Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Budget cuts sideline Taku ferry July-September

A Petersburg fishing boat passes the ferry Taku near the entrance of Wrangell Narrows in August, 2013. Budget cuts will take the ship out of service from July through September. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A budget shuffle means most Alaska ferries will be able to sail their scheduled routes this summer. But one ship, the 600-passenger Taku, will be tied up.

New facility scales up Sitka’s Career & Tech Ed

One half of Sitka's Career & Technical Education center is devoted to auto shop, but there's also room to build a substantial boat. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The $2.9-million structure encloses a total of 8,500 square feet, and means that Sitka students can fabricate metal, work on cars and boats, or even construct small buildings while never having to step outdoors.

Gov. Walker urges public to pressure lawmakers back to work

Gov. Walker at the Blue Lake Dam dedication ceremony with city administrator Mark Gorman and Mayor Mim McConnell. Walker told reporters, "There's a $3-billion hole in the budget. We need to get on with it." (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Gov. Walker took a few minutes from his appearance at the Blue Lake Dam dedication in Sitka on Friday (5-8-15) to meet with reporters to discuss the current legislative crisis. Walker’s clearly frustrated by the standstill.

More than cookies, Girl Scouts taking registrants for day camps

girl scout of alaska avatarThe Girls Scouts of Alaska is launching this year's summer day camps for K-12 girls in Sitka, Angoon, Yakutat, and Kake. Victoria Lord, the Member Services and Program Specialist for Southern Southeast Alaska, shared the camp's "girl-led" philosophy and how to participate. Lord also discussed the upcoming Women of Science and Technology Day (WSTD) this September. Downloadable audio.

Reveal: Airing monthly on Raven Radio!


The Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program, Reveal will be airing monthly on Raven Radio! Produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, Reveal will take an in-depth look at various topics in the media. We’ll be airing a two-part special this … more

Sitkans indicted on federal drug charges

A federal grand jury in Anchorage has indicted two Sitkans on drug trafficking charges. Luke Roderick Lowe, age 36, and Marguarite Jean Keicher, age 38, were indicted on April 21 for allegedly conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Ketchikan in January of this year.

Slayers head to state roller derby tournament

11053579_1106567499358366_6241775515784166403_oSkaters with the Sitka Sound Slayers, the local roller derby team, shared their goals for the 2015 "United We Roll" Alaska State Tournament. This is the Slayers first visit to the tournament, which is May 15th - 17th at the MTA Sports Center in Palmer, Alaska. Downloadable audio.

Tess Giant encourages Sitkans to bike to work next week

downloadDoug Osborne, the Director of Health Promotion at Sitka Community Hospital, was joined by Tess Giant to share their campaign for National Bike-to-Work week. Sitkans who bike to work next week (05-11-15 to 05-15-15) can enter a raffle at Yellow Jersey Cycle Shop for a $100 gift certificate. Downloadable audio.

USFS Fisheries: Salmon top Tongass product

Sockeye swimming upstream in Yakutat. (USFS photo/Nate Catterson)The most valuable product on the Tongass National Forest is now salmon. Ron Medel, Tongass Fisheries Program Manager, has spent the last several years calculating how much Alaskan salmon is produced in the forest.

Helm: Story meets voice at Island Institute summer session

Summer Session poster_0Sally Helm, the Story Lab Coordinator with the Island Institute, came into the studio to talk about their upcoming summer session, "Story and Voice." The session will be led by Brett Dillingham, a Juneau-based storyteller and educator, from June 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015, with a culminating performance on June 6, 2015. Downloadable audio.