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Chiefs sweep Bears

Haines High School’s varsity basketball teams went 0-4 on a trip to Metlakatla last weekend. The Glacier Bear boys fell by scores of 84-44 and...

 

Hoops squads 3-1 in Wrangell series

Haines varsity basketball teams tallied a 3-1 record against Wrangell last weekend, highlighted by a last-second three-pointer that propelled the...

 

Bear boys, girls each split series with Craig

Sophomore Hudson Sage and senior Trevor Cox combined for 45 points on Saturday night to lead the Haines High School boys to their first conference...

 

Bear boys to play Craig in season opener series

Conference play opens this weekend for Haines High School’s basketball teams, with the boys at home and the girls away against the Craig Panthers....

 

Volleyball season ends with losses at Region V

The Haines High School volleyball team wrapped up its season last weekend with two losses at the Region V tournament in Skagway. Coach Cassie Miller...

 

Haines wrestlers place in top half at Anchorage meet

Haines High School wrestlers finished in the top half of a 43-team field at an Anchorage tournament last weekend. The Glacier Bears placed 20th...

 

Durr runner-up at Ketchikan tourney

Senior Zane Durr plowed through his 152-pound bracket at a wrestling tournament in Ketchikan last weekend, but was denied in the championship match....

 

Bear Wrestlers rise in ranks

Haines High School placed sixth out of 13 teams at last weekend’s Brandon Pilot Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Juneau, topping Mount...

 

Glacier Bear wrestlers gear up

The 2015 Haines High School wrestling team features four athletes with state tournament experience. Three of those state grapplers are seniors:...

 

Glacier Bear spikers ready to launch season

An expanded Haines High School volleyball team opens play this weekend at the annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE) competition....

 

Bradford narrowly misses qualifying for state meet

Four seconds separated Haines High School senior Casey Bradford from a berth at the state cross-country meet in Anchorage. The Glacier Bears ended up...

 

Without chaperone, team forced to sit out meet

The Haines High School cross-country team scrapped its trek to Ketchikan last month due to lack of a male chaperone to accompany the squad. The...

 

Glacier Bear runners finish 8th, 10th in Wrangell

Top runners for the Haines High School cross-country teams had some familiar company at their Wrangell meet last weekend. “We’ve been working on...

 

Cross-country squads off and running; home meet Sept. 5

The Haines High School cross-country team’s home meet on Saturday, Sept. 5, is expected to include a community run for all-comers. Event times and...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 28, 2015

Four track athletes qualify for state meet

Four Haines High School athletes will compete at the state track and field championship this weekend at Dimond High School in Anchorage. Glacier Bear...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 21, 2015

Haines Dolphins say goodbye to coaches at season finale

The Haines Dolphins held their own version of a graduation earlier this month, with departing coaches Robert Butker and Diana Mallory providing...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 14, 2015

Stuart, Sundberg win track events for 2nd week

Haines High School senior Keegan Sundberg and junior Bailey Stuart repeated as event champions at last weekend’s Capital City Invitational in...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 7, 2015

Seniors page Glacier Bears at home track meet

Seniors led the way at Haines High School’s season-opening track meet last weekend under sunny skies at Sharnbroich Field. The two-day meet pitted...

 

Swinton named to all-state hoops squad

Haines High School junior Kayley Swinton recently was named to the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches All-State Basketball Team. Swinton, who...

 

Klukwan Chilkats fall to Hydaburg in Gold Medal final

A slow second half doomed the Klukwan Chilkats on Saturday in the “C” bracket final of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau. Hydaburg...

 

Bears fall at regionals; Klinger, Swinton all-conference

The Haines Glacier Bears bowed out of the Region V Basketball Tournament in Ketchikan last Friday morning with losses to Wrangell. The boys’ and gir...

 

Juneau-heavy Merchants break Klukwan's Hotch streak

A Juneau-imported Haines Merchants team won the Dick Hotch Memorial Basketball Tournament on Sunday, topping a physically imposing Whitehorse squad,...

 

'Mercy rule' triggered as Wolves rout Bears

For the second consecutive weekend, a Haines basketball opponent forced the “mercy rule” into effect by taking a 40-point lead on the Glacier...

 

Bear girls trounced in hoops action

Senior Night turned sour for the Glacier Bear girls’ basketball team Saturday, as visiting Metlakatla overwhelmed Haines with a 31-0 blitzkrieg...

 

Swimmers crowd pool for Games

By Krista Kielsmeier The annual Winter Games North swimming meet effectively continued for an extra day, with Juneau participants stranded in town...

 

Panthers take hoops series against Bears

Senior Kyle Klinger exploded with 18 points Saturday in the second of two varsity games at Craig, but Haines came up short in both contests. The...

 

Fossman's career enshrined at gym

Less than a decade after leading Haines High School to its first boys’ basketball state championship, Kyle Fossman became the first Glacier Bear to...

 

Injuries sideline girls' starters

  The Glacier Bears girls varsity lost Friday’s game against Craig, 55-26, without the services of leading scorer Kayley Swinton and fellow...

 

Hustle reaps rewards for Bears Hoops squad

Not long removed from two state championships in a three-year span, it might seem a stretch to claim moral victories after the Haines High School...

 

Bears hoop season takes flight

The holidays won’t be much of a break for Haines High School’s basketball teams, with out-of-town tournaments leading into the Jan. 2 opening of...

 

Dolphins make finals at 'Champs'

Eight members of the Haines Dolphins swim team competed at the Dec. 5-7 Southeast Champs meet in Juneau, an elite event that required athletes to...

 

Volleyball marginalized; needs support, gym time

Last week’s Region V championship game between Craig and Klawock showed volleyball is a game of momentum, and Haines must somehow get back up to...

 

Dolphins plunge into swim season

Members of the Haines Dolphins swim team are about to take a two-week break from the pool, after packing three meets into a monthlong stretch. The...

 

Volleyball tournament this weekend

When Haines High School hosts the Region V volleyball tournament this weekend, coach Gina Randles-Comstock expects her players will be better...

 

Haines wrestlers notch dozens of pins

Haines High School wrestlers scored dozens of pins at their home tournament last weekend, the team’s final competition before the regional...

