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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

Canadian Environmental Officials Give OK to Mine NE of Ketchikan

Canadian environmental officials just gave provisional approval to a controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan. Their counterparts in British Columbia have done the same.

July 23, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Critics Say Canadian Mining Projects Could Damage Regional Fisheries

Canadian investors are putting millions of new dollars into mining projects near the Southeast Alaska border. They include the KSM and Tulsequah Chief prospects, which critics say could damage regional fisheries.

July 22, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Entrepreneurs Get Second Chance for Awards

Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs are getting a second chance to win $40,000 to develop regional businesses. It’s part of a partnership involving a Native corporation and a conservation group that made its first awards last year.

July 14, 2014 - 4:05 pm
Soboleff Wins Sealaska Board Seat, Nelson Becomes Chairman

Soboleff Wins Sealaska Board Seat, Nelson Becomes Chairman

The regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska has a new CEO, a new board chairman and a new board member. Leaders of Juneau-headquartered Sealaska are following a direction set by their predecessors. But they promise some changes, following a recent board election.

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July 2, 2014 - 5:30 pm
How will Sealaska Solve its Money Problems?

How will Sealaska Solve its Money Problems?

Sealaska holds its annual shareholders’ meeting Saturday near Seattle. A new CEO will take over, as will a new board chairman or woman. And, at least one new board member will be seated.

All will face the challenges of a new economic reality. The Juneau-based regional Native corporation has been losing money and plans for recovery are uncertain.

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June 26, 2014 - 5:26 pm
B.C. Developers Defend Near-Border Mines

B.C. Developers Defend Near-Border Mines

Plans for mines in northwest British Columbia, just across Alaska’s border, are being blasted by tribal, fishing and environmental groups in Southeast Alaska. Critics say they’ll pollute rivers that cross the border, damaging or destroying salmon and other fish runs. But what do we hear from the mining side of the story?

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June 18, 2014 - 5:27 pm
B.C. Mine Developers Defend Near-Border Projects

B.C. Mine Developers Defend Near-Border Projects

We’ve heard a lot about mines planned for northwest British Columbia, just across Alaska’s border. Southeast tribal, fishing and environmental groups have blasted those plans. Critics say they’ll pollute rivers that cross the border, damaging or destroying salmon and other fish runs. But we haven’t heard a lot from mine advocates. Now, we have.

June 17, 2014 - 11:38 am
(Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Large crowd greets Celebration paddlers

Dozens of paddlers from Yakutat to Metlakatla and places in between landed their canoes on a Juneau beach on their way to the Southeast Native cultural festival Celebration 2014. More than 500 people waded into the water or watched from the shore as the paddlers ended their journey Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of others lined a nearby causeway or cheered from parks and bridges along the route. We spoke with some of the paddlers and recorded some of the songs and filed this audio post card.

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June 12, 2014 - 3:50 pm
Critics Question Sealaska Ballot

Critics Question Sealaska Ballot

Four Sealaska board of directors candidates say the regional Native corporation’s balloting process violates a recent court ruling. Sealaska says it’s not a problem. The Alaska Supreme Court decision came in a case involving CIRI, the regional Native corporation for the Cook Inlet area.

June 9, 2014 - 10:06 am
Pat Henry, right, and Bob Banghart, left, performing as We’re Still Here. The two are the only musicians to have performed at all 40 festivals. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau)

AK: A Musical Celebration

Alaskans have had some big anniversaries this year: The ‘64 earthquake and the Exxon Valdez oil spill among them. Acoustic musicians celebrated their own anniversary last month in Juneau: the Alaska Folk Festival’s 40th. The week of concerts attracts hundreds of singers, pickers and strummers and thousands of fans from around the state.

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May 30, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Anthony Mallott Named CEO of Sealaska

A second generation of Mallotts is taking over the helm at Sealaska. The regional Native corporation’s board of directors named Anthony Mallott as president and CEO during a shareholders’ meeting Tuesday night in Anchorage. He’s the son of former CEO and long-time board member Byron Mallott, who’s running for governor as a Democrat.

May 28, 2014 - 5:06 pm
Discretionary Voting Before Sealaska Shareholders

Discretionary Voting Before Sealaska Shareholders

A measure before Sealaska shareholders could alter the way board elections are held. And that could bring leadership changes.

The measure comes as 13 shareholders compete for four board seats in the Southeast Alaska regional Native corporation’s annual election.

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May 23, 2014 - 4:19 pm
Sealaska Reports $35 Million Net Loss Last Year

Sealaska Reports $35 Million Net Loss Last Year

Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation says it had a net loss of $35 million last year. Sealaska’s 2013 annual report says three-quarters of the loss came from its construction subsidiary. It badly underestimated the cost of two building projects in Hawaii.

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May 15, 2014 - 11:11 am

Tongass Fire Warning Rescinded

The risk of fires in Southeast’s Tongass National Forest has dropped. A warning was issued last week as warm, sunny weather dried out grass and underbrush.

May 13, 2014 - 11:52 am
Mallott Leaving Sealaska To Focus On Campaign

Mallott Leaving Sealaska To Focus On Campaign

Bryon Mallott will leave Sealaska’s board of directors next month to spend more time campaigning for governor. He’s served on the Juneau-based regional Native corporation’s governing body – or been its CEO – since 1972.

May 6, 2014 - 11:07 am
Peggy Wilson Ending Long Legislative Career

Peggy Wilson Ending Long Legislative Career

One of Southeast’s longest-serving lawmakers is retiring. Peggy Wilson says she will not seek re-election to her Wrangell-based House district.

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May 1, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Sealaska Spring Dividends Reflect Zero Corporate Earnings

Sealaska Corp. does not appear to be making much – if any – money. The regional Native corporation’s spring distribution to shareholders, which is basically a dividend, includes no corporate revenues.

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April 7, 2014 - 11:48 pm
Sealaska Dividends Include No Corporate Earnings

Sealaska Dividends Include No Corporate Earnings

The spring dividend for most Sealaska shareholders will be $721, but some will receive less than a tenth of that amount.

April 4, 2014 - 10:28 am
Court: Reinstate Tongass Roadless Rule Exemption

Court: Reinstate Tongass Roadless Rule Exemption

A federal appeals court issued an opinion today saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

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March 26, 2014 - 5:20 pm
The Niblack, shown above, and the Bokan-Dotson mines would get financing help from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority under Senate Bill 99. (Heatherdale Resources image)

Bill Would Help Fund Two Southeast Mines

Two Southeast Alaska mines could get close to $300 million in state support under a bill moving through the Legislature.

March 24, 2014 - 10:24 am