Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau
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.

When you think about an elementary school music class, a choir might come to mind. The students sing choral standards with their teacher standing in front, or backing them up on piano. But these days, some of those classes are different. In Juneau, one music teacher has hundreds of kids playing guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and banjos – together, as a band. Listen Now
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The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is advancing plans to mine Gulf of Alaska beach sands about 75 miles northwest of Yakutat. Listen Now

According to Southeast Alaska’s largest tribal organization, a warrior is someone who fights to preserve subsistence rights or Native languages. It's also someone who works for clean water or cares for other people’s children. Listen Now

A new ferry governance study released by the Southeast Conference, a regional development organization, concluded that the Alaska Marine Highway System should break into two agencies to prepare for the future. The study examined ferry operations in Alaska and elsewhere. Listen Now

The Alaska Marine Highway System plans its next round of fare increases to start May 1, when the new summer schedule begins. Listen Now 

After years in the legislative minority, all Southeast representatives are in positions of power. Listen Now

State biologists say a study shows pollution from an abandoned Canadian mine upstream of Southeast Alaska does not harm fish. A chief critic of the Tulsequah Chief Mine said the research doesn’t tell the whole story. Listen Now

Critics of British Columbia mining told a legislative committee Wednesday about the dangers of mineral extraction along transboundary rivers. Listen Now

The Alaska Marine Highway System is paying more than $1,200 a day for long-term storage of two unused ferries. Listen Now

Alaska and British Columbia officials signed a statement of cooperation Thursday aimed at protecting rivers that flow through the province and the state. Listen Now

Alaska’s oldest Native organizations are trying to attract younger members. That, subsistence and other issues are on the table at the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood’s Grand Camp Convention this week in Juneau. Listen Now

About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation. Listen Now

A consultant’s plan released this month recommends Sitka’s two hospitals combine operations.

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