 

Wrestling tournament in Haines this weekend

Wrestlers from more than 10 high schools are expected at this weekend’s tournament in Haines. Competition opens about 3 p.m. Friday at the Haines...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 22, 2014

Haines Dolphins cap season with team awards

The Haines Dolphins swim team wrapped up its season last month with a meet in Whitehorse and an awards banquet. Dylan Chapell, Naomi Green, Brennan Pa...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 22, 2014

Boys track team places third among Southeast small schools

As Devin Light tries to soar to new heights at the state track and field meet up north this weekend, many of his teammates will be on their way Down...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 15, 2014

Glacier Bears win 10 events at annual home meet

A year after late-season snowfall canceled Haines High School’s annual home track and field meet, the Glacier Bears had another opportunity to host...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 8, 2014

Light leads Haines runners

Top athletes for Haines High School showed off their speed and power during a season-opening track and field meet in Juneau last weekend. Senior...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 1, 2014

Swinton's quest: From above the rim to below par

As Tyler Swinton prepared for his freshman season on the University of Alaska Anchorage basketball team following a standout career at Haines High Sch...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 1, 2014

Bears launch track season in Juneau

Haines High School’s track and field teams are off to Juneau this weekend for their season-opening meet at Thunder Mountain High School. The...

 

Klukwan keeps Masters title

For a third consecutive year, Klukwan battled Kake in the Masters division title game at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, with Klukwan repeating...

 

Bears thwarted at state tournament

Following a late-season surge, the Haines High School boys’ basketball team went 0-2 at the Class 2A state basketball tournament in Anchorage this...

 

Dolphins frolic at community meet

Heavy snowfall didn’t drown out enthusiasm for the Haines Dolphins’ community swim meet on Saturday, as about 40 residents participated in a range...

 

Bear boys capture berth at state

The Haines High School boys’ basketball team is returning to the state tournament for the first time since its 2010 championship season. The...

 

Merchants ready for Gold Medal

The Haines Merchants figure to have a size advantage at this year’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau. The competition begins Sunday. Team...

 

Fossman sets UAA hoop records

Haines High School graduate Kyle Fossman burned up the University of Alaska Anchorage record books Saturday during a blistering shooting performance...

 

Boys notch 6th straight victory

Haines High School sent off its basketball seniors in style, with a pair of varsity wins against conference rival Wrangell on Saturday. The victory...

 

Glacier Bear boys' game rebounds

The Haines High School boys’ basketball team hit the reset button on the season last weekend, topping Craig twice in a varsity series at home. The...

 

Dick Hotch: Klukwan wins, Sweet steps down as director

The Klukwan Chilkats repeated as Dick Hotch Memorial Basketball Tournament champions on Feb. 16, holding off the Southeast Warriors in the title...

 

Glacier Bear girls prevail in Skagway

The Haines High School girls’ basketball team fell to conference rival Metlakatla last weekend, and then traveled to Skagway and pounded the Panther...

 

Dolphins pack pool with fans

The Haines Dolphins swim team entertained a home crowd during the two-day Winter Games North meet last weekend. Dozens of residents served as timers a...

 

Girls top Craig, notch 1st win

The Haines High School girls’ basketball team split its varsity series with defending state champion Craig last weekend. The Glacier Bears, playing...

 

Chiefs thwart Glacier Bears

Haines High School’s basketball squads opened conference play last weekend, and each had at least one game that wasn’t decided until the final...

 

Dolphins host meet starting on Saturday

The Haines Dolphins swim team will host Juneau and Whitehorse squads at the annual Winter Games meet this weekend, Jan. 18-19. Dolphins board member...

 

Bears' hoops squads gear up

Haines High School basketball squads are revving up their fast-break offenses in anticipation of conference play starting this weekend. The Glacier...

 

Haines girls 2-1 at Petersburg tournament

The Haines High School girls’ basketball team posted two double-digit wins and fell to Class 3A Petersburg in a season-opening tournament Dec....

 

Dolphins: 7 medals at SE Champs

Eight Haines Dolphins showed they rank among the best young swimmers in the region by posting impressive results at the Southeast Champs meet Dec. 6-8...

 

Wrestlers win 2 at state tourney

Haines High School wrestlers picked up two wins at last weekend’s state tournament in Anchorage, and got a closer look at schools that have...

 

Volleyball team 2-2 at regionals

The Haines High School volleyball team tallied a 2-2 record at the season-concluding regional competition in Klawock last weekend. Craig and Klawock...

 

Three wrestlers qualify for state

Three Haines High School wrestlers qualified for this weekend’s state tournament at Anchorage Christian School, matching last year’s total. Freshm...

 

Volleyball squad gets hometown welcome

The Haines High School volleyball team posted a 1-2 record at a downsized regional tournament the Glacier Bears hosted last weekend. “It was really...

 

Spikers at home this weekend

After competing in away games all season, Haines High School’s volleyball team will welcome five regional opponents for a two-day tournament...

 

Wrestlers capture three thirds in Ketchikan

Haines High School wrestlers held their own against large-school opponents at a Ketchikan tournament last weekend, with a trio of Glacier Bears...

 

Haines Dolphins win big at Whitehorse competition

The Haines Dolphins aren’t exactly “amateurs,” as a few of them took home cash prizes following the season-opening meet in Whitehorse, Y.T.,...

 

Wrestlers top Skagway

An impromptu Haines-Skagway wrestling dual on Saturday drew a big crowd of Glacier Bear fans to the elementary school gym. Co-coach Dennis Durr...

 

Glacier Bear volleyball moves into Lynn Canal series

After a trek to Metlakatla for a regional seeding tournament Oct. 25-26, the Haines High School volleyball team is playing much closer to home. Last...

 

Wrestlers approach home dual

Senior Walker Blair led the Haines High School wrestling team at a Wrangell tournament last weekend, posting a runner-up finish with a 3-1 record at...

 

Bear wrestlers strong in first competition

A few Haines High School wrestlers established themselves as state tournament contenders at a season-opening Petersburg competition last weekend....

 

Volleyball players in line of fire

The Haines High School volleyball team jumped into the fire at its first competition last weekend in Wrangell, facing 2012 state qualifiers Craig and...

 

Freshmen prospects buoy wrestling, volleyball squads

The Haines High School volleyball and wrestling teams open their seasons at tournaments this weekend. The volleyball squad will compete in Wrangell...

 

Asquith-Heinz 26th at state's top meet

Haines High School junior Zayla Asquith-Heinz finished 26th at the girls’ cross-country championship in Anchorage last weekend, posting a time...

 

Glacier Bear pair qualifies for state

Haines High School juniors Keegan Sundberg and Zayla Asquith-Heinz posted top-six times at the Sept. 28 regional competition in Sitka to qualify for...

 

Glacier Bear runners head to Region V championship

Haines High School’s cross-country teams were a bit short-handed at a meet in Juneau last weekend, on a course that may have seemed a bit longer...

 

Bear harriers run loop in Wrangell

After a long ferry trip, Haines High School cross-country runners settled into the routine of Wrangell’s course last weekend. “The course was...

 

Fans turn out to cheer cross-country runners

Haines High School cross-country runners opened their season Sept. 7 in front of a home crowd at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds. “A lot of...

