Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau
Ed Schoenfeld is Regional News Director for CoastAlaska, a consortium of public radio stations in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell. He primarily covers Southeast Alaska regional topics, including the state ferry system, transboundary mining, the Tongass National Forest and Native corporations and issues. He has also worked as a manager, editor and reporter for the Juneau Empire newspaper and Juneau public radio station KTOO. He’s also reported for commercial station KINY in Juneau and public stations KPFA in Berkley, WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and WUHY in Philadelphia. He’s lived in Alaska since 1979 and is a contributor to Alaska Public Radio Network newscasts, the Northwest (Public Radio) News Network and National Native News. He is a board member of the Alaska Press Club. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he lives in Douglas.

A new gold mine has gone into production near British Columbia’s border with Southeast Alaska, one of several prospects under exploration near creeks or rivers that flow into the region.

The Douglas Indian Association wants you to know its traditional territory stretches far beyond its namesake city and island. A recent boat tour covered some of the T’aaḵu Kwáan’s lands. Listen now

The British Columbia government has decided to not file charges in the Mount Polley Mine disaster. Listen now

The U.S. Forest Service could put the brakes on a state plan to store contaminated soil near a Wrangell recreation area. Listen now

More tourists will come to Alaska next summer on cruise ships. Listen now

Alaskans have until the end of the month to tell the Marine Highway System what they think of its fall, winter and spring sailing plans. Listen now

A fungus that’s damaged trees in Southcentral and Interior Alaska has been discovered for the first time in Southeast. But there’s a chance its spread could be stopped. Listen now

Wrangell has a new agreement with its unionized workers. If approved by the Borough Assembly, it will end three years of sometimes acrimonious talks over wages and benefits. Listen now

Someone is interested in buying the retired ferry Taku. As a result, the Alaska Marine Highway System is giving interested parties an extra week and a half to submit bids. Listen now

Senator Lisa Murkowski was one of just four of the Senate's 52 Republicans to make a public appearance over the fourth of July. She spoke with constituents about healthcare. Listen now

Wrangell officials have pulled out of contact talks with the union representing municipal workers. Listen now

Southeast Alaska tribal groups are calling for cleanup of British Columbia’s long-abandoned Tulsequah Chief Mine. Listen now

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Wrangell Borough officials are returning to the bargaining table. Listen now
Sealaska Plaza, the corporation's headquarters.

The management slate won this year’s Sealaska board election. Three incumbents and a newcomer who ran with them beat out eight independent candidates. Listen now

Wrangell’s municipal employees’ union has authorized a strike. But one of its leaders said members don’t really want to.
Sealaska Plaza, the corporation's headquarters.

Should Southeast’s regional Native corporation shrink its governing board? That’s a question before Sealaska’s more than 22,000 shareholders. Management opposes the change. Listen now

The price is dropping for the state ferry Taku. Alaska Marine Highway System General Manager John Falvey said no one submitted a bid during the most recent sale attempt, which ended May 31st.

No one wants to buy the state ferry Taku. So, officials are lowering its price. Listen now

The man overseeing the Alaska Marine Highway System is leaving his post. Listen now

Teachers from around Southeast Alaska will gather in Juneau next month to discuss culturally responsive education. Listen now