Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau
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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.

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s largest ferry needs work on one of its propellers. LISTEN NOW The 500-passenger Columbia will soon head to a Portland, Ore., shipyard for repairs. As a result, most of Southeast Alaska’s larger...
Michael Hansen (Courtesy Sitka Search and Rescue)

Searchers continued looking Wednesday for a Sitka man last seen Monday on the Mt. Verstovia Trail.

The company trying to reopen the controversial Tulsequah Chief Mine, upstream from Juneau, is being taken over by an investor that’s owed millions of dollars. Listen now
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More Alaskans will have affordable access to mobile phones and broadband internet, thanks to a change in federal communication rules and funding. Listen now

Enrolled members of Alaska’s largest tribal government are getting enhanced photo IDs. They can be used for border crossings and some other situations where official identification is necessary. Listen now
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Southeast Alaska's regional tribal government is temporarily ending programs that provide food, clothing and shelter to its most needy clients. Listen now

This winter’s Alaska Marine Highway schedule offers more sailings than the previous season’s. It also eliminates five-week service gaps for some communities. Listen now

Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization said this month’s meetings with the U.S. State Department and Environmental Protection Agency were productive. Listen now

Alaska’s Pioneer Homes have stopped accepting new residents, at least for a while. It’s one more impact of state budget cuts. Listen now

Tuesday’s primary election didn’t eliminate any Southeast candidates for state House or Senate.

U.S. State Department officials are in Southeast Alaska this week to talk about transboundary mines. The Environmental Protection Agency also has sent representatives. Listen now

An effort to restructure the Alaska Marine Highway System begins this month with a summit in Anchorage.

A bill before Congress would speed a timberland trade between the federal government and the Alaska Mental Health Trust. It’s part of a larger legislative effort to increase logging in the Tongass National Forest. Listen now

Gov. Bill Walker has signed legislation he says will provide more timber for Alaska’s mills. But it probably won’t be that much of an increase. Listen now

Alaska’s cruise industry is on track to hit the magic million-passenger mark this year. Listen now

A fifth of Alaska legislators running for re-election this year face no opposition. That begs the question: Why, in such a politically active state, does anyone run unopposed. Listen now

Alaska’s national forests will see more cabin and trail improvements under a new public-private partnership. A nonprofit group long involved in Juneau maintenance work is increasing its role in the Tongass and Chugach National Forests.
Sealaska shareholder Michael Lee Beasley is author of the term- limits resolution. (Photo courtesy Michael Lee Beasley)

One of Sealaska’s most vocal critics is now a member of the Southeast regional Native corporation’s board of directors. Download Audio

The Native corporation for the Southeast village of Hoonah will soon have its first shareholder CEO. Download Audio

Southeast Alaska’s Tlingit culture doesn’t stop at the Canadian border. Tribal members also live in British Columbia to the east and the Yukon to the north. An Inland Tlingit group from up the Taku River has strong connections to Alaska.