Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Road to open up more of Gravina to logging

The dotted line shows the route for the logging road to be built to Vallenar Bay.The Alaska Division of Forestry has awarded a contract to connect an existing road in the Vallenar Bay area to the rest of the island’s road system. Petersburg’s Rock-N-Road Construction won the $3.5 million contract.

Dock repair starting, tourist traffic changes

A cruise-ship lightering boat passes a salvage tugboat docked at Ketchikan's Berth 3, which was extensively damaged by the cruise ship Infinity on Friday. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The city of Ketchikan has hired Turnagain Marine Construction to repair Ketchikan’s Berth 3. Work should be complete by July 5, possibly earlier.

Assembly backs enforcement of federal pot laws

A 5 percent sales tax on pot is before the Ketchikan City Council tonight. (KRBD file photo)Should local government enforce federal drug laws as it regulates marijuana? That question was before the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly at its Monday meeting.

Revilla High School graduates Class of 2016

A Revilla High School graduate reads a letter of thanks during the June 1graduation ceremony. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)More than two dozen Revilla High School graduates took to the stage last week to celebrate their achievements.

Ship sails south after damaging Ketchikan dock

A large scrape shows one area where the cruise ship Infinity struck a Ketchikan dock June 3. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The cruise ship Infinity is on its way south for repairs. The 90,000-ton ship crashed into a Ketchikan dock Friday afternoon, sustaining scrapes and a small hole above the waterline.

Party affiliation an issue in Ketchikan House race

House District 36 Map - 300xAn independent, a Republican and a Constitution Party member are competing for Ketchikan’s seat in Alaska’s House of Representatives. District 36 also includes Saxman, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Hydaburg and Hyder.

Ferry budget changes, but schedule doesn’t

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This week’s legislative budget compromise shuffled the source of some of the money that pays for the Alaska Marine Highway System. But it doesn’t increase -- or decrease -- the number of routes or sailings.

Two rescued from fishing boat near POW

Two people were rescued Wednesday from a sinking fishing boat southwest of Ketchikan. The U.S. Coast Guard says the fishing vessel Velvet ran aground and began to take on water in McLean Arm, in southeast Prince of Wales Island.

Update: City council moves toward 5 percent pot tax

A 5 percent sales tax on pot is before the Ketchikan City Council tonight. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan City Council is a step closer to imposing a 5 percent tax on marijuana sales.

Two challenge Ortiz for state House seat

Rep. Dan Ortiz talks during a town-hall-style meeting Thursday at the White Cliff building.Incumbent Ketchikan Rep. Dan Ortiz faces two opponents in the 2016 legislative elections. They're Republican Bob Sivertsen and Kenneth Shaw of the Constitution Party.