Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

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

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

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

Cruise season short of million-passenger mark

The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait Sept. 26 on its final voyage of the season. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

This year’s Alaska cruise-ship season has ended. Close to a million passengers sailed through Southeast this summer, with many traveling on to points north and west. more

Carnival ships installing air-pollution “scrubbers”

The Holland America Cruise Ship Westerdam prepares to dock in Juneau July 16, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

The world’s largest cruise corporation will soon install new pollution-control equipment on 32 of its ships. Carnival, Princess and Holland-America vessels sailing Alaska waters are likely to be among those getting the gear more

Hydaburg Head Start program ends, others shorten year

Hydaburg is losing its Head Start program. It’s one response to sequestration, which cut the federal preschool education and screening program. more

Computer crash delays Alaska flights

An Alaska Airlines jet waits for boarding at the Juneau Airport last September. Monday's Alaska Flight 69 from Seattle was stuck at Ketchikan's airport for about an hour due to the computer outage. File photo.

Flights to and from Alaska were among those affected by a recent international computer system breakdown. more