 

Bear runners led by seniors

Haines High School’s senior-laden cross-country squads will host their first meet of the season at Dalton City on Saturday, Sept. 7. “About half...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 23, 2013

Finish frigid for Bear track team

A season of wacky weather came to a fitting close for Haines High School at last weekend’s frigid state track and field championship in Fairbanks,...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 16, 2013

Track teams place 2nd, 3rd at regional meet

About 20 athletes will represent Haines High School at this weekend’s state track and field championship in Fairbanks. The Glacier Bears advanced...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 2, 2013

Athletes endure cold, snow at Juneau track meet

Senior Patrick Henderson opened Haines High School’s track and field season right, soaring to the title in the high jump even as the fate of last...

 

Track team debuts in Juneau this weekend

The Haines High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams will open their season this weekend, April 26-27, at Juneau’s Thunder Mountain... Full story

 

Lende grabs top honors at 'Big Air'

Christian Lende soared to the advanced title at the Olen Nash Memorial Big Air Contest on Sunday. The annual event for skiers and snowboarders at Thre... Full story

 

Fossman, Egolf, Jones boost college hoop squads

Three Haines athletes made the starting line-ups of college basketball teams this year, and all three saw how quickly injuries can change a season.... Full story

 

Haines teams play at HoopTime tournament

Basketball action in Juneau last month included the Mike Jackson Memorial HoopTime Shootout, which featured “B” and “C” youth teams from... Full story

 

Klukwan recaptures Masters title; LaRose named MVP

In a rematch of last year’s championship game, Klukwan took back the Masters division title at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament on Saturday,...

 

Haines tripleheader set at Gold Medal

A Chilkat Valley tripleheader at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in Juneau was scheduled for Thursday, March 21, as three local, undefeated...

 

Four squads set for Gold Medal

When the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament returns for its 67th edition this Sunday, two of the four Chilkat Valley teams will be looking to avenge...

 

Bears fall short at Region V

Both Haines High School basketball teams were within reach of Class 2A state tournament berths last weekend in Sitka, but ended their seasons with los...

 

Hoops squads top Eagles, look forward to regionals

Both Haines High School varsity basketball teams picked up wins over Yakutat on Monday in their final games before next week’s Region V tournament....

 

'Old guys' lead Klukwan to Hotch tournament win

What the Dick Hotch Memorial Basketball Tournament lacked in participation, it made up for in parity, as the Klukwan Chilkats clinched the title...

 

Bears girls take 2 from Wrangell

Haines celebrated Senior Night on Tuesday with a 44-22 pounding of the Wrangell Lady Wolves. “It was a special night for the seniors,” said coach...

 

Wrangell takes series from Bears

The Haines High School boys’ varsity basketball team traveled to Wrangell last week for a rematch with the Wolves, but found a similar result....

 

Girls' team notches conference win

The Haines High School girls’ varsity basketball team picked up one win at Wrangell last weekend, and though the varsity boys failed to secure a...

 

Metlakatla tops Bears

The Haines Glacier Bears were winless in a slate of basketball games this weekend, but each squad had at least one contest that went down to the...

 

Three bears invited to all-star hoops

Three Haines High School athletes participated in Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches all-star games. Seniors Amey Messerschmidt, Hannah Wing...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 7, 2012

Assembly to revisit designation of former school lots

The Haines Borough Assembly last week reconsidered plans to proceed with the sale of lots formerly occupied by the primary school on Main Street....

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 7, 2012

Assembly reduces proposed trailer fee

The Haines Borough Assembly last week sunk a proposal to double annual and daily launch ramp fees. “I have no problem seeing an increase in the...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 7, 2012

Haines Dolphins seeking new coach

The Haines Dolphins swim team is looking to expand next season. “One of our goals for next year is to increase participation and at least double...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 31, 2012

Private group pushing for Lutak port

The Haines Borough recently launched a Haines Port Development Steering Committee. Three residents have since formed the Haines Port Development Counc...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 31, 2012

Borough's downtown road work to begin

More downtown construction is scheduled to begin next week, as part of a project that includes improvements to Third and Fourth avenues, Lynnview...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 31, 2012

Sen. Murkowski to visit June 1

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is scheduled to visit Haines on Friday, June 1, and attend three events open to the public. Murkowski first will speak at the...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 31, 2012

Visa program to last through fish season

Seafood processing – at least temporarily – will continue to benefit from a visa program that brings thousands of foreign students to Alaska each...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 31, 2012

Pet health fair set June 9

The Haines Animal Rescue Kennel is hosting a free health fair for pets on Saturday, June 9, at the ANB Hall. The 10 a.m.-1 p.m. event includes tips...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 31, 2012

Thirty-pounder leads derby's 1st week

Josh Bentz leads the 34th annual King Salmon Derby after the Memorial Day weekend, with a 30.4-pound catch. “It jumped clean out of the water and...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 31, 2012

Ophan seal gains weight, swims in Seward

A newborn harbor seal pup found in Haines May 2 has gained more than eight pounds and appears on track for release into the wild here later this...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 31, 2012

Police Blotter

Monday, May 28 A caller reported a reckless driver in the Fort Seward area. An officer gave the motorist a warning. Two callers reported a bear on...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 24, 2012

Games, waffle fest on tap for Brewfest

Entertainment following the 20th annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival this weekend includes a “Sudsy Pickle Challenge” obstacle...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 24, 2012

For 34th king derby, 19K in cash, prizes

The 34th annual King Salmon Derby features more than $19,000 in cash and prizes. “It’s just such a fun community event for everybody to get out...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 24, 2012

Charges filed in Lutak bear kill

A 33-year-old Haines man was charged this week with shooting big game from a boat and for failing to validate his harvest ticket immediately after...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 24, 2012

Drugs seized at border station

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release, Dalton Cache border station officers seized a small amount of narcotics on May 19....

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 24, 2012

Cleanup effort nets 159 bags, 4.5 tons

Residents collected more than four tons of garbage during the annual community cleanup this month. The total included 159 bags of trash turned in to...

 

Police Blotter

Monday, May 21 Road workers requested extra patrols of the construction zone on Main Street because motorists had been speeding in the area. Dispatch...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Lowe, Brower, Bolen amid 18 manager applicants

Residents John Brower, Gary Lowe and Debra Schnabel and former Haines Borough Manager Tom Bolen are among 18 applicants for the borough’s top job....

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Assistant manager job hire unclear

The Haines Borough is again advertising for a full-time executive assistant to the borough manager, and it was unclear this week whether the position...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Mayor seeks vote option to fill vacancies

The Haines Borough Assembly is advancing a question toward the fall ballot that would give members the option of calling a special election to fill va...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Assembly drops pay phone request

The Haines Borough Assembly last week hung up on a proposal to refer a discussion of pay phones to a committee. Newspaper editor Tom Morphet, at the r...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Two Dolphins swim at state championship

Haley Sweet-Cushing of the Haines Dolphins swim team posted top-10 finishes in four events at the Junior Olympics in Anchorage last month....

