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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

Art is Big Business in Southeast

Art is Big Business in Southeast

What are the arts worth to Southeast Alaska? A new economic study says painting, carving, theater, music and other creative pursuits generate at least $60 million a year in business.

September 22, 2014 - 3:56 pm
Cheaper Turboprops Lower Some AK Jet Fares

Cheaper Turboprops Lower Some AK Jet Fares

Cost-cutting on an Alaska Airlines Railbelt route is lowering fares in Southeast. The airline began flying smaller, turboprop planes between Anchorage and Fairbanks earlier this year. They also flew summer routes between Anchorage and Kodiak.

September 15, 2014 - 11:05 am
The ferry LeConte docks in Skagway in 2009. (J Webber/Creative Commons)

Ferry System Plans For New Route In Southeast

The state ferry system is planning a new route in Southeast Alaska. It’s being done in conjunction with a new, privately run ferry.

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September 10, 2014 - 5:25 pm
Tribal Groups Disagree on the Stakes of B.C. Mine Projects

Tribal Groups Disagree on the Stakes of B.C. Mine Projects

Some Alaska tribal organizations say last week’s (Aug. 4th’s) dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen closer to home. The groups say similar dams planned for several near-border mines could damage or destroy fish runs in both countries.

August 12, 2014 - 3:28 pm
Early Tests Show B.C. Tailings Spill Water ‘Safe’

Early Tests Show B.C. Tailings Spill Water ‘Safe’

British Columbia’s Environment Ministrysays water that poured out of a massive mine-tailings pond Aug. 4 appears to be safe. But local emergency officials continue to warn area residents against drinking, bathing or swimming in affected water.

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August 8, 2014 - 4:43 pm
Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings dam floods a downstream creek and road Monday. Fishing and environmental groups say the same could happen at new B.C. mines near the Southeast border. (Photo courtesy Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre)

Is the Mine Tailings Dam Failure in B.C. a Warning for Alaska?

Monday’s tailings-dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries. That’s according to critics, who say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate, polluting Alaska waters.

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August 5, 2014 - 5:42 pm

KSM Mine Wins Environmental Approval From British Columbia Government

A controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan just won environmental approval from the British Columbia government.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Meetings To Highlight Southeast Transportation Projects

Southeast Alaskans can learn more about regional transportation projects at a series of meetings starting next week.

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July 30, 2014 - 5:39 pm

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