Southeast

JEDC helps southeast start ups with gap financing

The Juneau Economic Development Council has taken its show on the road. Its operations director, Margaret O’Neal, was in Sitka this week to talk to local entrepreneurs and offer advice on starting up a business. The council does what it calls “gap financing” – putting up the money to help startup businesses. O’Neal gave a…

Sitka students head to Kodiak for cultural exchange

A group of students from Sitka are in Kodiak this week for the second half of an exchange with the Woody Island tribe. Like many exchange programs, this one aims to foster better understanding between two cultures. But it also could help preserve traditions lost to either side, and foster healing between two cultures with…

Pilots awarded for saving damaged jet

Two Alaska Airlines pilots are being recognized for safely handling a jet last year after one of its engines exploded while taking off from Sitka. Captain Steve Cleary and First Officer Michael Hendrix won the Superior Airmanship Award from the Air Line Pilots Association Aug. 18th. Cleary and Hendrix were at the Boeing 737’s controls…

Small cruise lines send more ships to Alaska

A pair of small, high-end cruise lines are expanding their Alaska fleets. The Seattle-based companies are filling some of the void left when Cruise West went out of business about a year ago. InnerSea Discoveries already sails two small ships between Juneau and Ketchikan. Sister company American Safari sails three luxury yachts from Juneau to…

U.S. Agriculture Department official on roadless, Sealaska lands

One of the Department of Agriculture’s top officials travels through Southeast Alaska and the nation’s largest national forest over the next week. U.S. Agriculture Department Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman arrives in Juneau on Saturday and then heads to Sitka and Ketchikan over the next several days. The culmination of the trip…

2012 ferry schedule reactions mixed

JUNEAU, ALASKA (2011-08-16) Reactions to the proposed ferry schedule for next summer are mixed. In general, communities like more service and dislike reductions. But it’s not that simple. The draft of 2012’s May-through-September sailing plan alters the fast ferry Fairweather’s routes. One change has the ship stop in Angoon twice a week during its Juneau-Sitka…

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