Tag Archives: Southeast Alaska

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. more

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. more

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. more

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. more

Groups go after invasive weed on Admiralty Island

Angoon Community Association Watershed Crew Leader Calvin Washington looks for invasive black bindweed in Whitewater Bay. Photo courtesy SEACC.

There’s an effort underway to eradicate a Lower 48 weed that’s choking off plant life in part of Southeast Alaska. Three organizations combined forces to pull black bindweed from a beach. more

Advisory panel chimes in on transportation plan

The mainline ferry Kennicott pulls out of Whittier as fishermen watch. Ed Schoenfeld photo.

Alaska’s ferry advisory panel wants a few changes in Southeast’s transportation system. That could include new roads, such as one across Baranof Island from Sitka, that would shorten ferry routes more