Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Timber, election districts among region’s top stories

The Southeast portion of the final redistricting map, which shuffles the region's election boundaries.

The ferry system’s 50th anniversary and a leadership change at Sealaska are among other top regional stories. more

Medevacs face more competition, sicker patients

Airlift Northwest's Shelly Deering explains the medical equipment in a medevac Learjet. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

If you get sick – really sick – there’s a good chance you’ll end up on a flight out of town. Medical evacuations, called medevacs, are taking more and more Alaskans to in-state and Lower-48 critical-care facilities. more

Shoreline search boosts evidence of early habitation

Soil scientist Dave D'Amore, right, works with students and anthropology professor Dan Monteith, left, during a dig on the University of Alaska Southeast's Juneau campus.

Scientists are finding more evidence that Southeast Alaska’s first residents arrived more than 10,000 years ago. It’s coming through a new method of locating early settlements. more

SE roads, terminals in budget, but no hydro

The view of Berners Bay from Cascade Point. The Juneau Access Project's Lynn Canal Highway would be built through this area. (Courtesy AKDOT)

Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed capital budget has no money for Southeast Alaska hydroprojects. But it has funding for ferry terminals and a road north out of Juneau. more

More Ketchikan dogs, cats need foster homes

11-20-13 McGee, closeup, a 10-year old Australian Shepherd up for adoption at Groomingdale's.

McGee could be the face of a bleak holiday for some Southeast dogs and cats. The Ketchikan Humane Society is looking for temporary Christmas homes for its rescued pets. more

State tells medevac payment program to drop Alaskans

An Airlift Northwest Lear Jet waits for a medevac call at Juneau’s airport. Airlift is ending its medevac insurance program in Alaska after losing a regulatory exemption.

The state has ordered a Seattle-based medevac insurance program to end coverage in Alaska. more

AARP addresses Social Security changes

AARP's Daryl Royce talks to Ketchikan residents about proposed Social Security changes on Nov. 22.

Ketchikan seniors have strong opinions about changes to the federal Social Security program. Like many other Alaskans, they’re worried whether Congress will maintain or reduce their benefits as the number of retirees increase. more

City council OK’s hydropower talks

The Whitman Lake dam is one of the current hydroelectric projects that the City of Ketchikan is developing.

Ketchikan’s City Council has OK’d a plan to negotiate the sale of the Whitman Lake hydropower project. more

Tlingit clan conference focuses on language

Clan leaders wear traditional regalia during the 2012 Clan Conference in Sitka. (Peter Metcalfe photo)

Scholars and culture-bearers gather in Juneau this week for a clan conference focusing on Tlingit knowledge and traditions. It runs Wednesday night through Sunday morning at the capital city’s Centennial Hall. more

Study shows Southeast’s “blue economy” growing

The Ketchikan Shipyard, operated by Alaska Ship & Drydock, is one of the more visible parts of Southeast's maritime economy. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Southeast Alaska’s maritime economy provides more than a quarter of the wages paid in the region. That’s according to a new study published by the Southeast Conference. more