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Hard man lived rugged life alone, with few friends

Ed Beitner was a sportsman who excelled at alpine hunting, a machinist and a stern, uncompromising man who taught his family the backcountry survival... Full story


Skilled tradesman remembered as hard worker, loving father

For 23 years Mike Murphy (59) worked for Roger Schnabel at Southeast Roadbuilders. "We met in 1980,... Full story


Mechanic loved his work; gave trusted advice

About forty friends gathered at Jones Point Cemetery Wednesday to pay last respects to Dave Dal Maso, who died suddenly on Sept. 30 of apparent heart... Full story


Paulina Phillips taught Tlingit culture through song

Paulina Phillips was passionate about the songs, dances and stories that were the heart of her...


Bruce Gilbert: pioneering climber, community leader

When 34 year-old Bruce Gilbert arrived in Haines in 1965 with his bride Gail to teach school and...


Homesteader Loomis dies at 95

Former resident Bernard "Jerry" Loomis died July 5 in Toledo, Wash. following a brief illness. He... Full story


Seabee Bieleski traveled widely

A rosary is scheduled 7 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for lifelong resident Tom...


Kelm volunteered, worked editing

Friends and neighbors paid last respects to Diana Kelm at a graveside service Friday hosted by her... Full story


Song Nash was chef, entrepreneur

The funeral for Song Nash in Shoreline, Wash., Monday filled the 600 seats of St. Luke Catholic...


Don Petersen mined 45 years

Longtime Porcupine gold miner Don Petersen died May 1 following a fall at his Haines Highway home... Full story


Ahmuty remembered for athleticism, enthusiasm

Former resident Kaci Ahmuty died in Bend, Ore. on April 25. She was 45 and had battled breast... Full story


Sele served city and bank as clerk

Dorothy Sele, who worked as a clerk for the City of Haines and as a teller at the Haines bank, died... Full story

 By Heather Lende    News    March 30, 2017

True served 30 years as customs inspector

Longtime U.S. border agent Tom True died March 21 at the Sitka Pioneer Home, following a long...


Duis volunteered with ANB, Hospice

Community volunteer Bob Duis, 70, died Jan 31 of heart failure at the health clinic. Duis retired...


Smith, longtime nurse, dies in Virginia at 102

Vera Smith, who worked as a Haines public health nurse for the state and federal governments, died...


Hertz confronted adversity with optimism, faith

Erwin Hertz, a logger-turned-electrician who confronted hardship with optimism and faith, died...


Smith: Paratrooper, logger 'did what he wanted'

A celebration of Leo Smith's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the American Legion....


Jackson remembered as 'faithful friend'

Olive Jackson, 92, died peacefully at home on Nov. 6. She had recently been diagnosed with cancer.... Full story


Willard known for good humor and work ethic

Friends and family will hold a celebration of Lawrence Willard's life beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 19... Full story


Burruss, hunting guide, was known for his great attitude

Haines friends and family will gather privately to celebrate the life of local guide and carpenter J...


Chambers loved horses, hunting, trapping, outdoors

Kimberly Chambers, 28, the Champagne Aishihik First Nations Fish and Wildlife Manager of Haines...


McCarter, ferry worker, KHNS volunteer, dies at 67

Mick McCarter, a former KHNS volunteer and board member died Saturday, Aug.  6, of apparent heart...


Charlie Jimmie was image of Alaska to outside world

Haines cultural and dance leader Charlie Jimmie, 84, died Friday in the Alaska Native Medical...

 By Heather Lende    News    July 7, 2016

Dixon logged, ran local taxi business

Carl Dixon, a logger and equipment operator turned tour and shuttle service owner, died in...


Blackwell logged, owned restaurant

Dan Blackwell, a trucker, logger, and restaurateur died June 7 at Wildflower Court in Juneau of hear...


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