Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

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.

New Sealaska board member targets change

Sealaska Plaza is the location of the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters.  Shareholders are casting ballots to fill five board of directors seats.  (File photo/KTOO)Sealaska’s newest board member will continue to push for election and management changes. At least one long-time board member says she's willing to listen.

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.