Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Critics question Sealaska Corp.’s finances

sealaska-annual-report-2015-graphCould Sealaska make more money, pay higher dividends and make better use of its land? Yes, say some shareholders critical of the Southeast regional Native corporation’s management.

AK, B.C. promise more input into mine decisions

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott discusses the Xat’sull people’s traditional fishing on the Fraser River with tribal council official Jacinda Mack on May 6, 2015. The Xat'sull live in the area damaged by August's Mount Polley Mine tailings dam collapse. They’re concerned about reopening plans. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)The Walker-Mallott administration will include transboundary mine critics’ concerns in its negotiations with British Columbia.

Sealaska earnings up, but losses continue

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott, right, discusses the regional Native corporation's earnings and losses during a Friday press conference as Chief Financial Officer Doug Morris looks on. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast, upped its income by $50 million in 2014. But it’s still losing money.

Tlingit-Haida pushes for larger tribal role in U.N.

Will Micklin at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Courtesy photoThe Juneau-based Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska wants a larger forum to address its concerns.

Update: Hyder border closure keeps emergency access

Residents of Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, protest the nighttime closure of the border between the two towns April 1. (Courtesy Sylvia Alderton/The Terrace Standard)Canadian officials say the small Southeast Alaska town of Hyder will continue to have 24-hour-a-day access to emergency health care.

Filmmaker hikes, floats remote Unuk River

Rafters pose with their inflatable boats during a trip down the Unuk River. (Courtesy Ryan Peterson, Salmon Beyond Borders)An Alaska filmmaker hiked and floated the Unuk River from British Columbia’s interior to near Ketchikan, documenting an area downstream of mining projects.

B.C. OKs another mine near AK border

The Brucejack mine site is shown in this 2013 photo. British Columbia officials recently issued an environmental certificate that's an important part of the permitting process. (Courtesy Pretivm Resources)British Columbia recently granted provisional environmental approval to the Brucejack mine project, putting another gold mine upstream from Southeast Alaska a step closer to opening.

Prince Rupert pushes for ferry system help

Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain addresses the Southeast Conference Tuesday in Juneau. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Prince Rupert leaders are in Juneau this week to lobby for continued ferry connections with Southeast Alaska.

“Scrubbers” to cut cruise ship air pollution

A Celebrity Cruise Line ship sails into Juneau in 2012 with emissions coming out of its stack. New pollution-control equipment being installed on Alaska-bound and other ships will reduce the emissions plume. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Cruise lines that sail Alaska waters are installing new pollution-control equipment. Scrubbers are aimed at clearing the air — and meeting new regulations. But it’s also dodging some stronger, more expensive measures.

Deeper state ferry cuts planned by House panel

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia are out of service for repairs at the Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012. More ferries will be tied up this summer under planned legislative budget cuts. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s ferry system is facing even more service cuts. A House panel yanked money from the marine highway budget that the governor had restored.