Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

SEACC executive director resigns for health reasons

Outgoing SEACC Executive Director Malena Marvin poses while kayaking in Juneau's Mendenhall Lake. (Photo courtesy SEACC)The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is advertising for a new executive director. Malena Marvin is resigning after leading the group for about two years.

Sealaska dividends funded by other corporations

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)Sealaska will distribute $17.5 million in dividends to its 22,000 shareholders Dec. 3. Most of the money comes from sister corporations' resource earnings.

Drilling for gold: Inside the KSM’s exploration project

A drilling-crew member poses during a break at Seabridge Gold's KSM Mine. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)We've heard the arguments for and against British Columbia’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mining project. But what happens there? Here's a look at its exploration efforts.

Active underwater volcano found near Dixon Entrance

A screen shot from a scientific sounding device shows the newly-discovered volcano and its plume of methane gas. The lower line is an echo, not another volcanic cone. (Image courtesy Canadian Geological Survey)Southeast Alaska has more ‪volcanoes‬ than most residents realize. Geologists just found a new one, south of Prince of Wales Island. Unlike the others, it's not dormant

Tourists spent more in Southeast this season

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. About 1 million cruise passengers visited Southeast in 2015. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Southeast Alaska tour operators say their customers were willing to spend more money this cruise-ship season.

Can B.C. stop Tulsequah Chief Mine pollution?

The Tulsequah Chief Mine is on the banks of its namesake river, which flows into the Taku River, which enters an ocean inlet about 25 miles northeast of Juneau. The brownish pools contain acidic water draining from the mine. (Photo by Joe Hitselberger/ADF&G)Options for stopping pollution leaking out of B.C.'s Tulsequah Chief Mine seem to be difficult and expensive. The mine is northeast of Juneau.

Are tailings dams safe? B.C. mines chief says ‘yes’

B.C. Minister of Mines Bill Bennett, left, discusses his trip up the Taku River with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott in the Walter Soboleff Center lobby Aug. 24 in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)British Columbia Mines Minister Bill Bennett says tailings dams can be a safe part of his province's mines.

State ferry system raising cancellation fees

8-20-13 Fairweather drawing by Issac Taylor @ Petersburg Ferry TerminalThe state ferry system will soon charge more for canceling reservations. Fee increases begin Oct. 1, the same day the winter ferry schedule begins.

British Columbia mine chief heads to Ketchikan, Juneau

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, center, holds a press conference May 4 with B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett and Environment Minister Mary Polak. (Photo courtesy B.C. government)British Columbia officials travel to Southeast Alaska Aug. 24-27 to discuss concerns about transboundary mines.

Walker, Mallott want Peratrovich on $10 bill

Elizabeth Peratrovich, right, circa 1945. (Photo by William Paul Jr./Sealaska Heritage Institute Digital Collection)The Walker-Mallott administration has nominated Tlingit civil-rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich to be on the new $10 bill.