Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Voter-ID bill still drawing opposition

A bill adding new voter identification requirements could go to the full House before the Legislature adjourns Sunday. more

THCC President Thomas will leave post in 2014

4-3-13 cropped for KTOO THCC's Ed Thomas at Native Issues Forum 2

Tlingit-Haida Central Council President Ed Thomas will retire when his term ends next year. more

Southeast teams in Juneau for Gold Medal

A Hoonah team member takes a foul shot during Monday's game with Yakutat. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld.

The Gold Medal Basketball Tournament is happening in Juneau this week. more

SEACC backs Sealaska bill, 9 towns oppose it

Point Baker, left, and Port Protection, right, are on the northwest coast of Prince of Wales Island. Residents oppose Sen. Lisa Murkowski's Sealaska lands-selection bill. Photo by Joe Viechnicki/KFSK

SEACC has endorsed the latest Sealaska land-selection legislation. But nine Southeast towns strongly oppose the measure. more

Shuttle plans lambasted at legislative hearing

New shuttle ferry plans were roundly criticized during a legislative hearing Tuesday, though there was some support. more

Update: Legislators, advisory board critique shuttle-ferry design

This drawing compares the proposed vessel with two other AMHS ferries. Image courtesy Coastwise Corp.

Some lawmakers are questioning plans for a pair of a shuttle ferries that will provide service in northern Southeast Alaska. They’re expected to be built at the Ketchikan shipyard. more

Preliminary shuttle ferry plan released

2-26-13 ferry plans top

New Lynn Canal shuttle ferries to be built in Ketchikan will be 280 feet long, seat about 300 passengers and operate no more than 12 hours a day. more

Albert Kookesh remains hospitalized in Anchorage

Then-Sen. Albert Kookesh addressed a 2011 Native Issues Forum audience in Juneau. He remains hospitalized in Anchorage after suffering a heart attack. Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska photo.

An Alaska Native leader and former lawmaker remained in the hospital Tuesday after suffering a heart attack Monday in Juneau. more

Expert: Southeast cluster initiative working

Patrick Quinton, executive director of the Portland Development Commission. He addressed the Southeast Innovation Summit in Juneau. Photo courtesy PDC.

A Pacific Northwest development expert says Southeast leaders are on the right track toward improving the region’s economy. more

Bill would lessen cruise ship discharge standards

This poster illustrating cruise ship wastewater treatment was displayed at a Sept. 20, 2012, science panel open house.

The Parnell Administration wants to change another part of the 2006 cruise ship initiative. Bills introduced at the governor’s request would effectively allow more chemicals and minerals to be released into the water. Backers say the levels would still be safe. more