Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

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Ed Schoenfeld is at CoastAlaska in Juneau

Petersburg spent close to $70,000 fighting to keep its borough boundaries after Juneau contested them in court. Petersburg won a Dec. 4 Alaska Supreme Court ruling, but it’s not getting much of its money back.

A British Columbia mine that’s become a poster child for environmental disasters will soon begin discharging wastewater. Download Audio

A Catholic priest who serves parishes in Petersburg and Wrangell has suffered a life-threatening heart attack. The Rev. Thomas Weise, 46, was hospitalized Nov. 25, the evening before Thanksgiving while visiting family in Southern California.

Canadian regulators say the Tulsequah Chief Project, about 40 miles northeast of Juneau, has agreed to reduce pollution leaking into a nearby river. But the controversial project won’t have to restart a shuttered water-treatment plant many Southeast Alaskans want back in operation. The British Columbia copper, zinc, silver and gold mine closed in 1957, after 20 years of operation. But in recent years, two companies have developed plans to reopen it.

Alaska and British Columbia on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding giving the state a larger role in transboundary mine permitting decisions. Download Audio

Canadian regulators say the Tulsequah Chief Project, about 40 miles northeast of Juneau, has agreed to reduce pollution leaking into a nearby river. But the controversial project won’t have to restart a shuttered water-treatment plant many Southeast Alaskans want back in operation.

A federal funding battle could affect the future of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Ferry chief Mike Neussl says formula changes in the U.S. Senate’s version of a transportation bill would reduce the amount of money available to fix Alaska ships.

Alaska officials have drafted an agreement with British Columbia aimed at protecting transboundary waters. They say it will address concerns about pollution from mines on rivers that flow into Alaska. But critics say it may not make any difference, because it has no teeth. Download Audio

British Columbia is telling owners of a leaky mine that it’s time to stop polluting a river that flows into Alaska. Download Audio

Former Sealaska CEO and longtime Native-rights activist Robert “Bob” Loescher has died at the age of 68. Download Audio

Developers of a controversial British Columbia mine say they’ve found more gold. That could increase the value of the Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell deposit and help attract investors. Download Audio

A Southeast Alaska skin-sewer is one of four Alaska artists recently chosen for out-of-state residencies.

Southeast Alaska’s largest environmental organization is advertising for a new executive director. Download Audio

Port community leaders worry next summer’s Alaska Marine Highway System schedule will be as unreliable as this summer’s. Budget cuts and mechanical breakdowns left many of this year’s passengers stranded, dropping destinations or switching to air travel. Town leaders say that hurt tourism, especially small-town excursions, restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts. Download Audio

Sealaska will distribute $17.5 million in dividends to its 22,000 shareholders on Dec. 3. More than 60 percent will receive $1,050. Most of the rest will get around $130.

Coastal Alaskans told state officials why the ferry system needs to be maintained during a meeting Oct. 23 in Sitka. Download Audio

Sitka will have to close one of its five boat harbors if a state matching-grant program is eliminated. The 10-year-old program funds half the cost of local harbor replacement or repair.

Sitka will have to close one of its five boat harbors if a state matching-grant program is eliminated. Download Audio

British Columbia’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mining project wrapped up its 2015 exploration season in late September. The KSM, about 30 miles east of the Alaska border, is the largest of 10 or so such projects near waterways that flow into Southeast. The mine's owner has spent close to $200 million searching for ore. In this segment, we take a boots-on-the-ground tour of the exploration process. Download Audio

Scientists have found another underwater volcano in Southeast Alaska waters. And this one is active. Download Audio