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Seward weighs lawsuit; recall effort in works

Bill Seward, who was fired as Haines Borough manager in an emotional assembly 4-2 vote last week, is pursuing legal action against the borough for...

 

Assembly sets priorities at retreat

The Haines Borough Assembly met on Dec. 11 for a four-hour retreat at the public library to outline what members believed were their biggest prioritie...

 

Homeless in Haines: Help sparse for indigents

By John M. Glionna Nobody really knows how Ken McDowell ended up in Haines, or precisely when he got here. His pup tent was spotted following the...

 

Puppeteers save parade with stand-in dragon

This year’s Holiday Parade almost took place without its fire-breathing star, the multi-legged thing that for years has snaked down Main Street...

 

Preferred alternative near for Lutak Dock

An engineering consultant hired by the Haines Borough last week offered cost estimates on possible plans-of-action to overhaul the badly corroding...

 

Manager Seward fired with 4-2 vote

After only six months on the job, Manager Bill Seward was terminated Wednesday night by the borough assembly following an emotionally-wracked evening...

 

Assembly OKs breakwater addition

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday reversed an earlier vote and approved adding a 33-foot-long segment of steel breakwater barrier that fishermen...

 

Trooper director: Haines post next in line to be cut

Alaska Department of Public Safety Col. James Cockrell warned last week that if his agency suffered continued budget cuts, Haines will be the next...

 

State Parks fields gate questions

Why the state Division of Parks recently built a gate on the Chilkoot River Road remains clouded. Amid questioning last week by the Haines Borough...

 

Assembly delays action on heliski map expansion

In the face of two appeals citing conflicts of interest, the Haines Borough assembly Tuesday voted unanimously to delay the controversial process of...

 

Commission: Raise building height limits

The Planning Commission last week voted to recomend raising the building height restrictions in Haines. The measure was introduced by commissioner...

 

Court rejects heliport appeal

A Juneau Superior Court Judge ruled against a bid to operate a heliport on Chilkat Lake Road, the latest twist in years-long attempt by a Haines...

 

Sosa leaves Merchant Marine Academy post

David Sosa, a former Haines Borough manager who requested to be released from his three-year contract, has left his post as commandant of midshipmen...

 

Community foundation gives $19K in grants

The Haines Senior Center will use its $1,000 grant to help purchase a new van to pick up elderly clients. Jackie Mazeikas will spend her $1,500 on...

 

Retired judge Asper returns to Haines courtroom

From now until the end of the fiscal year in June, Haines will once again have a resident magistrate – thanks to the community spirit of retired...

 

Exhibit revisits filming of 'Fang'

A year ago, Madeline Witek helped plan future exhibits at the Haines Sheldon Museum. She realized then a blockbuster was heading the town’s way. It...

 

Parks and Rec panel discusses heliskiing

The other recreationists who populate the backcountry of Haines weighed in Monday on the controversial remapping of heliski site maps where helicopter...

 

Becky's Place: Nonprofit offers shelter to abused

Jackie Mazeikas remembers walking around Haines, questioning people about something nobody here wanted to talk about. Women were being assaulted and s...

 

Assembly to tackle big agenda Tuesday

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday will issue a six-month report card for newly-arrived manager Bill Seward to determine whether any course...

 

Fire department looks at 2 chief candidates

The Haines Volunteer Fire Department this month will elect a new chief from among two veteran finalists. The victor will inherit ongoing state budget...

 

Bazaar vendors feature handmade, homecooked goods

Bob Duis began whipping up his famous fiery chili-for-a-cause three decades ago back in Chicago. Natalie Benassi believes she just might make the...

 

Playing Santa: Reporter works holiday kettle

So there I was, standing inside the covered entrance of Howsers IGA, wearing a borrowed Santa’s cap, red apron and jingly bracelet on my wrist....

 

Cruise ships caught dumping

When state conservation officials learned last week that Princess Cruise Lines agreed to plead guilty to a systematic cover-up of its policy to dump...

 

Two hunters plead guilty in moose case

Two Alaska hunters last week pleaded guilty in Haines court involving the shooting, harvesting and transportation of sublegal moose during the 2016...

 

Preschool wins $150K grant for new building

For years, Haines preschoolers have attended classes in an aging 1905-era building with numerous past lives – from U.S. Government school for...

 

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