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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

Albert Kookesh Remains Hospitalized In Anchorage

Albert Kookesh Remains Hospitalized In Anchorage

An Alaska Native leader and former lawmaker remained in the hospital Tuesday after suffering a heart attack Monday in Juneau. Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage listed Albert Kookesh in critical condition as of late Tuesday afternoon.

February 20, 2013 - 10:40 am

New Sealaska Land Bills Introduced In Congress

Alaska’s congressional delegation today introduced new Sealaska land-selection bills. Senator Lisa Murkowski authored her chamber’s version, which is co-sponsored by Senator Mark Begich. Congressman Don Young released the House version.

February 19, 2013 - 4:41 pm
Expert: Southeast Cluster Initiative Working

Expert: Southeast Cluster Initiative Working

A Pacific Northwest development expert says Southeast leaders are on the right track toward improving the region’s economy. A large group of Southeast business, government and other leaders have spent the past two years searching for ways to grow the region’s economy.

February 14, 2013 - 5:12 pm
This poster illustrating cruise ship wastewater was displayed at a Sept. 20, 2012, science panel open house.

Bill Would Lessen Cruise Ship Discharge Standards

The Parnell Administration wants to change another part of the 2006 cruise ship initiative. The voter-approved measure required strict new standards for wastewater discharges. Bills introduced this session at the governor’s request would effectively allow more chemicals and minerals to be released into the water.

January 24, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Commissioner Apologizes For Lack Of Communication In Alaska Class Ferry Plan

Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp on Tuesday apologized for keeping the Marine Highway Advisory Board out of the loop on the Alaska Class Ferry. He and his staff also released a few more details on the vessel’s proposed replacements.

January 23, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Ferry System Gets New Boss, Management Structure

Juneau’s Reuben Yost is the new chief of the state ferry system. But he’ll spend only about half his time on that job. Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp named the long-time department employee to the deputy commissioner post Tuesday. Yost will be in charge of the marine highway. But he’ll also oversee measurement standards, commercial vehicle enforcement and special projects.

January 16, 2013 - 5:02 pm
Former Marine Highway Head Asked To Resign By Department Commissioner

Former Marine Highway Head Asked To Resign By Department Commissioner

The deputy commissioner for marine operations at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities says he was asked to resign by Pat Kemp, the newly-appointed department commissioner. Michael Nuessl is retiring at the end of this week. He had previously said the decision was by mutual agreement. Southeast leaders were surprised by his resignation.

January 10, 2013 - 5:47 pm
Sea otters rest on their backs near Sitka Sound in 2011. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld.

Study: Otters Eating Sea Urchins Reduces Greenhouse Gas

There’s more scientific evidence that sea otters reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. That has meaning for Southeast Alaska, where the population is booming, and Southwest Alaska, where it’s dropped.

January 7, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Earthquake Jars SE Alaska Saturday Morning

Southeast Alaska was jarred by a significant earthquake early Saturday morning just about midnight. The quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 and originated off the coast of Central Southeast Alaska about 95 miles Northwest of Dixon Entrance. There were no reports of any significant damage or injuries.

January 5, 2013 - 9:23 am
Sitka’s ‘Dream’ Line Increases Regional Cruises

Sitka’s ‘Dream’ Line Increases Regional Cruises

An Allen Marine tour ship rounds a point just off of Sitka Sound, pointing out the sights to a lively group of cruise-ship tourists. It’s a wildlife cruise, and the captain has no trouble finding sea otters.

December 19, 2012 - 10:34 am

Two Rescued After Troller Sinking West of Wrangell

A troller with two people on board almost sank about 30 miles west of Wrangell Wednesday night. Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley says the Carrie Arlene’s crew donned survival suits after rough weather threatened the 36-foot troller. He says they expected they might have to abandon ship.

December 14, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Legislature Loses Alaska Native Representation

Southeast lost both its Tlingit lawmakers during this year’s legislative elections. It’s the first time in at least two decades that the region has been without Native representation.

December 13, 2012 - 5:26 pm

Parnell’s Ferry Plans Upsetting SE Leaders

A number of Southeast leaders are upset about the governor’s plan to scale back the Alaska Class Ferry project. He made his announcement Tuesday in Ketchikan. Legislators and members of an advisory board say they should have been consulted first.

December 12, 2012 - 3:51 pm

What’s Next For Longtime Lawmaker Albert Kookesh?

Most Decembers, Albert Kookesh is making plans to move to Juneau for the legislative session. But this year, he’s spending more time at his Angoon home, enjoying the view.

December 7, 2012 - 4:22 pm
A humpback whale begins arching its back and showing its tail just before diving for herring Nov. 3 in Sitka Sound. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld.

AK: Humpback Whales

There’s a baby boom going on with Alaska’s humpback whales. Slow-but-steady population growth is good news for the species, as well as whale-watchers. But it could be bad news for boaters, hatcheries and the herring fleet.

November 30, 2012 - 4:35 pm

Students Dissect Octopus At Sitka’s WhaleFest

What’s it look like inside an octopus? You probably don’t want to know, at least first-hand. That’s unless you’re a student dissecting one during this month’s Sitka WhaleFest. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld paid a visit to a very hands-on science lesson and filed this report.

November 27, 2012 - 5:10 pm

State Warns About Bad PSP Info

State officials say a magazine article about shellfish incorrectly states when they can be gathered safely.

November 27, 2012 - 10:17 am

How Do Melting Glaciers Change Ocean Chemistry?

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.

November 23, 2012 - 2:15 pm

Sealaska Dividend Due Out In December

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.

November 13, 2012 - 10:28 am

Anthropologist Says Salmon Are State’s Long-Term Investment

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.

November 6, 2012 - 6:29 pm