Tag Archives: Southeast Alaska

Most incumbents do well in Southeast primaries

I voted stickerTuesday’s primary election was pretty low-key in Southeast Alaska. The real battle for state House and Senate candidates will come during the general election. But a few trends emerged.

Who is on Tuesday’s Southeast primary ballots?

Southeast Alaska's House districts are 33, 34, 35 and 36. The Senate districts, which each include two House districts, are Q and R. (Map courtesy Alaska Redistricting Board)Southeast Alaska's four House and two Senate districts have no primary contests this year. Two have no contests at all.

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: ‘Silver Tsunami’ hits the region

1-28-16 Mary Lou Spartz 1 Wide shotSoutheast Alaska is growing older faster than any other region in the state. This so-called “Silver Tsunami” is expanding the need for housing, transportation, healthcare and social services.

New Southeast, Southwest transportation chief named

Mike Coffey takes over as Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Southcoast Region director Oct. 1. (Photo courtesy DOTPF)Mike Coffey, a longtime Department of Transportation manager, will soon be in charge of the agency’s Southeast and Southwest Alaska operations.

Sitka geologically separate from rest of Alaska

Geologist Susan Karl points to faults shown on a new geologic map of Baranof Island, in Southeast Alaska. It reflects the discovery that the island's bedrock is different from that of other parts of the region. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sitka sits on a different chunk of the Earth’s crust than the rest of Alaska. Decades of scientific research have led to a report and map showing where the faults lie.

Southeast votes for Walker, Begich, Dunbar

U.S. Senator Mark Begich speaks to Sitka resident Dirk White at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sen. Mark Begich would be headed back to Washington, D.C., had the rest of the state voted like Southeast. Bill Walker would have solidly won the governor’s race. And Forrest Dunbar would have probably squeaked by.

Southeast population, payroll hit record highs

Source: Sheinberg Associates/Southeast Conference.Southeast Alaska has more residents – and more jobs – than ever. That’s according to a report released during the Southeast Conference’s annual meeting in Sitka.

Sitka barge line plans Southeast expansion

A Samson barge departs Seattle for Alaska on May 6th. Image Copyright © Samson Tug and Barge, used with permission.A Sitka-based barge line hopes to return to serving Southeast by the end of the year. It depends on a shipping-industry shuffle, where a much larger company is trying to absorb its chief competitor.

Forest compromise group ends work

A logged area of Admiralty Island sandwiched between stands of old-growth forest regrows. Logging and environmental protection were among the issues the Tongass Futures Roundtable tried to address.The Tongass Futures Roundtable is shutting down. The organization tried to resolve Southeast Alaska forest-issue conflicts.