Author Archives: Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News

Is B.C. mine tailings dam break a warning for Alaska?

This aerial image shows Monday's Mount Polley Mine tailings dam break and some of the damage downstream. Fishing and environmental groups say the same could happen at new B.C. mines near the Southeast border. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre photo)Monday’s tailings-dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries. Critics also say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate.

B.C. gives KSM mine environmental OK

A glacier reflects in a naturally occurring pool of rusty, acidic water at the site of one of the KSM Prospect's planned open-pit mines. B.C. officials just approved the mine's environmental plans. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan just won environmental approval from the British Columbia government.

New roads? Old ferries? A wilderness airport?

The ferry Malaspina makes a rare visit to waters off downtown Sitka during the 2010 Alaska Day celebration. A state transportation plan would route ferries to a new terminal across Baranof Island at the end of a new road. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaskans can learn more about regional transportation projects at a series of meetings starting Aug. 6.

BC’s KSM mine nears environmental approval

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold's KSM Project's open pit mines will be dug. Canadian officials have opened their final comment period before environmental approval. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)Canadian environmental officials have given provisional approval to a controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan.

B.C. mines get financial boost, one to open soon

BC mines map CROPPED - SEACCCanadian investors are putting millions of new dollars into mining projects near the Southeast Alaska border.

New Sealaska leaders promise growth, changes

New Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott addresses shareholders June 28 at the regional Native corporation's annual meeting near the SeaTac Airport. (Photo Courtesy Sealaska)Sealaska’s new board chairman and CEO say the regional Native corporation is gearing up for growth.

Soboleff wins Sealaska board seat, Nelson becomes chairman

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)The Sealaska regional Native corporation has a new board member and a new board chairman.

How will Sealaska solve its money problems?

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's new CEO, new board chairman and at least one new board member face the challenges of a new economic reality.

B.C. developers defend near-border mines

The KSM Prospect is inland from Southeast Alaska. (Courtesy SEACC)We’ve heard a lot about environmental damage from mines planned for northwest British Columbia, just across Alaska’s border. But we haven’t heard a lot from mine advocates. Now, we have.

Celebration canoes safely reach Juneau

Canoe paddlers wait for permission to disembark at Juneau's Sandy Beach Wednesday afternoon. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)Dozens of paddlers from Yakutat to Metlakatla and places in between landed their canoes on a Juneau beach on their way to the Southeast Native cultural festival Celebration 2014.