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.

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
Visitors walk a trail around Mendenhall Lake to view Nugget Falls. Glacial floods closed that trail for part of this season. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

About a million cruise-ship passengers from around the world sailed through Southeast’s Inside Passage this season. Some ships continued on to Whittier, Kodiak and even Unalaska. The overall numbers are around the same as the previous two years. But destinations and businesses saw visitors willing to spend more, due to the improving national economy. Download Audio

About a million cruise-ship passengers from around the world sailed through Southeast’s Inside Passage this season. Some ships continued on to Whittier, Kodiak and even Unalaska. The overall numbers are around the same as the previous two years. But destinations and businesses saw visitors willing to spend more, due to the improving national economy. Download Audio

A top British Columbia official is meeting with owners of the Tulsequah Chief Mine, which is leaking pollution into a river that flows into Alaska.
The Tulsequah mine sits above the Tulsequah River which flows into the Taku River.

Can British Columbia stop polluted water from leaking out of a long-closed mine upstream from Juneau? The issue came up last month when the Canadian province’s top mining official traveled to the Capital City. Download Audio

British Columbia’s top mining official says he’s open to involving his federal government in transboundary mine conflicts. That’s a change from earlier statements. Download Audio