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.
The cruise ship Noordam brought close to 2,000 passengers to Haines on Sept. 20, 2017. It and other ships carried more than 1 million passengers this summer, helping increase the region’s tourism economy. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Southeast economy down, with a few bright spots

Tourism has overtaken fishing as the region’s largest private industry. That’s the word from a new report released in September detailing the region’s economic booms and busts. Listen now

Ferry plan calls for smaller ships, public management

A plan to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System calls for replacing some ferries with smaller, more efficient vessels. Backers want it to be run by an independent corporation and negotiate its own labor contracts. Listen now

Budget glitch could leave ferries without funding

One Southeast senator said that the possibility that the Alaska Marine Highway System could shut down this spring is an intentional attempt to damage the ferries. Listen now

Sitka hatchery’s chum run funds improvements

A strong chum salmon run is helping pay for upgrades to a Sitka hatchery. Returns are also good at a much larger aquaculture operation not far away. Listen now

Ferry Taku sold, will become floating hotel

The Alaska ferry Taku’s next life will be as a floating hotel. Listen now

Can a Southeast mine battle lead to a trade war?

A Southeast Alaska tribal organization is using a trade-sanctions threat to push federal officials into providing stronger protections for regional fisheries. Listen now

Former senator, longtime Native leader Albert Kookesh fighting cancer

A longtime Alaska political and business leader is fighting prostate cancer. Listen now

Feds say Alaska ferry system violates family leave act

The U.S. Department of Labor alleges the Alaska Marine Highway System violates federal leave laws. Listen now

Another mine opens close to the Alaska border

A new gold mine has gone into production near British Columbia’s border with Southeast Alaska, one of several prospects under exploration near creeks or rivers that flow into the region. Listen now

Douglas Indian Association tours T’aaḵu Kwáan territory

The Douglas Indian Association wants you to know its traditional territory stretches far beyond its namesake city and island. A recent boat tour covered some of the T’aaḵu Kwáan’s lands. Listen now

No charges filed in Mount Polley mine disaster

The British Columbia government has decided to not file charges in the Mount Polley Mine disaster. Listen now

Forest Service could delay Wrangell contaminated soil move

The U.S. Forest Service could put the brakes on a state plan to store contaminated soil near a Wrangell recreation area. Listen now

Cruise-ship tourism will expand next summer

More tourists will come to Alaska next summer on cruise ships. Listen now

Late state budget delays fall-winter-spring ferry schedule

Alaskans have until the end of the month to tell the Marine Highway System what they think of its fall, winter and spring sailing plans. Listen now

Newly found disease could threaten Southeast Alaska spruce

A fungus that’s damaged trees in Southcentral and Interior Alaska has been discovered for the first time in Southeast. But there’s a chance its spread could be stopped. Listen now

Wrangell, workers reach new contract agreement

Wrangell has a new agreement with its unionized workers. If approved by the Borough Assembly, it will end three years of sometimes acrimonious talks over wages and benefits. Listen now

Someone may want to buy the ferry Taku, but they need more time

Someone is interested in buying the retired ferry Taku. As a result, the Alaska Marine Highway System is giving interested parties an extra week and a half to submit bids. Listen now

Murkowski speaks with constituents about health care during Senate recess

Senator Lisa Murkowski was one of just four of the Senate's 52 Republicans to make a public appearance over the fourth of July. She spoke with constituents about healthcare. Listen now

Wrangell contract talks end, strike may resume

Wrangell officials have pulled out of contact talks with the union representing municipal workers. Listen now

Tulsequah Chief Mine controversy deepens as it courts new investors

Southeast Alaska tribal groups are calling for cleanup of British Columbia’s long-abandoned Tulsequah Chief Mine. Listen now