Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld

Medevacs face more competition, sicker patients

Airlift Northwest's Shelly Deering explains the medical equipment in a medevac Learjet. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)If you get sick – really sick – there’s a good chance you’ll end up on a flight out of town. Medical evacuations, called medevacs, are taking more and more Alaskans to in-state and Lower-48 critical-care facilities.

Shoreline search boosts evidence of early habitation

Soil scientist Dave D'Amore, right, works with students and anthropology professor Dan Monteith, left, during a dig on the University of Alaska Southeast's Juneau campus.Scientists are finding more evidence that Southeast Alaska’s first residents arrived more than 10,000 years ago. It’s coming through a new method of locating early settlements.

SE roads, terminals in budget, but no hydro

The view of Berners Bay from Cascade Point. The Juneau Access Project's Lynn Canal Highway would be built through this area. (Courtesy AKDOT)Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed capital budget has no money for Southeast Alaska hydroprojects. But it has funding for ferry terminals and a road north out of Juneau.

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.

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.

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.

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.