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

'Birdathon' spotters count 77 species

Upper Lynn Canal birders identified 77 species in the annual “Birdathon” that ran April 29 to May 5. Participants were to observe and identify as...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Tax appeal board votes on 5 complaints

Members of the Haines Borough Assembly acting as the Board of Equalization lowered one property assessment and kept four the same April 30. Lack of...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Mayor makes committee appointments

Mayor Stephanie Scott last month appointed residents to committees. Appointments included: Chilkat Center Advisory Board: Tara Bicknell and Kerry...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Hoops standout Swinton to join Fossman at UAA

Haines High senior Tyler Swinton has earned a spot on the University of Alaska Anchorage basketball team as a “preferred walk-on,” meaning he can...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Police: Enjoy Chilkoot bears

The Haines Borough Police Department’s blotter posted on Facebook last week included a humorous exchange from May 8. According to the blotter item,...

 

Police Blotter

Monday, May 14 A caller reported a moose headed toward a residence near Carr’s Cove. A caller reported a person was handling trash inappropriately o...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

Bird banding a long-haul effort

Migratory birds were the focus of bird-banding training last month in the Chilkat Valley, sponsored by the Ts’ats’ee Bird Observatory. “We got...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

Crew builds 9 tide pools at Lutak

A crew coordinated by the Takshanuk Watershed Council last month installed nine tide pools near Picture Point as part of the Haines Borough’s enviro...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

Hearings next week on comprehensive plan

Residents can weigh in on the Haines Borough’s draft comprehensive plan at two town meetings next week. Each meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. The...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

Athletes shine on home track

The Haines High School track and field teams hosted their annual home meet last weekend. The...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

Economic development wording axed

Mayor Stephanie Scott on Tuesday broke a tie vote of the Haines Borough Assembly to adopt an ordinance that removes code language mandating the...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

District trying out iPads for students

Bulky textbooks might soon be a thing of the past at the Haines School. Sam McPhetres, technology coordinator, and assistant Margarette Jones last...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

Man charged in poaching of pregnant cow moose

A 31-year-old Haines man this week was charged after allegedly poaching a pregnant moose found at about 38 Mile Haines Highway. State troopers on...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

Police hope local hire stems turnover

Haines Borough Police Chief Gary Lowe said he’s pursuing local hire in the wake of resignations from the department. Recent departures have reduced...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

Moose poaching investigated

A poached cow moose found at about 38 Mile Haines Highway on April 28 was pregnant with twins, state wildlife trooper Rick Merritt said this week. As...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

Borough rescues fireworks display

The annual Fourth of July fireworks display is back on schedule. The Haines Borough recently agreed to pay for insurance coverage for the event,...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

Changes are cooking at the harbor

Haines Borough Harbormaster Phil Benner and his staff are hosting a customer appreciation barbecue on Wednesday, May 16, and will share plans for...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

'Lemonade Day' aims for young merchants

Lemonade stands are set to spring up around town on Sunday, May 6, as part of Lemonade Day Alaska, an event that educates students about the...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

Earth Day celebration set for May 12

This year’s Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12, at the Haines School has a theme of food security. “People are...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

Assembly advances fix for appointments

The Haines Borough Assembly last week introduced an ordinance that would require a simple majority vote of remaining members to fill assembly...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

Former NBA player to address grads

Mark McNamara, an assistant coach for the Haines High School boys’ basketball team who played eight seasons in the NBA, has been named this...

 

Police Blotter

Monday, April 30 A caller requested assistance with her vehicle that was broken down on FAA Road. A friend was contacted. An officer issued a verbal...

 

Borough economic office may be axed

By Krista Kielsmeier Haines Borough code mandates the municipality have a department of economic development and a director to lead it. “Despite...

 

Benner returns as harbormaster

Phil Benner is returning to his post as Haines Borough harbormaster, three years after leaving the...

 

Clean-up effort now three-pronged

The annual community clean-up offers residents three ways to help spruce up their community. It all starts Saturday, May 5, with a Cinco de Mayo...

 

Fair 'fling' benefits member drive

The annual Spring Fling community barbecue and dance 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, will feature local performers Julia Scott and the Perpetual Beer Run...

 

Swim-a-thon raises $14,892

The Haines Dolphins swim team combined to swim 3,542 lengths of the pool in the annual Swim-a-Thon fundraiser. The 23 participants swam a total of...

 

Police Blotter

Monday, April 23 Juveniles were reported smoking marijuana in a residential area. A caller reported a restraining order had been violated. A tire on...

 

Cruise traffic to bump up slightly

About 30,000 cruise ship passengers are expected to arrive in Haines this summer on 25 dockings, tourism director Tanya Carlson said last week. Her...

 

Recycling group wins state honor

Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling this month selected Haines Friends of Recycling for a statewide award. The Anchorage-based ALPAR will...

 

Birdathon to benefit observatory

The annual “Birdathon,” a fundraiser for the Ts’ats’ee Bird Observatory, runs April 29 to May 5. Upper Lynn Canal birders are to observe and i...

 

Friedenauer leads KHNS news programs

Former Chilkat Valley News staffer Margaret Friedenauer started as news and public affairs director...

 

A forum for debate on local issues?

A public forum debate and discussion at the Haines School last month addressing whether income disparity is threatening the American Dream might lead...

 

'Master plan' would guide decisions on facilities

Add another plan to borough planning efforts. In addition to work on a comprehensive plan and a strategic plan, the Haines Borough is embarking on a...

 

'Pooper Troopers' sought

The Haines Animal Rescue Kennel is organizing “Pooper Troopers” to participate in an upcoming community cleanup. HARK executive director Steve...

 

News briefs

The Haines Borough Assembly last week approved $328,399 for replacement of the Haines High School gym floor. North Pacific Erectors of Juneau submitte...

 

Police Blotter

Monday, April 16 An officer warned a motorist for speeding. Sunday, April 15 A caller reported a domestic dispute at a Mosquito Lake residence. A...

 

Sales tax revenues up 1 percent in 2011

Haines Borough sales tax revenues increased 1 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, with retail showing the strongest gains and restaurants and bars...

 

Loss of visa work program not big impact to local processors

A State Department proposal to eliminate seafood processing from a visa program that brings thousands of foreign students to Alaska may not have a...

 

Assembly considers appointments

Members of the Haines Borough’s government affairs and services committee last week debated the role of special elections in filling assembly...

 

Benner hired; Lemcke here longer

The job shuffle at city hall continued this week with the temporary hire of Phil Benner as harbormaster, and a four-month extension for facilities...

