in marine and coastal science.
More money is going into the House District 34 campaign than any other race in Southeast. Changing legislative boundaries combined Sitka with much of the old Southeast Islands House District. That’s the one that includes Haines, Craig, Metlakatla, Hoonah, Angoon, Kake and some other small cities.
There’s a significant fund-raising gap between the two incumbents fighting to represent a new Southeast Senate district. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld takes a look at some of the details of the District Q race. It’s the first of four reports on campaign financing in the region.
Sealaska, Southeast’s regional Native corporation, is testing wood-powered generators at a Hoonah mill. If they work, they could be used to reduce energy costs in other small Southeast cities.
The Parnell administration wants to put 2 million acres of the Tongass National Forest into a state-managed logging trust. It’s one of several recommendations released yesterday by the governor’s Timber Jobs Task Force.
Devil’s club is probably best known as a plant to avoid at all costs. But several small Southeast Alaska companies have a different take. They’re turning the roots, stems and bark of the plant into rubs and salves to treat sore joints and damaged skin. Sitka is the center of the growing industry.
Alaska Airlines announced Thursday that it’s buying another 50 jets from Boeing. It already has 25 of the new 737s on order, and options for another 69. Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says the new order, valued at $5 billion, will be delivered over the next 10 years.
More cruise ship tourists visited Alaska this year than last. But some ports did better than others.
About 500 people are in Anchorage this week for the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s convention and trade show.
Suzan Hess is setting up a beer tent as part of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce season-end celebration. She’s co-owner of the Baranof Island Brewing Company. The business began in 2010, so it’s still figuring out the tourism market. But Hess says it’s been great.
Just about every politician champions God, motherhood and apple pie. U.S. Senator Mark Begich is adding rubber boots to the list. Begich, who’s touring Southeast Alaska, says he’s heard numerous complaints about Xtratufs since production moved to China. He says what he jokingly calls “Sort-of-tufs” leak and the soles separate after just a few weeks of wear.
Four out of Southeast Alaska’s five largest cities will chose mayors on Tuesday. Two have incumbents on the ballot, while the other two will chose among newcomers – or politicians rejoining the race.
You’re shopping online, and suddenly, you come across a wonderful deal. It’s a book of coupons, cheap or free, for brand-name products you already use. There’s Coke, Pepsi, Huggies, Doritos … even Listerine.
A report that could change the way cruise ships handle wastewater is nearly done. A state science advisory panel met last week in Juneau and shared some of its work with the public.
A collaborative effort involving government, environment and business interests has kept a construction contract in Kake. While it’s a small job, those involved say it’s a model that could be duplicated in other economically-strapped villages.
A new study is adding another dimension to the sea otter debate. The research shows the marine mammals help reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a major contributor to climate change.
Angoon’s village Native corporation sent the federal government an unusual request in May of 2010. Kootznoowoo Inc. filed a petition asking for extraterritorial jurisdiction. That would allow the feds to stop or limit salmon fishing in state-managed waters near Angoon on western Admiralty Island.
Two cruise ships sailing Alaska waters have had recent outbreaks of norovirus or another gastrointestinal illness. Norovirus is a highly contagious illness causing vomiting and diarrhea.