Southeast News

Marine debris barge to skip Southeast

A Coast Guard helicopter lifts one of several bags of marine debris collected in 2014 on Biorka Island, near Sitka. (Photo courtesy Sitka Sound Science Center)The barge picking up marine debris from Alaska's coastline will skip Southeast. Regional communities are sticking with existing disposal agreements.

Landless Natives bill gets first hearing in Congress

U.S. Rep. Don Young poses in his office with Sealaska board member Richard Rinehart, left, and landless spokesman Leo Barlow, right. Barlow and Reinhart were lobbying this week for Young’s landless Natives legislation. (Photo courtest Don Young’s office.)Haines, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and Tenakee were left out of 1971’s Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which gave land, money and corporate status to many other communities. The new bill tries to change that.

Former Coast Guard commander to head cruise group

Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, Coast Guard District 17 commander, speaks to KJNO radio station listeners during a live interview Feb. 10, 2012. (USCG photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)Former Alaska Coast Guard Commander Thomas Ostebo takes over July 6 as CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association. He'll advocate for an industry he once regulated.

Arctic adviser: Rigid regs worsen climate change impacts

Craig Fleener, Gov. Walker's Arctic policy adviser, addresses the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society at Juneau's Centennial Hall on Wedensday. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Craig Fleener, the governor's Arctic policy head, says communities could better adjust to climate change if hunting and fishing rules become more flexible.

Climate change, subsistence on Native group’s agenda

NAFWSThe Native American Fish and Wildlife Society meets in Juneau May 20-22. Tribal experts will discuss climate change, subsistence and Arctic policy.

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.

Ferry Chenega’s return to service delayed

2-21-14 Chenega in drydock at Ketchikan ShipyardSitka and Juneau will lose a week of fast ferry sailings this month. The Chenega will return to Southeast service May 14, a week later than scheduled.

Public broadcasting budget cut almost 25 percent

Juneau's KTOO building houses radio, online and TV operations funded in part by the state. Legislative budget cuts will hit public broadcasters throughout the state beginning in July.Alaska’s public broadcasters dodged a bullet when the Legislature’s regular session ended Monday.

Public media cuts could end local programming

8-16-13 KFSK buildingSome Alaska public broadcasters would have to give up local programming if the state Senate’s budget cuts go through.

Capital budget cuts spare Southeast projects

140708_Crescent_Harbor-KCAW 300x225The state Senate’s capital budget for fiscal year 2016 includes new harbor and energy projects for Southeast Alaska. But there are no funds for Petersburg or Wrangell.