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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

Southeast Ferry Service Stalled by Engine Overhaul

Sitka and Juneau will lose a week of fast ferry sailings this month. The Chenega will return to Southeast service May 14th, a week later than scheduled.

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May 4, 2015
Public Broadcasting Budget Cut Almost 25 Percent

Public Broadcasting Budget Cut Almost 25 Percent

Alaska’s public broadcasters dodged a bullet when the legislature’s regular session ended Monday. House and Senate negotiators decided on a 23.5 percent budget reduction. A proposed cut more than twice that size could have forced at least five stations off the air. It also would have dramatically reduced programming at other outlets.

April 30, 2015
Gov. Walker Proposes Larger Ferry Budget

Gov. Walker Proposes Larger Ferry Budget

Gov. Bill Walker says the state ferry system needs more money to avoid “crippling cuts” during the next fiscal year.

April 29, 2015

Some Alaska Ferry Trips On The Chopping Block

More than 9,000 people are booked for Alaska Marine Highway sailings that will likely be cut due to budget reductions.

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April 9, 2015

Update: Hyder Border Closure Keeps Emergency Access

Canadian officials say the small Southeast Alaska town of Hyder will continue to have 24-hour-a-day access to emergency health care.

April 6, 2015

Hyder Residents Concerned Over Nightly Border Closure

Residents of the small Southeast Alaska town of Hyder no longer have nighttime access to emergency medical care. Canadian officials began closing the road linking Hyder with nearby Stewart, British Columbia, on April 1.

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April 3, 2015
USFS Celebrates Big Thorne Decision As Environmental Groups Weight Options

USFS Celebrates Big Thorne Decision As Environmental Groups Weight Options

The U.S. Forest Service says a Friday court decision allowing a timber sale will help speed changes in Tongass National Forest logging. But opponents say it will damage other Southeast Alaska industries.

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March 23, 2015
Three ferries tied up at the Ketchikan Shipyard in the winter of 2012. Commercial users will likely pay higher rates beginning next winter. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Alaska Ferry Rates Rising For Commercial Customers

You’ve probably heard that state ferry fares are going up in May. The Alaska Marine Highway System also plans to increase commercial rates later this year.

March 23, 2015

Campbell To Serve as Interim Director of DOT Southcoast Region

A Department of Transportation insider is the new manager of the agency’s division overseeing Southeast Alaska. Commissioner Marc Luiken on Tuesday announced Rob Campbell will fill in as interim director of DOT’s Southcoast Region. That includes Southeast, plus coastal Southcentral and Southwest Alaska. Campbell already directs the department’s Central Region, which includes Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

March 19, 2015

Rupert Delegation Lobbying for Continued Connections

Prince Rupert leaders are in Juneau this week to lobby for continued connections with Southeast Alaska. Budget cuts threaten to reduce state ferry sailings to and from the British Columbia port city. And policy differences have blocked construction of a new ferry terminal there. Rupert Mayor Lee Brain says the marine highway link helps economies on both sides of the border.

March 17, 2015
A Celebrity Cruise Line ship sails into Juneau in 2012 with emissions coming out of its stack. New pollution-control equipment being installed on Alaska-bound and other ships will reduce the emissions plume. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News-Juneau)

“Scrubbers” to Cut Cruise Ship Pollution

Cruise lines that sail Alaska waters are installing new pollution-control equipment. It’s aimed at clearing the air — and meeting new regulations. But it’s also dodging some stronger, more expensive measures. The stuff that comes out of cruise ship smokestacks can cloud the air, leaving a haze over port cities, and plumes along their routes.

March 16, 2015

Fast Ferry Engine Damage Could Affect Service

One of the Alaska Marine Highway’s new ferry engines is down. That could affect service in Southeast and Prince William Sound. Department of Transportation spokesman Jeremy Woodrow says a gear tooth broke Saturday on one of four engines powering the fast ferry Fairweather. Sunday’s sailing was cancelled. The ship, which is temporarily based in Cordova, sails to Whittier and Valdez, though not always on the same day.

March 10, 2015
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