Tag Archives: Southeast Conference

SE Conference brainstorms a fix for Alaska’s ferries

Robert Venables is the former city manager of Haines. He says that the legislature understands that "there's a true sense of crisis" in the system. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)Governor Bill Walker earlier this year empowered the Southeast Conference to look for solutions to the Alaska Marine Highway’s ongoing problems. Robert Venables explains how.

Summit kicks off ferry management study

Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)An effort to restructure the Alaska Marine Highway System begins Aug. 20 at a summit in Anchorage.

State, Southeast group to reconsider ferry system

5-19-16 Squarer - Walker, White shake hands after MOU is signedThe state and a regional development group are combining forces to develop a new business and management plan for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Should some state ferry routes be privatized?

The ferry Matanuska sails into Juneau's Auke Bay in 2012. Changing its route could help Sitka boost summer ferry service. (File photo)Sen. Peter Micciche says parts of the Alaska Marine Highway should be privatized. The system's top official says he's willing to consider it.

Sitka’s fish-to-schools a ‘success story’ at foods conference

Farm&FishSitka’s Fish-to-Schools program will be one of the featured presentations this week at a regional meeting on sustainable food systems.

Art is big business in Southeast Alaska

The Sitka Summer Music Festival is part of Southeast Alaska's arts economy, which generated about $60 million in spending in 2013. Here, Artistic Director Zuill Bailey explains some musical backstories at 2014's final concert. (KCAW photo/Greta Mart)What are the arts worth to Southeast Alaska? A new economic study says at least $60 million a year in business.

Is the Tongass key to slowing climate change?

A clearcut north of Angoon is green with small second-growth trees. Environmental groups are calling for an end to old-growth clearcuts. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)The Tongass National Forest is in the crosshairs of environmental organizations again. Two large coalitions are pressuring the Obama administration to stop all old-growth logging, in part to fight climate change.

Parnell: Gas line should help coastal communities

Gov. Sean Parnell talks about Southeast issues during the Southeast Conference's Mid-Session Summit Jan. 12, 2014. He wants the gas line's benefits to be shared with coastal communities. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Gov. Sean Parnell wants to get natural gas to Alaska’s coastal communities. He says a gas line and LNG plant could benefit more than the Railbelt.

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 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.