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B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett discusses the week’s mine meetings as Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and other state officials listen during a Wednesday press conference in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News).

BC official says they’re open to more mine treaty talks

British Columbia’s top mining official says he’s open to involving his federal government in transboundary mine conflicts. That’s a change from earlier statements.

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August 27, 2015
State ferries to increase cancellation fees

State ferries to increase cancellation fees

The Alaska Marine Highway System will soon charge more for canceling reservations.

August 26, 2015
BC minister: Tulsequah Chief Mine leak should be fixed

BC minister: Tulsequah Chief Mine leak should be fixed

British Columbia’s top mine official says the Canadian province needs to address pollution pouring out of an abandoned tunnel east of Juneau.

August 25, 2015
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)

New science shows Sitka geologically separate from rest of Alaska

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. The new information expands scientists’ understanding of what’s going on beneath Alaska’s surface.

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August 24, 2015
BC officials to visit Alaska for transboundary mine dialogue

BC officials to visit Alaska for transboundary mine dialogue

British Columbia officials travel to Southeast Alaska next week to discuss concerns about transboundary mines.

August 21, 2015
Elizabeth Peratrovich was a Tlingit civil rights activist. Photo courtesy Governor Walker's office.

Governor Nominates Elizabeth Peratrovich As The Face of the $10 Bill

The Walker-Mallott administration has nominated a Tlingit civil-rights leader to be on the new $10 bill.

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August 14, 2015
Earthquake swarm hits Yakutat

Earthquake swarm hits Yakutat

About 30 earthquakes have hit the Yakutat area this week. The Gulf of Alaska city, about 250 miles northwest of Juneau, is in a fault zone and quakes aren’t unusual.

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August 14, 2015
Earthquake swarm hits Yakutat

Earthquake swarm hits Yakutat

About 30 earthquakes have hit the Yakutat area this week. The Gulf of Alaska city, about 250 miles northwest of Juneau, is in a fault zone and quakes aren’t unusual.

August 13, 2015
The ferry Aurora docks in Gustavus in 2010. It’s now in Ketchikan for hull repairs and its annual overhaul. (Photo by Alaska Department of Transportation)

Hull Crack Forces Ferry Aurora Out of Service Early for Repairs

The ferry Aurora is out of service a week earlier than expected. A small crack was found last week in its hull. The Coast Guard ordered repairs be made before it resumes passenger service on its Prince William Sound route.

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August 11, 2015
Cruise Lines Cited For Violating Air Regulations

Cruise Lines Cited For Violating Air Regulations

Seven major cruise lines face penalties for polluting the air while sailing Alaska waters.

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August 10, 2015
Unified voice needed for federal response to BC mines

Unified voice needed for federal response to BC mines

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott says Alaskans need a unified voice to push the federal government to question mines across the border in British Columbia.

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August 7, 2015
Tribes to get voice in state transboundary mine work

Tribes to get voice in state transboundary mine work

State government will formally involve tribal groups in its transboundary mining work. Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott made that commitment Wednesday while meeting in Juneau with Southeast Native leaders.

August 6, 2015
Construction to start at Brucejack Mine in British Columbia

Construction to start at Brucejack Mine in British Columbia

Construction of another British Columbia mine near a river that flows into Alaska could begin within a month. But it’s a small operation sparking fewer concerns on this side of the border than some other projects.

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August 4, 2015
Feds ask cruise ships, boats to stay farther away from seals

Feds ask cruise ships, boats to stay farther away from seals

Federal officials are asking cruise ships, tour boats and kayaks to stay far away from harbor seals in Alaska’s glacial fjords. The marine mammals rest, sleep and birth their pups on floating ice. NOAA Fisheries says new research shows the marine mammals are much more likely to dive into the water when vessels approach the current legal limit.

July 30, 2015
BC tribal protest stops mine exploration, for now

BC tribal protest stops mine exploration, for now

Developers of a mine on a Taku River tributary have stopped work after an on-site protest by a British Columbia tribal government. The Taku enters the ocean near Juneau.

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July 29, 2015
Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, center, holds a press conference May 4 with B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett and Environment Minister Mary Polak. Bennett will meet on transboundary mine issues with officials in Juneau Aug. 22-24. (Photo courtesy B.C. government)

Mallott: US-Canada Commission Won’t Take Up BC Mines

Alaska critics of British Columbia mines probably won’t get any help from a cross-boundary panel they’ve asked to take on their concerns.

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July 24, 2015
Southeast Pleas For Restored Ferry Service; AHMS Skeptical, Citing Dwindling Coffers

Southeast Pleas For Restored Ferry Service; AHMS Skeptical, Citing Dwindling Coffers

Southeast Alaska community leaders hope to restore or adjust some parts of the proposed ferry schedule for this fall, winter and spring. That’s the word from most of those testifying Wednesday morning during a teleconferenced Alaska Marine Highway System public hearing.

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July 22, 2015
B.C. Withholds Key Permit from Transboundary Mine

B.C. Withholds Key Permit from Transboundary Mine

British Columbia officials are delaying permits for an open-pit mine near a river that flows into the ocean south of Ketchikan. They say Pacific Booker Minerals has not proved it can keep toxic water out of nearby waterways. The developer says it has.

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July 22, 2015
Marine debris barge to skip Southeast

Marine debris barge to skip Southeast

The large barge picking up marine debris from the Gulf of Alaska coast is skipping Southeast. A month-long helicopter-and-barge operation will remove stored trash, much from 2011’s Japanese tsunami.

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July 21, 2015
This aerial image shows the Aug. 5, 2014, Mount Polley Mine tailings dam break and some of the damage downstream. The mine just won permission to reopen on a limited basis. (Photo courtesy Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre)

BC’s Mount Polley Mine to Re-Open After 2014 Dam Breach

A British Columbia mine that’s become a symbol of mineral extraction’s environmental threats will reopen next month. Provincial officials on Thursday granted the Mount Polley Mine conditional approval to resume limited operations.

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July 10, 2015