Southeast 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.

Sealaska sending $16 million to shareholders

(Graphic courtesy Sealaska.com)Sealaska Corp.'s approximately 22,000 tribal members will each get between $129 and $1,082, depending on their status.

Aging Southeast: Older residents impact region’s economy

Haines physical therapist Marnie Hartman works with 92-year-old patient Marge Ward. Hartman said most of her business comes from people 65 and older. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)Many of Southeast's seniors get breaks on property and sales taxes. But they also bring money into the economy, often without tying up jobs.

Council takes over foster care for region’s Native children

State Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson and Tlingit-Haida Central Council President Richard Peterson embrace after signing an agreement transfering foster care and other programs for Southeast Native children to the council. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The largest tribal government in Southeast Alaska now has authority over foster care and other services for Native children facing abuse or neglect.

Southeast lawmakers split on Walker budget plan

Reps. Cathy Muñoz, center, and Sam Kito, right, listed as Sen. Dennis Egan makes a point. The three Juneau lawmakers make up half of Southeast’s legislative delegation. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)Southeast Alaska lawmakers are giving Gov. Bill Walker’s spending plan mixed reviews. Some are ready to change the way government is funded, while others are not.

Southeast’s year in review: ferries, logging and mining

Three ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The year 2015 saw the beginnings of major changes to the Alaska Marine Highway, the Tongass National Forest and the possible future of transboundary mines.

Ferries keep old underage travel rules, for now

0414_marine_highway_brightened_1200x900 kids on ferry - AMHSThe Alaska Marine Highway System is not changing its rules for children traveling solo anytime soon. Rules proposed a year ago have not been implemented.

Alaskans say the ferry system is worth the cost

Students protest cuts in the marine highway system budget at the Kake ferry terminal last March. (Photo courtesy Adam Davis/Sustainable Southeast Partnership)Coastal Alaskans told state officials why the ferry system needs to be maintained during a meeting Friday (10-23-15) afternoon in Sitka.

State cuts could close one Sitka harbor

140708_Crescent_Harbor-KCAW 300x225If budget cuts eliminate a state matching-grant program for marine facilities, Sitka could have to close one of its boat harbors. At least three are scheduled for work over the next 10 years.

Feds: B.C. mines won’t go before international commission

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Anchorage Aug. 30. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, in suit, and First Lady Donna Walker are among those greeting the secretary. (Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Walker)The U.S. State Department will not propose putting Southeast Alaska’s transboundary mine conflict before the International Joint Commission. That’s the U.S.-Canada panel that addresses cross-border water issues.