Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska

Sealaska to announce board, term limits vote

Sealaska Plaza is the location of the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters.  Shareholders are casting ballots to fill five board of directors seats.  (File photo/KTOO)Sealaska shareholders will learn the results of the regional Native corporation's election during its annual meeting, set for Saturday in Ketchikan.

This year’s PILT funding levels announced

The Tongass National Forest makes up most of Southeast Alaska (Courtesy U.S. Forest Service)Ketchikan and POW are among the Alaska communities to receive payments this year through the federal Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILT, program, distributed by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Ketchikan swimmer traverses Wrangell Narrows

Fog blankets Britta Adams and Mike Schuler as Adams swims through the Wrangell Narrows.(Photo by Mark Adams)Not too many people like to go for a swim in the chilling open waters of Southeast Alaska. But, Ketchikan’s Britta Adams braved the cold ocean and strong tides recently to swim more than 10 miles of the rocky Wrangell Narrows.

Boro won’t require federal compliance for pot shops

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)In a split vote Monday, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly rejected an ordinance that would have added more restrictive requirements to marijuana businesses than mandated by the state, including larger buffer zones and a rule that marijuana businesses not violate federal law regarding the transportation of pot.

Borough celebrates clean-energy heat for airport

Andrew Haden of Wisewood, Inc., a Portland-based design firm, explains how the Ketchikan Airport's biomass boiler works. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The new biomass wood-pellet system is whisper-quiet, environmentally friendly and, officials say, will save the Ketchikan Gateway Borough money in the long term.

Assembly to vote on pot-transportation rules

A 5 percent sales tax on pot is before the Ketchikan City Council tonight. (KRBD file photo)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has scheduled a public hearing and second vote for Monday on an ordinance that would amend the borough’s pot regulations, including restrictions on transporting marijuana.

City Council: Try again for ADA cab proposals

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanThe Ketchikan City Council agreed Thursday to give local taxi companies another chance to submit proposals to operate wheelchair-accessible cabs. The Council also heard an update on Berth 3 repairs, and finalized a 5-percent sales tax on retail marijuana.

Dems: Murkowski sinks bill with riders

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (KRBD file photo)U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, through her assignment on the Appropriations Committee, is charged with writing a bill that funds the Interior Department and a wide swath of the federal government. The committee passed her bill today, but a Democratic leader says it’s unlikely to see the full Senate.

Hospital officials: Addition will improve care

HospitalHospital officials hope that the building’s new multi-million-dollar addition will help them attract good employees and keep them. And keeping those employees makes a difference to the service provided.

Alaska delegation works to delay Tongass change

Remains of a Tongass clear-cut and logging road north of Ketchikan. New growth in parts of the forest could be cut to jump-start a modern timber industry, a report says. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Congressman Don Young are working on separate bills to block a change in management of the Tongass National Forest.