Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Panel will target Tongass plan, timber transition

A dog explores part of the Treadwell Ditch Trail on Douglas Island, part of Juneau. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

The Forest Service is setting up an advisory board to help rewrite the Tongass National Forest’s management plan. It’s somewhat similar to another panel that shut down last year without completing its work. more

Grant advances Kasaan longhouse repairs

The roof of Kasaan's Chief Son-i-Hat House, also known as the Whale House, is covered by a tarp during repair work. (Courtesy of Organized Village of Kasaan.)

A nearly-half-million-dollar grant will speed restoration of Alaska’s oldest Haida longhouse. The structure was first built 130 years ago in Kasaan. more

Scholarships offered to Sealaska shareholders

The Sealaska Heritage Institute is once again offering scholarships to students attending college, graduate school or vocational-technical programs. more

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

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