Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

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.

Tongass chief ends 40-year Forest Service career

Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole is retiring in April. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The man at the top of the Tongass is leaving soon. Forrest Cole will retire this spring after four decades with the U.S. Forest Service.

Walker says Prince Rupert terminal will be rebuilt

The ferry Taku loads up at the Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry terminal July 24, 2014. Rupert officials are in Juneau, lobbying for continued ferry service. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Gov. Bill Walker says he’ll continue pushing for construction of a new ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Scientific societies oppose old-growth logging

DominickDellaSala_0More scientists have joined a campaign to stop old-growth logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

Will DOT changes help or hurt the ferry system?

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Could the firing of three top state transportation officials put the Alaska Marine Highway at risk? That’s what some ferry supporters are asking.