Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau
“We spent 23 years together in Alaska and just having an opportunity to come back and re-engage with folks and work on Alaska issues has just been a dream of mine,” said incoming Regional Forester David Schmid.
The effort to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System took a step forward Thursday. The House Transportation Committee voted to instruct staff to draft legislation that would establish a public corporation to take over the system. But it’s a long way from a done deal. Listen now
“We’ve seen 8,000 positions across the agency that we have essentially shifted from either providing services, forest management (or) recreation management to fire suppression,” said U.S. Forest Service Associate Deputy Chief Chris French. Listen now
Industry representatives are telling Southeast leaders they need to oppose the Stand for Salmon initiative and related legislation.
Rough weather and a mechanical breakdown are affecting Alaska Marine Highway service in Southeast Alaska. Listen now
The state ferry Taku will keep its name – and possibly its job – after it leaves Alaska. But it could also be cut up for scrap. Listen now
Gov. Walker’s budget fills a gap that could have shut the ferry system down for much of the spring. It also provides nearly level funding for the next year. Listen now
Cruise ships sailing to Alaska are getting bigger and bigger. One planned for 2019 is twice the size of many of the ships already sailing here. Listen now
The state ferry Taku is not hip enough for Portland. A company based there that submitted the winning bid earlier this fall withdrew. The new top bidder is from Dubai. Listen now
China is limiting the type and quality of recyclable materials it will import. That could affect Alaska, since most of our recycling ends up there.
When you toss a candy wrapper in the trash in five Southeast Alaska communities, you’re sending it on a thousand-mile journey to a Lower 48 landfill. Listen now
Alaska leaders want Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to push Canadian officials to better protect Southeast fisheries from British Columbia mine projects. Listen now
The state is again trying to overturn the U.S. Forest Service’s roadless rule. Officials appealed a court decision that threw out an earlier state challenge. Listen now
12Page 1 of 2