Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

New Craig boat harbor before Congress

City-of-Craig-logo-from-the-citys-website.-300x300An updated federal Water Resources Act includes about 90 percent of the $32 million needed to build a new boat harbor for the city of Craig, on Prince of Wales Island. But it has a way to go before funds are available.

Ferry sailings down 7 percent next fiscal year

The ferries Matanuska, right, and Fairweather, left, tie up at Juneau's Auke Bay Ferry Terminal May 19, 2016. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Next winter’s ferry schedule will be leaner than this year’s, and that one was pretty lean. It’s the result of budget cuts, which could lead to the sale of the ferry Taku.

Students name new ferries Tazlina and Hubbard

A conceptual drawing show what the Alaska Class ferries will look like. (Image courtesy state Department of Transportation)The winners of Alaska’s name-the-new-ferry contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Tlingit leader remembered for land claims role

John Borbridge Jr. speaks at a 2011 Native American Heritage Month luncheon in Juneau. (Photo courtesy Tlingit Haida Central Council)Tlingit leader John Borbridge Jr. died Tuesday. He was a significant player in the campaign for Alaska Native land rights.

Audit: Alaska critics of B.C. mines are right

British Columbia Mines and Energy Minister Bill Bennett, at podium, responds to an audit critical of his agency Tuesday in Victoria. (Photo courtesy B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines)British Columbia’s top auditor says the province has failed to protect the environment from mines and mineral exploration projects.

Southeast’s largest lumber mill may close

The Viking Lumber Mill on Prince of Wales Island was awarded a contract to log part of the Big Thorne timber sale. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Owners of Southeast Alaska’s largest remaining lumber mill say it could close next year. It’s part of an ongoing battle over logging in the Tongass National Forest.

Court: Tongass Roadless Rule remains in place

A Tongass National Forest clearcut is shown in this 2014 aerial view. A new court decision limits logging on roadless areas of the forest. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The U.S. Supreme Court will not take up a case that could have expanded logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. It’s the final step in one legal battle involving what’s called the Roadless Rule.

Report: Ferries boost Anchorage, Mat-Su economies too

Cars and trucks line up to board the ferry Chenega in Sitka on Sept. 13, 2015. The ferry system carries traffic that ends up in Anchorage and Fairbanks, a new study says. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Anchorage is tied for first as the prime destination for ferrying summer tourists, according to a new report by the McDowell Group.

Will the ferry system face deeper cuts?

Passengers enjoy the scenery during a Sept. 3, 2015, fast ferry Chenega sailing between Sitka and Juneau. Sitka would lose most of its ferry service under a schedule based on a reduced budget proposed by Gov. Bill Walker. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Budget cuts have already dramatically reduced marine highway sailings. The governor's budget will make it worse. And the Legislature is likely to make further cuts.

Alaska, B.C. ink transboundary agreement

Bill Bennett, Bill Walker, British Columbia mines, Byron Mallott, Christy Clark, Schoenfeld, transboundaryAlaska and British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday expected to increase the state’s role in transboundary mine decisions.