Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News, and Maria Dudzac, KRBD

City council OK’s hydropower talks

The Whitman Lake dam. (Alaska Energy Authority photo)Ketchikan’s City Council has OK’d a plan to negotiate the sale of the Whitman Lake hydropower project.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Alaska, Canada paddlers link two Metlakatlas

The Gathering Strength Canoe Journey paddlers during their trip from Metlakatla, B.C., and Metlakatla, Alaska. Photo courtesy Canoe Journey Facebook page.Six traditional canoes have retraced a historic Tsimshian route from British Columbia’s northern coast to southern Southeast Alaska.

Senate considers cruise passenger rights bill

7-23-13 The Diamond Princess cruise ship ties up in Juneau's Gastineau Channel on Tuesday.Does the cruise industry do enough to keep passengers safe? And how do we know if they don’t? Those were among the questions asked at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee meeting on Wednesday.

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.