 

‘Backroads Alaska’ campaign aims to entice more cruise ships to Haines

Haines Borough Tourism Director Tanya Carlson last week said the new “Backroads Alaska” campaign aims to bring additional cruise ships to the...

 

Earnest to leave June 15

Staff turnover reached the top of the Haines Borough this week, as manager Mark Earnest submitted his resignation, effective June 15. “We’re...

 

New console aimed at better 911 service response

The Haines Borough is seeking a federal grant to purchase and install a new dispatch console that would improve response to 911 calls. “Thank goodne...

 

Report says import LNG for Yukon mines

The potential for shipping ore from the Yukon Territory through Haines is slim unless trucks can back-haul liquid natural gas from here on return...

 

Borough juggles planning tasks

Confused about all the planning going on at the Haines Borough? The assembly is working on a “strategic plan,” a brief, “to-do list” of...

 

Does harbormaster need more power?

After considerable discussion, the Haines Borough Assembly has dropped the idea of making its harbormaster a “peace officer.” That puts the local...

 

Dolphins ready to make splash in fundraiser

The Haines Dolphins swim team’s Swim-a-Thon, the largest fundraiser of the year, is Saturday, March 31. Swimmers collect pledges for each length of...

 

Haxton signs with Montana college

Haines High School senior Brandon Haxton signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Rocky...

 

Manager assistant approved

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved hiring a full-time executive assistant to manager Mark Earnest, a position that would cost an...

 

Gardening conference blooms this week

The Greater Lynn Canal Garden Conference will spring up in Haines this weekend for the first time. Speakers from around the region, including Alaska...

 

Reporter Bicknell leaving KHNS

Tara Bicknell plans to leave her post as news and public affairs director for KHNS by early April. “I don’t have anything specific lined up, and...

 

HARK event offers to 'chip' dogs

“Pelly,” a husky mix that resident Marnie Hartman adopted in Whitehorse, Y.T., came with an implanted microchip that stored contact information...

 

Local GOP for Romney

Mitt Romney won the Presidential Preference Poll of local Republicans on Tuesday, when turnout was a third of the 2008 total. Residents cast 39 votes...

 

Harbormaster to leave April 1; apply by March 29

Haines Borough Harbormaster Ed Barrett submitted his resignation last week. “I wish the organization and the community well,” Barrett wrote in...

 

Glacier Bears’ hopes quashed at tourney

Both Glacier Bear basketball teams met similar fates in Ketchikan last week, routing Wrangell and...

 

Assembly OKs GPS spot checks

The Haines Borough Assembly last week approved an ordinance for spot checks of global positioning system data to monitor compliance with helicopter...

 

Assembly moves to make GPS data public for ‘spot checks’

Under a proposed ordinance up for adoption Tuesday, global positioning system data for helicopter skiing submitted to the Haines Borough is public...

 

Funds set for center roof study

The Haines Borough Assembly has slated $50,000 for a Chilkat Center roof engineering study and $75,000 for a borough-wide facility master plan. The...

 

Bears clinch last home win

A ferocious Haines defense sparked by an all-senior starting lineup wore down Mount Edgecumbe on...

 

Assembly leans to spot check heli-ski GPS data

Mayor Stephanie Scott on Tuesday twice broke tie votes of the Haines Borough Assembly regarding global positioning system data for helicopter skiing,...

 

Assembly agrees to hear SEABA permit appeal

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Feb. 28, will rehear a planning commission decision that denied a company’s request for a permit to use a...

 

Scott appoints six to task force for community center design

Mayor Stephanie Scott last month appointed six residents to a task force that will examine responses to a “request for qualifications” for...

 

Beginnings of park at Picture Point approved

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved an ordinance to establish a park at Picture Point. “This ordinance just pertains to the tidelands, a...

 

New public health nurse familiar to Southeast area

Tari “Ty” Esposito said when she arrived in Haines as the acting public health nurse last fall, “I loved the town as soon as I got here.”...

 

Whitehorse stands tall over competition in Hotch tournament

A massive Whitehorse team avenged two earlier losses to a Juneau squad to take the title at the Dick...

 

Glacier Bears tackle Yukoners

The Haines boys’ basketball team posted two wins over a Yukon squad last weekend. The visitors made the trip from Whitehorse, and the exhibition gam...

 

Ordinance aims to keep peace at boat harbor

As Haines Borough harbormaster for more than a year, Ed Barrett said he’s never been physically hurt during a dispute, but he has “heard some...

 

Ordinance aims to keep peace at boat harbor

As Haines Borough harbormaster for more than a year, Ed Barrett said he’s never been physically hurt during a dispute, but he has “heard some...

 

Boys sweep Metlakatla on home court

Senior Brandon Haxton’s dunk on Saturday closed out another strong second half for the Haines...

 

Survey: Visitors dislike cloudy weather but enjoy sunny disposition of locals

A Haines Borough cruise and fast ferry passenger survey showed tourists want more sunshine and even a Subway restaurant, but a vast majority were...

 

Students command attention at Chilkat Center

During a jam-packed weekend at the Haines School, Drama, Debate and Forensics competitors shifted...

 

Borough Digest

26 Mile repeater needs replacing Manager Mark Earnest informed the Haines Borough Assembly last week that a 26 Mile repeater was “down, and it...

 

Permit for 26 Mile heliport struck down

The Haines Borough Planning Commission last week in a 3-3 vote denied a company’s request for a permit to use a 26 Mile heliport for commercial...

 

Assembly wants more Chilkat Center options

The Haines Borough Assembly this week directed manager Mark Earnest to provide a report outlining options for maintenance and ownership of the...

 

DDF hosts weekend meet

Sophomore Polly Bryant placed first in solo acting and earned an encore, command performance for the Haines High School Drama, Debate and Forensics...

 

Borough manager's contract extended

The Haines Borough Assembly approved an 18-month contract extension and 2 percent pay raise for borough manager Mark Earnest following an evaluation...

 

Alcan racers ready; purse increased

The 43rd Alcan 200 offers $1,500 in guaranteed prize money for the first local finisher on Saturday at 42 Mile Haines Highway. Chris Brooks of Haines...

 

GPS data a trade secret? Heli-ski companies want coordinates to be confidential

The Haines Borough Assembly in a 4-2 vote Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would make global positioning system data for helicopter skiing...

 

DOT lays out road, sidewalk upgrades

State transportation officials laid out plans for improvements to roads and sidewalks along main corridors used by cruise ship passengers at a...

 

Thomas: Put strings on center funds

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, this week said he would request $600,000 in legislative funding for the Chilkat Center, if the borough gives up the...

 

Teenage miner Schnabel nets rush of fans from hit TV show

Is Parker Schnabel a household name? The Haines High School senior and star of Discovery Channel’s reality television show "Gold Rush"...

