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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

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
(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
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
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

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
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
Sealaska Reports $35 Million Net Loss Last Year

Sealaska Reports $35 Million Net Loss Last Year

Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation says it had a net loss of $35 million last year. Sealaska’s 2013 annual report says three-quarters of the loss came from its construction subsidiary. It badly underestimated the cost of two building projects in Hawaii.

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May 15, 2014

Tongass Fire Warning Rescinded

The risk of fires in Southeast’s Tongass National Forest has dropped. A warning was issued last week as warm, sunny weather dried out grass and underbrush.

May 13, 2014
Mallott Leaving Sealaska To Focus On Campaign

Mallott Leaving Sealaska To Focus On Campaign

Bryon Mallott will leave Sealaska’s board of directors next month to spend more time campaigning for governor. He’s served on the Juneau-based regional Native corporation’s governing body – or been its CEO – since 1972.

May 6, 2014
Peggy Wilson Ending Long Legislative Career

Peggy Wilson Ending Long Legislative Career

One of Southeast’s longest-serving lawmakers is retiring. Peggy Wilson says she will not seek re-election to her Wrangell-based House district.

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May 1, 2014

Sealaska Spring Dividends Reflect Zero Corporate Earnings

Sealaska Corp. does not appear to be making much – if any – money. The regional Native corporation’s spring distribution to shareholders, which is basically a dividend, includes no corporate revenues.

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April 7, 2014
Sealaska Dividends Include No Corporate Earnings

Sealaska Dividends Include No Corporate Earnings

The spring dividend for most Sealaska shareholders will be $721, but some will receive less than a tenth of that amount.

April 4, 2014
Court: Reinstate Tongass Roadless Rule Exemption

Court: Reinstate Tongass Roadless Rule Exemption

A federal appeals court issued an opinion today saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

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March 26, 2014
The Niblack, shown above, and the Bokan-Dotson mines would get financing help from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority under Senate Bill 99. (Heatherdale Resources image)

Bill Would Help Fund Two Southeast Mines

Two Southeast Alaska mines could get close to $300 million in state support under a bill moving through the Legislature.

March 24, 2014
Ketchikan-POW Ferry Aids Seafood, Retail, Tourism

Ketchikan-POW Ferry Aids Seafood, Retail, Tourism

A small southern Southeast Alaska ferry line is of large value to the region’s economy. That’s according to a new report studying the Inter-Island Ferry Authority.

March 12, 2014
Yakutat Power's Scott Newlun checks a reading on a monitor at the power plant. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau.

AK: Wave Energy

The northern Southeast city of Yakutat is gearing up for a wave-energy experiment. If it’s a success, the community of about 650 residents could lower its high, diesel-fueled power costs. The system could also be a model for some other isolated Alaska cities.

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March 7, 2014
A humpback prepares to dive in lower Cook Inlet. The state wants to take the whales off the Endangered Species List. Photo by DeWaine Tollefsrud, Creative Commons.

Should Humpbacks Lose Endangered Status?

State officials want the federal government to remove some protections for Southeast and Southcentral humpback whales. But a noted researcher says it’s too early to do that.

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March 4, 2014
Senate OKs Medevac Memberships

Senate OKs Medevac Memberships

Legislation allowing a popular air-ambulance service’s membership program to resume coverage passed the state Senate on Friday.

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February 28, 2014

Measure Calls For Tongass Timber Transfer

Legislation urging the state to take over some Tongass National Forest lands is bringing questions and opposition. Sitka Republican Senator Bert Stedman’s resolution calls for the governor to seek transfer of Tongass timberlands.

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February 24, 2014

AFN Asks For Help in Voting-rights Campaign

Alaska’s largest Native organization is challenging a Southeast group to lead the regional campaign to regain federal voting-rights protections.

February 17, 2014