Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

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.

New Craig boat harbor before Congress

City-of-Craig-logo-from-the-citys-website.-300x300An updated federal Water Resources Act includes about 90 percent of the $32 million needed to build a new boat harbor for the city of Craig, on Prince of Wales Island. But it has a way to go before funds are available.

Ferry sailings down 7 percent next fiscal year

The ferries Matanuska, right, and Fairweather, left, tie up at Juneau's Auke Bay Ferry Terminal May 19, 2016. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Next winter’s ferry schedule will be leaner than this year’s, and that one was pretty lean. It’s the result of budget cuts, which could lead to the sale of the ferry Taku.

Students name new ferries Tazlina and Hubbard

A conceptual drawing show what the Alaska Class ferries will look like. (Image courtesy state Department of Transportation)The winners of Alaska’s name-the-new-ferry contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Tlingit leader remembered for land claims role

John Borbridge Jr. speaks at a 2011 Native American Heritage Month luncheon in Juneau. (Photo courtesy Tlingit Haida Central Council)Tlingit leader John Borbridge Jr. died Tuesday. He was a significant player in the campaign for Alaska Native land rights.

Audit: Alaska critics of B.C. mines are right

British Columbia Mines and Energy Minister Bill Bennett, at podium, responds to an audit critical of his agency Tuesday in Victoria. (Photo courtesy B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines)British Columbia’s top auditor says the province has failed to protect the environment from mines and mineral exploration projects.