 

Police track footprints to rescue ill woman

Heavy snowfall may have served as a lifeline late Sunday night, as Haines Borough police officer Jason Rettinger tracked a missing...

 

Klukwan clinic expands staff, reach

A wintry drive from Klukwan to Haines is all the more grueling when you’re in poor health. An expanded level of care and staffing at Southeast...

 

Fish study an 'uphill battle'

The Haines Borough would spend up to $15,000 on a Lynn Canal Gillnetters Association study aimed at improving sockeye escapement to Chilkat and Chilko...

 

Alcohol task force seeks teen members

The Haines Alcohol Task Force is sending a two-pronged message aimed at underage drinkers: Don’t drink, but if you do, act safely. "Our...

 

Speech team rocks at Wrangell; preps for state

The Haines High School Drama, Debate and Forensics team placed in a wide range of events at Wrangell last weekend. "I don’t believe Haines...

 

Manager Earnest plans exit within 2 years

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest plans to depart his position within the next two years to further the education of his 9-year-old son, who has com...

 

Weather cuts phone, cell and Internet

Swirling snow kept repairmen from reaching a mountaintop, microwave repeater tower near Sullivan River last weekend, effectively cutting off...

 

Eagle festival lifts off for 17th year

A completed eagle enclosure, including artificial trees, a waterfall and diorama backdrop will be open for the 17th Alaska Bald Eagle Festival this...

 

Sign ordinance making way through assembly

An ordinance to permit off-premises or "sandwich" signs as a conditional use will go to the Haines Borough’s government affairs and...

 

Grant to focus on healthy living efforts; Funding options may include local food, anti-smoking programs

Adding local foods to school lunches, improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and stopping youth smoking are programs that could get funding...

 

Four approved for consulting pool

The Haines Borough Assembly last week voted 4-1 to authorize manager Mark Earnest to hire from a pool of four consultants for the...

 

Picture Point, parks to be addressed in borough code

The Haines Borough would establish a public park at Picture Point and increase regulation of parks borough-wide under two ordinances the assembly...

 

Assembly pencils in $30K for wrecks

The Haines Borough Assembly would spend up to $30,000 to remove and dispose of junk on a Small Tracts Road property under a "last resort"...

 

Hank the dog helps collar young readers

Hank "the reading dog" was a hit with Haines School students this month. The canine observed first, second and third-graders as they read...

 

Kensington gets housing OK; On-site dorms expected to help local miners

The Kensington gold mine has been approved to offer permanent, on-site housing, a move long supported by the Haines Borough Assembly to make the mine...

 

Spikers finish with split vs. Craig

The Haines volleyball team closed out its regular season last weekend at home by splitting with Craig. The Glacier Bears first topped Craig, 3-2, but...

 

Klukwan benefit raises about $9K for heritage hall

About 100 people attended Saturday’s benefit dinner and auction for the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center in Klukwan. "We found documents that...

 

Consultants to lead borough's big jobs

The Haines Borough is looking to contractors for planning and execution of its major projects, including an expanded port and a "community"...

 

Solidarity protest targets influence of money on government

Occupy Wall Street came to Haines Saturday afternoon, when about 30 people demonstrated for an hour at George Mark Park. "There are a couple of...

 

Group of 30 brainstorms future of Chilkat Center

The Haines Borough’s government affairs and services committee and about 30 residents on Tuesday brainstormed how to best manage and promote...

 

Scott wins mayor's race by 47 votes; First meeting with new leaders Nov. 15

Haines Borough voters selected Stephanie Scott as their new mayor, by a 47-vote margin, a canvass of outstanding ballots determined Tuesday. She recei...

 

Assembly rejects allowing ATVs on roads

The Haines Borough Assembly in a 3-2 vote Tuesday ditched an often-delayed ordinance that would have permitted the operation of all-terrain vehicles...

 

School demolition next week; More voices join effort to save old school, gym

Some residents mounted a last-ditch effort to save the elementary school and gym this month, but demolition appears on track to start next week....

 

Borough may reboot website

The Haines Borough is accepting proposals for website redesign and development through Friday, Nov. 4. "We want something that’s fast and m...

 

Pochardt takes over borough CYD effort

Meredith Pochardt turned a summer job with Takshanuk Watershed Council into a longer stay in Haines. Pochardt last week started as the Haines...

 

Spiker Young gets all-tourney honor

The Haines varsity volleyball team had a jam-packed weekend in Juneau, and topped 4A Thunder Mountain to win the Silver bracket championship. Assistan...

 

It's Smith, Schnabel; Outstanding ballots to decide mayor

The race for Haines Borough mayor is too close to call, with challenger Stephanie Scott leading Jan Hill by 30 votes as of press time Wednesday....

 

Members sought for port steering group

Borough manager Mark Earnest has recommended an 18-member Haines Port Development Steering Committee. "It’s an advisory group,"...

 

Assembly approves razing gym, school

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday turned down an eleventh-hour request to save the elementary school and gym, voting 5-0 for demolition....

 

Recall would oust Hoffman, Waterman

Voters Tuesday will decide whether Haines Borough Assembly members Daymond Hoffman and Joanne Waterman should be removed from office. Recall...

 

Assembly to vote on old school demolition

Members of the Haines Borough Assembly are set to approve a bid for demolishing the remaining portion of the old elementary school at their meeting on...

 

Manager suggests creation of port development committee; Several projects also set to go out to bid soon

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has recommended the launch of a Haines Port Development Steering Committee to promote Lutak Dock. In a recent...

 

ATV ordinance hearing delayed once again

The Haines Borough Assembly on Sept. 13 again delayed a proposed ordinance that would permit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on borough streets...

 

Rec board gets off the ground; Group shows support for events, trails

The Haines Borough’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee debuted Tuesday, with members selecting officers for the re-established group and...

 

School study went idle as demolition loomed

also by Tom Morphet Progress on a "programming study" to determine who and what might go into a renovated elementary school apparently...

 

Tainted soil awaits cleanup

Leveling at the site of the demolished primary school building last month was completed independent of concerns about contaminated soil there, said...

 

Couple leads Klukwan School

Newlyweds Benjamin and Amanda Henderson recently moved from Colorado to teach at Klukwan School. "The cultural perspective has been really big...

 

Memo: Old gym posed limitations

The project manager for a study on a proposed Haines Borough recreation center at the old elementary school said initial results suggest "it was...

 

Process botched, says job-seeker

Delays in the hiring process and a mistake in the advertised pay left the Haines Borough’s choice for its firefighter job uncertain about...

 

CIA housing project readying for tenants

Chilkoot Indian Association tribal administrator Dave Berry said when the new Chilkoot Estates subdivision is within view, he’s surprised by...

 

Task force wants to connect with youths

The first meeting of an alcohol task force Wednesday focused on connecting with youths instead of "preaching" at them. Nine residents...

