Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Ferry fares rise for third time in a year

Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)It’s costing 10 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower-48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.

Assembly considers opening boats to tourists

IMG_5095On Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Assembly considered allowing rentals, on a conditional use basis, in Sitka’s municipal harbors and slips. They also received an update on branding for tourists and firmed up zoning laws for marijuana business.

Little scientists examine ecosystems in bioblitz

IMG_5054How many things live in our backyard, and how are they connected? That’s what little scientists were trying to discover during a Junior BioBlitz on Wednesday. The kids tromped in muskeg and listened to birds during the daylong survey of ecosystems.

‘Alaskans Own’ expands to Fairbanks

AlaskansOwnSeafood_logoAlaska Longline Fishermen's Association (ALFA) director Linda Behnken and project manager Anya Grenier say the association's community-supported fishery is poised for growth. "Alaska's Own" will be supplying product directly from fishermen to Fairbanks beginning this year. The expansion is made possible by a grant from Northwest Farm Credit Services. Downloadable audio.

Sitka drivers told: Hands off your cell phone

Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. (Photo courtesy of Her Campus Media)Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. The policy is intended to reduce distracted driving and prevent accidents.

Scholarship program boosts training for Native teachers

Juneau's Joshua Jackson earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education in the PITAAS program. (UAS photo)While 15-percent of the state’s population is Alaska Native, under five-percent of its teachers are. PITAAS grooms future teachers and administrators while they’re still in college.

Sitka schools tap reserves to restore teaching jobs next year

kgh sign feaThe Sitka School Board has balanced its budget and returned two teaching positions to the payroll, but the district’s finances are far from secure.

Young performers find depth in ‘A Night of One Acts’

Addie Poulson (l.) and Esther Burdick appear in YPT's 2015 performance of 'Peter Pan.' (SFAC photo)The Young Performers Theater at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp will stage four one-act plays 7 PM Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, at 2 PM and 7 PM at the Odess Theater. Downloadable audio.

STA manager resigns

IMG_7124Lawrence SpottedBird worked with the tribal government for two years and announced his resignation to STA on Tuesday (4-26-16). His last day will be June 30.

Residents past HPR’s 4000-block advised to boil water

The city's Water Division repaired a water main break on Halibut Point Road today (4-28-16). (Photo courtesy of Public Works Department)The city will begin repairs on a 12" water main that is leaking on Halibut Point Road on Thursday, April 28th and shut off water at 10 a.m. until further notice.