Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Bill would allow road to Prince of Wales mines

An ore sample from Niblack mine exploration. Bills before Congress would speed construction of a road linking it to the Prince of Wales Island system. Courtesy Healtherdale Resources.

A bill making it easier to build a road to Prince of Wales Island mines has gotten some attention in the nation’s Capitol. more

Latest shuttle ferry plan closes car deck

A drawing of the Alaska Class Shuttle Ferry by Elliot Bay Design. A new report estimates building two will cost $112.2 million. They will sail Lynn Canal.

The latest design for new shuttle ferries includes a covered car deck. But it doesn’t address some other concerns, such as minimal food service. more

IFA budget woes shrink

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority's Stikine sails through Ketchikan's Tongass Narrows. A new report explains its economic value to southern Southeast. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

The financial picture is improving for the Inter-Island Ferry Authority, which connects Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. more

Sealaska sells off share in plastics venture

Southeast’s regional Native corporation is out of the plastics business. Sealaska sold its share of factories in Alabama, Iowa and Guadalajara, Mexico, on Monday. more

Where will SE election boundaries end up?

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough redistricting plan for Southeast does not specify how Juneau's two districts will be split up.

The latest redistricting maps propose new political boundaries for much of Southeast Alaska. Some answer community concerns. But the final result is not going to make everyone happy. more

Incumbents win more terms on Sealaska board

Sealaska shareholders have re-elected four incumbents to their regional Native corporation’s board of directors. more

New shuttle ferry design moving ahead

There’s more information on the new shuttle ferries slated to be built at Ketchikan’s Alaska Ship and Drydock. more

Fourteen run for Sealaska’s board

Ten Sealaska shareholders are challenging four incumbents for the regional Native corporation’s board of directors. more

Feds oppose smaller Sealaska land bill

Alaska Rep. Don Young oversees a Thursday House Committee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs hearing on Sealaska land-selection legislation. Image courtesy the committee.

A new, smaller Sealaska land-selection measure faces opposition from the federal government. The legislation would transfer 3,600 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the Southeast-based regional Native corporation. more

Sealaska reports higher revenues, profits

Sealaska is making more money. Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation says it brought in almost $312 million during 2012. more