Southeast News

Tongass transition plan may run short on timber

2-17-15 CROPPED Fisherman Kirk Hardcastle and Juneau Assemblymember Kate Troll review a report during the Tongass Advisory Committee meeting Feb. 17 in Juneau.A new forecast says current plans for logging younger Tongass trees will not provide enough wood to maintain the region’s timber industry. But a more aggressive approach might.

New Sealaska logging sites near earlier cuts

1-20-15 Sealaska Vice President and General Counsel Jaeleen Araujo, front row right, describes Tongass land being tranferred to the regional Native corporation under terms of recently-passed legislation. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Sealaska says it will begin logging its new lands later this year. The first parcels cut will be on Prince of Wales Island and the Cleveland Peninsula.

Marc Luiken is state’s new transportation commissioner

8-19-11 Marc Luiken at Jno C of C horiz widerThere’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing roads, airports and ferries.

Tongass committee chafes at early deadline

Industry representative Wade Zammit discusses forest transition issues during a Jan. 20 meeting at Juneau’s Aspen Hotel. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Members of the Tongass Advisory Committee are unhappy with Forest Service efforts to speed up their work.

A sigh of relief from travel-convention organizers

Convention Floor croppedWhat happens when you have 400 guests in town at the biggest convention Sitka has ever seen and the main water main into town breaks?

Tour industry, visitor bureaus to meet in Sitka

Cruise-ship tourists view Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier from a sand bar. The glacier is one of the most popular stops in the capital city.Leaders of Alaska’s visitors’ industry will gather in Sitka Oct. 7-10 for the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s annual conference.

7 things you may not know about Alaska Airlines

6-10-12 Alaska Airlines jet at Juneau Airport 31) Two-thirds of Alaskans belong to the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. And there's more.

Development group pushes new Tongass approach

Second- or young-growth trees cover a Tongass National Forest hillside in southern Southeast Alaska. A proposal from the Southeast Conference could use newer forested areas to replace old-growth habitat. (CoastAlaska News photo.)The Southeast Conference wants to change the way the Tongass National Forest is managed.

Southeast leaders consider region’s maritime industry

The Ketchikan Shipyard is a big part of Southeast's maritime industry, which will be discussed at this year's Southeast Conference meeting. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)About 250 Southeast business, government and nonprofit leaders will gather in Sitka Sept. 17-19.

Huna Totem may build own dock without city grant

Johan Dybdahl, Icy Strait Point director of special projects, talks about the area's history as a cruise ship is anchored behind him. Huna Totem Corp. owns the attraction.Hoonah’s village Native corporation may build its own cruise-ship dock, bypassing a city effort funded by the Legislature.