Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Ferry Lituya to get new payment system

The ferry Lituya loads vehicles onto its car deck at the Ketchikan Ferry Terminal before sailing to Metlakatla. (Photo by Linda Hall/Alaska DOT&PF)People ferrying from Ketchikan to Metlakatla will soon pay double for their tickets. But the return trip will be free.

Feds OK selling or scrapping ferry Taku

(Creative Commons photo by Ted McGrath)The marine highway is moving ahead with plans to sell or scrap the ferry Taku. But it’s keeping its options open for a second sidelined ship, the Chenega.

Wood-energy grants again offered in Alaska

Andrew Haden of Wisewood, Inc., a Portland-based design firm, explains how the Ketchikan Airport's biomass boiler works. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The U.S. Forest Service grants have helped design boilers and plan wood-pellet mills in Southeast and Interior Alaska communities.

Tying up ferries costs nearly half a million dollars

The ferry Taku sails into Juneau’s Auke Bay terminal. It’s tied up for the year, affecting seafood processors who transport their fish via Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (Photo by LCGS Russ/Wikimedia Commons)The Alaska Marine Highway System is paying more than $1,200 a day for long-term storage of two unused ferries. One critic says it would be better to sell them than to tie them up.

Transboundary mine agreement signed

Eight transboundary watersheds feed Southeast Alaska rivers. A new agreement with British Columbia aims to protect them from mining pollution. Critics say it doesn't do the job. (Map by Alaska Department of Natural Resources.)Alaska and British Columbia officials signed a statement of cooperation Thursday aimed at protecting rivers that flow through the province and the state.

Brotherhood, Sisterhood prepare for convention

Alaska Native Sisterhood members march in Wrangell during the Grand Camp's 2015 Convention in Wrangell. (Photo courtesy Peter Naoroz/ANB)Alaska’s oldest Native organizations are trying to attract younger members. That and other issues are on the table at the ANB-ANS Grand Camp Convention Oct. 5-8.

Pioneer homes won’t take new residents, at least for now

The Ketchikan Pioneer Home is one of six in Alaska caring for older residents. (Photo by KRBD)Alaska’s Pioneer Homes have stopped accepting new residents, at least for a while. It’s one more impact of state budget cuts.

Winter ferry schedule better than last year

The ferry Taku docks at the Sitka terminal on a snowy morning Jan. 22, 2012. Budget cuts have sidelined the ship. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This winter’s Alaska Marine Highway schedule offers more sailings than the previous season’s. It also eliminates five-week service gaps for some communities.

State Department to hear BC mine concerns

Sulphurets Creek, which drains naturally occurring rusty water from the KSM mine prospect, enters Mitchell Creek upstream from Southeast Alaska. Tribal officials worry mining will send polluted water into British Columbia rivers that flow into Alaska. KSM officials say their pollution-control designs will keep that from happening. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)U.S. State Department officials are in Southeast Alaska this week to talk about transboundary mines. The Environmental Protection Agency has also sent representatives.

Cruise industry grows, global share shrinks

Three cruise ships dock in downtown Juneau July 14, at the height of the tourist season (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s cruise industry is on track to hit the magic million-passenger mark this year. But it's attracting a smaller percentage of the worldwide market.