Southeast News

State, Southeast group to reconsider ferry system

5-19-16 Squarer - Walker, White shake hands after MOU is signedThe state and a regional development group are combining forces to develop a new business and management plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Term limits, dropped incumbent on Sealaska ballot

A resolution calling for term limits is before Sealaska's 22,000 shareholders.Sealaska shareholders are deciding whether to impose term limits on the corporation’s board. They're also considering nine candidates for four board seats.

Sealaska invests in Seattle fish processing plant

Sealaska Plaza is the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters. Officials say winter dividends will be paid around Dec. 5. (Heather Bryant/KTOO)Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation is back in the seafood business. Sealaska announced the purchase of a minority share of a Seattle processing plant Monday.

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.