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Feds Turning Tongass Land Over To Sealaska

Feds Turning Tongass Land Over To Sealaska

Sealaska Corp. gets its new land on Friday. The federal Bureau of Land Managementwill sign paperwork that day turning over 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the corporation.

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March 5, 2015
State Considers B.C. Mines As Promoters Plan Visit

State Considers B.C. Mines As Promoters Plan Visit

The Walker-Mallott administration announced Wednesday that it’s set up a working group to address the transboundary mining boom near Southeast Alaska. The news comes as British Columbia’s mine-regulation agency plans meetings with Alaska fishermen and tribal groups.

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February 27, 2015
Update: Tlingit-Haida OKs Same-Sex Marriages

Update: Tlingit-Haida OKs Same-Sex Marriages

Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has authorized its courts to perform same-sex marriages. The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced its new policy Monday.

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February 25, 2015

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska OKs Same-Sex Marriage

Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization has authorized its courts to perform same-sex marriages. The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced its new policy Monday.

February 23, 2015

300 Villages: Douglas

This week, we’re heading to Douglas- a former gold mining town that’s now part of the Juneau Borough but still maintains it’s unique character. Ed Schoenfeld is News Director for CoastAlaska. He’s also a musician who’s written half a dozen songs about his community.

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February 20, 2015
Mine Dam Collapse Report Cites Bad Design

Mine Dam Collapse Report Cites Bad Design

Poor design led to last summer’s catastrophic failure of a British Columbia mine tailings pond. That’s the conclusion of an investigation ordered by provincial officials and released Friday.

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February 2, 2015
Walker Says Rupert Terminal Will Be Rebuilt

Walker Says Rupert Terminal Will Be Rebuilt

Gov. Bill Walker says he’ll continue pushing for construction of a new ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. His administration cancelled project bidding Jan. 21 due to a dispute over construction materials.

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January 27, 2015

Business Leaders Meet For Innovation Summit

More than 200 business leaders, researchers and policy-makers gather in Juneau this week for the 2015 Innovation Summit.

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January 26, 2015

Walker Names Transportation Commissioner

There’s a new boss at the state agency overseeing, roads, airports and ferries. Gov. Bill Walker on Friday named Marc Luiken as his commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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January 23, 2015
Tongass Supervisor, Deputy, Leaving The Forest

Tongass Supervisor, Deputy, Leaving The Forest

The Tongass National Forest will soon be without its two top officials. Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole plans to retire in April after about a dozen years in the job. He’s overseen timber sales, stewardship efforts and other agency programs in Southeast Alaska. Cole’s deputy, Tricia O’Connor, is moving to a new Forest Service job in Wyoming.

January 8, 2015
A sign near Juneau’s Auke Bay Ferry Terminal points to the end of Glacier Highway. The road would be extended about 50 miles to a new terminal closer to Haines under a state plan that’s temporarily on hold. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Despite Spending Freeze, Juneau Access Road Effort Continues

Work continues on the Juneau Access Project, despite Gov. Bill Walker’s spending freeze. But it doesn’t involve moving dirt or pouring concrete.

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January 7, 2015
Canada Approves Controversial Mine Plan in Southeast

Canada Approves Controversial Mine Plan in Southeast

A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border has won approval from Canada’s federal government. That worries critics, who say the development could pollute salmon-bearing rivers.

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December 22, 2014

Canada Approves Controversial Mine Near Southeast Alaska’s Border

A controversial mine near Southeast Alaska’s border won approval from Canada’s federal government on Friday.

December 19, 2014
A computer-generated map of Southeast Alaska shows additional land (in brown) beyond today’s shoreline. (Courtesy Jim Baichtal)

Coastline Search Leads To First Residents’ Camps

The Earth’s crust is more flexible than you think – especially in Southeast Alaska. Growing and shrinking icefields and glaciers, and rising and falling oceans have altered the region’s coastline over time.

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December 19, 2014
Sealaska Lands Bill Passes Congress

Sealaska Lands Bill Passes Congress

A bill transferring about 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska has passed Congress.

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December 12, 2014
Nature Conservancy scientist Colin Shanley talks about research on climate change impacts to Southeast salmon habitat. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Study: Climate Change Hurting Salmon Habitat

Scientists know climate change is altering rain and snowfall patterns in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. A new study details how that could affect salmon and suggests what can be done.

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December 12, 2014
New Hoonah Dock Could Boost Tourism Numbers

New Hoonah Dock Could Boost Tourism Numbers

Hoonah’s Icy Strait Point tourist attraction will see more visitors once a new cruise ship dock is built. That’s according to officials, who expect it to attract more cruise lines to the town 50 miles west of Juneau. But critics worry the location will not help the rest of the city.

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December 9, 2014
Beached logs pile up in Shoal Cove on Revilla Island in the Tongass National Forest. A new report challenges old-growth logging spending in the forest. (Jim Baichtal/USFS)

Report: Subsidized logging costs feds millions

A new report says the U.S. Forest Service is wasting millions of dollars by propping up a failing Southeast Alaska timber industry. It says the Tongass National Forest should instead invest in projects supporting tourism and fishing, which are growing segments of the economy.

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November 24, 2014
The KSM project’s mine site layout during the operation phase, from its environmental assessment certificate application. (Image courtesy Seabridge Gold)

Mine Critics Target Investors, Government Officials

Transboundary mine opponents are trying a new tactic in their opposition to a project northeastof Ketchikan. They’re telling investors, and anyone else who will listen, that the KSM mine is a bad place to put their money.

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November 18, 2014
Drilled rock cores wait for analysis at the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell project, one of the British Columbia mines planned for near the Southeast Alaska border. Mines Minister Bill Bennett says the provincial government will listen to critics’ concerns about potential damage to transboundary rivers where salmon spawn. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

BC Official Says Mine Concerns Heard, Critics Disagree

British Columbia officials say they understand why Alaskans are concerned about new mines planned for transboundary rivers. But critics on this side of the border say they’re not doing anything about it.

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November 11, 2014