 

Glacier Bear spikers sweep at Wrangell; Play Sitka at home this weekend

The Haines volleyball team made its season debut last weekend with sweeps on Wrangell’s home court. The varsity Glacier Bears went undefeated...

 

Elliott: Lack of gym space limited program

According to the Haines Borough’s most recent Community Youth Development (CYD) director, a facilities crunch has restricted the growth of the p...

 

Police put down problem bear

A brown bear that pushed its way into sheds and a garage was "shot several times" and killed Saturday night near the Deishu Drive senior hou...

 

Alcohol meeting draws crowd, ideas; Residents ask police for more enforcement

Speakers at a town hall meeting Wednesday called for a community-wide crackdown on drunken driving and underage drinking. Resident Heather Lende said...

 

Elliott to lead BBBS

Sarah Elliott will start as the new community director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Upper Lynn Canal on Friday, Sept. 2. Elliott will step in for...

 

Sheldon to replace 'ugly' carpet

According to Sheldon Museum director Jerrie Clarke, a $40,000 upgrade in the building will help guests "see the exhibits, not the carpet."...

 

Runners open season strong in Juneau

The Haines High School cross-country teams opened their season Saturday, Aug. 27, in Juneau, with siblings Quinn and Zayla Asquith-Heinz leading the w...

 

Borough gets funds to buy Picture Point; Federal road agency gives $500K

The Haines Borough has been awarded $495,840 in federal money for the acquisition of Picture Point. The U.S. Department of Transportation listed...

 

Assembly sends recall effort to ballot

Haines Borough Assembly members Daymond Hoffman and Joanne Waterman on Tuesday joined in unanimous votes to put their own recall elections on the ball...

 

Senior-laden team aims for state; Volleyball season kicks off next week at Wrangell

The Haines volleyball team returns six seniors for another run at the state tournament. "We’ve got one goal: We want to go to state,"...

 

Borough to halt rec center study, pursue planning

The Haines Borough will halt a $14,442 study aimed at determining the need for a recreation center in Haines. Instead, the borough assembly will seek...

 

Town hall meeting to address alcohol issues

Police chief Gary Lowe will facilitate a town hall meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Chilkat Center to address alcohol abuse and misuse in...

 

HFR fills van with junk as town delivers scrap

Last weekend’s scrap metal drive at Haines Friends of Recycling was "a huge success," said Melissa Aronson, HFR chair. "We had a...

 

Recall petitions OK'd

Recall votes for Haines Borough Assembly members Daymond Hoffman and Joanne Waterman will be on the ballot for the October municipal election....

 

Assembly OKs SEABA permit

The Haines Borough Assembly on Aug. 9 unanimously renewed a commercial permit for Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures (SEABA), but members said th...

 

Voters won't get tourism tax issue; Rossman, Lapp, Waterman vote keeps question off October ballot

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday shot down a proposed ordinance to put the borough’s municipal sales tax designated for tourism promotion...

 

Argh! State says ballplayer is pirate; Troopers hook MLB's top pick

The top pick in this year’s Major League Baseball draft apparently struck out on a recent visit to Haines, tallying $305 in fines for snagging...

 

Recall petitions expected Friday; Organizers say they'll have enough signatures for vote

Jim Shook, chairman of the Haines Recall Committee, said petitions for the potential recall of Haines Borough Assembly members Daymond Hoffman and...

 

DDF coach Cohen helps islanders debate future

Gershon Cohen, coach of the Haines High School Drama, Debate and Forensics team, flew to the Marshall Islands last month to help develop debate...

 

Dolphins hire new coach

Tyler Wyatt will make his first trip to Alaska later this month to start his job as the new head coach of the Haines Dolphins swim team....

 

Election lineup finalized; Smith and Hess vie for seat, again

The filing period for the Haines Borough’s October municipal election closed Friday, with contested races for mayor and the Haines Borough...

 

Assembly proceeds with demolition

The Haines Borough Assembly on July 26 voted to start the process of demolishing the rest of the old elementary school building. Assemblyman Scott...

 

Former cop pleads not guilty

A former Haines Borough Police Department officer on July 28 pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony perjury. Kevin K. Kennedy, 29, allegedly lied...

 

Little League gets into action at tourney

A Haines Little League team went winless at the Alaska District 2 Baseball Tournament in Juneau last month. Despite the losses, coach Gary Stigen said...

 

Vick spared from recall

Haines Borough clerk Julie Cozzi on July 21 rejected an application for the recall of assemblyman Steve Vick, on the recommendation of borough...

 

ATV ordinance postponed until September; Police chief opposes, citing safety concerns

Adoption of a proposed ordinance to permit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on Haines Borough streets and roads has been postponed until at...

 

Former cop charged with felony perjury; Kennedy accused of lying about DUI

A former Haines Borough Police Department officer has been charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath as a witness in a Haines DUI and...

 

Rec center could make October ballot

A vote to measure demand for a community recreation center could join a potentially crowded ballot in October, but a decision on the future of the...

 

Wise beyond their years; Youths graduate new bird handler program with knowledge to share

Dylan occasionally overshadows other birds at the American Bald Eagle Foundation, even though the Eastern screech owl stands only six inches tall...

 

Is proposed ballot language too taxing for voters? Assembly considers wording for tour tax public vote

Shall a proposed Haines Borough ordinance that "eliminates the designation of one percent of borough-wide sales tax proceeds for use in tourism...

 

Borough gets new ambulance; Firefighter-EMT position opens

The Haines Borough last month received a new ambulance, with federal and state money picking up 90 percent of the bill. "There is grant funding...

 

Lemcke steps in as interim public facilities director

Brian Lemcke, the Haines Borough’s new interim director of public facilities, said his first few days on the job have shown "there’s...

 

Klukwan team sweeps up at Dustball Tourney

A men’s Klukwan team at last weekend’s Dustball International Slo-Pitch Tournament in Whitehorse lost its first two softball games and...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    July 7, 2011

Single car crash kills one; Alcohol suspected; 3 DUIs issued

A one-vehicle accident early on the Fourth of July killed Jonathan Michael Graham of Haines just two weeks after his 21st birthday. Graham was...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    July 7, 2011

Ford family helps Civil Air Patrol take flight

When officer Simon Ford isn’t patrolling the streets for the Haines Borough Police Department, he’s the commander for the new Civil Air Pa...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    July 7, 2011

Next ATV ordinance hearing delayed

The second public hearing for an ordinance to permit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on borough streets and roads has been set for Tuesday,...

 

Assembly takes steps to put tour tax on ballot

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday showed support for placing the borough’s 1 percent municipal sales tax dedicated for tourism promotion...

 

Hess settlement approved; Borough to pay portion of legal fees from lawsuit

The Haines Borough will pay Karen Hess $23,500 in legal fees and costs arising from a lawsuit she won in Superior Court against the borough and...

