Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

“Scrubbers” to cut cruise ship air pollution

A Celebrity Cruise Line ship sails into Juneau in 2012 with emissions coming out of its stack. New pollution-control equipment being installed on Alaska-bound and other ships will reduce the emissions plume. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Cruise lines that sail Alaska waters are installing new pollution-control equipment. Scrubbers are aimed at clearing the air — and meeting new regulations. But it’s also dodging some stronger, more expensive measures.

Deeper state ferry cuts planned by House panel

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia are out of service for repairs at the Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012. More ferries will be tied up this summer under planned legislative budget cuts. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s ferry system is facing even more service cuts. A House panel yanked money from the marine highway budget that the governor had restored.

Tongass chief ends 40-year Forest Service career

Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole is retiring in April. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The man at the top of the Tongass is leaving soon. Forrest Cole will retire this spring after four decades with the U.S. Forest Service.

Walker says Prince Rupert terminal will be rebuilt

The ferry Taku loads up at the Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry terminal July 24, 2014. Rupert officials are in Juneau, lobbying for continued ferry service. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Gov. Bill Walker says he’ll continue pushing for construction of a new ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

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.