Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

No budget by July means no ferry service

Three ferries docked at the Ketchikan Shipyard. (KRBD file photo)State ferries will stop sailing by July if the Legislature fails to reach a budget deal. All 11 ships will head to their home ports and stay there.

Ten run for five Sealaska Corp. board seats

Sealaska Plaza is the location of the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters.  Shareholders are casting ballots to fill five board of directors seats.  (File photo/KTOO)Five independent candidates are challenging the same number of incumbents for seats on the Sealaska board of directors.

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.