Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Scientific societies oppose old-growth logging

DominickDellaSala_0More scientists have joined a campaign to stop old-growth logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

Will DOT changes help or hurt the ferry system?

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)Could the firing of three top state transportation officials put the Alaska Marine Highway at risk? That’s what some ferry supporters are asking.

DOT commissioner resigns after road conflict

1-22-13-Pat-Kemp-answers-a-question-during-a-Jan.-22-MTAB-meeting-286x300Alaska Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp has resigned at the request of Gov. Bill Walker.

Despite spending freeze, Juneau road work continues

A sign near Juneau's Auke Bay Ferry Terminal points to the end of Glacier Highway. The road would be extended about 50 miles to a new terminal closer to Haines under a state plan that's temporarily on hold. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Work continues on Southeast Alaska's largest transportation project, despite Gov. Bill Walker’s spending freeze.

Snowless Southeast weather expected to continue

Dogs and their owners enjoy a snowless walk on a trail bordering Juneau's airport Dec. 29. Show has accumulated on nearby mountains. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)If you live in Southeast Alaska and want to see snow, you’re going to have to wait. The National Weather Service predicts a couple more weeks without significant deposits of the white stuff.

Canada OKs KSM mine’s environmental plans

Seabridge Gold's Brent Murphy points to a valley to be dammed to hold tailings from the KSM mine during a July tour. The project just won federal environmental approval. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government. Critics say it could pollute salmon-bearing rivers.

Study: Climate change hurting salmon habitat

10-14 Compressed - The Nature Conservancy's Colin Shanley talks about his research on how climate change's will impact Southeast salmon habitat next to Juneau's Gold Creek.Scientists know climate change is altering rain and snowfall patterns in the Tongass National Forest. A new study details how that could affect salmon and suggests what can be done.

Grants take classes, medical care to villages

The Naukati School, on eastern Prince of Wales Island, is one of several to benefit from a USDA grant. (Courtesy Emily Chaudhury Design)A federal grant will help expand class options for some Prince of Wales Island students.

Report: Subsidized logging costs feds millions

Beached logs pile up in Shoal Cove on Revilla Island in the Tongass National Forest. A new report challenges old-growth logging spending in the forest. (Jim Baichtal/USFS)A new report says the Forest Service is wasting millions of dollars by propping up a failing Southeast Alaska timber industry.

Ferry system delays youth travel restrictions

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)The Alaska Marine Highway System won’t ban solo ferry travel by children and teen-agers, at least for now.