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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.

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.

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.

Stedman spends most for legislative travel

Sitka Sen. Bert Stedman presides over the Energy Council’s 2013 State and Provincial Trends in Energy and the Environment Conference June 21st in the North Dakota Capitol. Energy Council trips made up about 40 percent of Stedman's 2013 travel expenses.State officials recently released documents showing how much each legislator spent on travel last year. Sen. Bert Stedman is No. 1 and Rep. Peggy Wilson is No. 8.

Update: Ferry LeConte ready to sail

The ferry LeConte docks in Skagway in 2009. The ship is in drydock to repair a broken bow thruster. (J Webber/Creative Commons)The ferry LeConte will return to service at least a day later than expected. Thursday sailings have been canceled due to ongoing bow-thruster repairs.

Tree dates eruption that spewed ash across Southeast

The charcoal tree found near Sitka is 13,180 years old. (Courtesy Kitty LaBounty)We recently told you the story of an ancient, charcoal tree found beneath a pile of ash near Sitka. Tests show it's more than 13,000 years old.

Tree buried in eruption could reveal seismic secrets

Forest Service Geologist Jim Baichtal samples the charcoal tree found embedded in pumice on Kruzof Island, near Sitka. (Courtesy Kitty LaBounty)A charcoal tree found embedded in pumice could help scientists learn more about Alaska volcanoes.

Collaboration keeps contract in Kake

The village of Kake is on Keku Strait, 38 air miles northwest of Petersburg and 95 air miles southwest of Juneau. A local contractor starts soon on a Forest Service project tailored for small, local businesses. Photo by Melati Kaye.A collaborative effort involving government, environment and business interests has kept a construction contract in Kake. While it’s a small job, those involved say it’s a model that could be duplicated in other economically-strapped villages.