 

Hartman only applicant for rec board; borough still seeking applications

Applications for the Haines Borough’s revived, seven-member Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee are still being accepted, after only one...

 

Library looks for more stable funding

The Haines Borough Public Library will continue to shift from grant-funded staff positions in fiscal year 2012, when the salary for youth services coo...

 

Expert: Assembly violated code

According to a government specialist with the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs, the Haines Borough Assembly "should have...

 

Assembly to discuss tour tax

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill said the borough’s 1 percent municipal sales tax for tourism promotion and economic development will be on the...

 

Bike event policed for open containers

Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay organizers said Saturday post-race festivities drew stricter law enforcement this year, but police chief Gary...

 

ATV ordinance takes shape

By Krista Kielsmeier The Haines Borough Assembly on June 14 introduced an ordinance that would permit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on...

 

Borough approves cruise study

The McDowell Group of Juneau will conduct a $19,900 Haines cruise passenger study this summer. The Haines Borough Assembly on June 14 approved the...

 

Open seat to be decided in vote; Assembly can't agree; one member suggests pulling name out of hat

After a two-hour stalemate and failed compromise Monday, the five remaining members of the Haines Borough Assembly ditched the appointment process to...

 

Borough facilities director resigns

Departing Haines Borough facilities director Brad Maynard cited a "lack of teamwork and support" from the borough administration as his...

 

Neighbors: Heliports not welcome at 26 Mile

Some residents at 26 Mile Haines Highway want their area rezoned like the Mud Bay planning and zoning district, which now specifically prohibits...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 9, 2011

Dock parking ban irks locals

The Haines Borough put together a parking plan for Port Chilkoot Dock this week after residents reacted angrily to warning tickets they received for...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 9, 2011

Eleven seek assembly seat

Eleven people applied for an interim appointment to fill Greg Goodman’s vacated Haines Borough Assembly seat. John Brower, Dave Canipe, Debora...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 9, 2011

King derby nets a slew of salmon

The 33rd annual King Salmon Derby concluded Sunday with a whopping one-day take of 41 kings. Resident Bob Piper, with his 39-pound catch, edged his...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 9, 2011

Survey: Rec center wanted most

Survey results presented at Friday’s Haines Borough comprehensive plan town hall meeting showed strong support for a community recreation center...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 2, 2011

Effort aims to end 1 percent tour tax

Resident Sally McGuire this week said she is preparing to collect signatures for a ballot initiative to abolish the Haines Borough’s 1 percent...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 2, 2011

Doggone it! Burglars steal 2 dogs at HARK

Two apparent pranksters squeezed through a pet door to nab two dogs from the Haines Animal Rescue Kennel last week, then took the animals to a party,...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 2, 2011

Borough health costs up 18 percent

The Haines Borough will budget an additional $86,217 for employee health insurance costs in the upcoming fiscal year, an 18 percent increase from...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 26, 2011

Assembly seeking interest in open seat

Residents seeking appointment to Greg Goodman’s vacated Haines Borough Assembly seat must submit a letter of interest to the borough office by...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 26, 2011

ATVs on local roads? Borough gets request

The Haines Borough Assembly next month is expected to introduce an ordinance that would permit all-terrain vehicles to operate on borough streets and...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 26, 2011

First meeting gathers 'Friends of Picture Point'

About 20 people attended a May 18 meeting to support Haines Borough acquisition of Picture Point, and several called for the borough assembly to...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 26, 2011

'Gold Rush' scripts 'last day of school' for student

Friday was Parker Schnabel’s last day of classes as a junior at Haines High School, at least according to the script. "I’m pretty exc...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 19, 2011

Open seat may go to appointee

Haines Borough attorney Brooks Chandler has recommended Greg Goodman’s vacated borough assembly seat be filled by appointment until the October...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 19, 2011

Recreation group to reorganize; Members quit in 2008, citing lack of effectiveness

The Haines Borough Assembly on May 10 advanced an ordinance that would form an advisory committee for parks and recreation programs, resurrecting a...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 19, 2011

Borough discusses taxi insurance

A Haines Borough requirement of $500,000 general liability insurance for commercial passenger vehicles is tied to the costs of medevac emergencies,...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 19, 2011

Chamber 'shop local' effort will continue

By Krista Kielsmeier The Haines Chamber of Commerce’s "Think Haines First" campaign launched in April, and chamber president Ned Rozbi...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 19, 2011

Town shuttle changes hands; $1 fee to be charged

Northland Excursions will provide 2011 cruise visitor shuttle services following Haines Borough Assembly approval on May 10. As of this week, though,...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 12, 2011

Court: Goodman out, hold new vote

Greg Goodman has lost his seat on the Haines Borough Assembly following an appeal from write-in candidate Karen Hess, according to a posting...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 12, 2011

Discrepancies in DUI enforcement

When is a DUI not a DUI? That’s a question some residents are asking in the wake of recent court cases in Haines, where the scales of justice...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 12, 2011

Tax appeals: 32 get cut in assessments

Resident Dave Stickler’s Monday appearance before the Haines Borough Board of Equalization slashed $146,200 from the assessed value of a 25 Mile...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 12, 2011

Eight represent school at Art Fest

Eight students represented Haines at Art Fest 2011 in Petersburg last month. The group included freshmen Coral Bauer, Libby Jacobson, Sasha Mackowiak...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 12, 2011

Vick retires as Dolphins coach

Steve Vick wrapped up his Haines Dolphins swim team head coaching career last month in Whitehorse Y.T., at a meet open to rookies. Fifteen Dolphins ma...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 5, 2011

Assembly votes 4-2 for new signs

Haines Borough Assembly member Scott Rossman on April 26 again voiced his disapproval of awarding a contract to an out-of-town business for Haines sig...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 5, 2011

Juneau the focus of redistricting meeting in Haines

A Wednesday visit from representatives of the Alaska Redistricting Board centered on what to do with Juneau as new district lines are drawn across the...

 

Assembly OKs hike in wharfage rates; Fast ferry docking fee approved

Following a fourth public hearing on increasing rates for using Lutak Dock, the Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday adopted the ordinance without...

 

Earnest, Hill detail Washington trip

Mayor Jan Hill and Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to lobby for money in support of projects such as...

 

Picked, clicked groups net $16K

Ten local nonprofits have received pledges totaling $15,650 through the 2011 Permanent Fund Dividend’s “Pick. Click Give.” program....

 

SEABA seeks planners' OK of heliport at 26 Mile

Members of the Haines Borough Planning Commission on Thursday were slated to consider a conditional use permit for a 26 Mile Haines Highway heliport...

 

Day aims to lift student attitudes

Tuesday at Haines High School will be the local debut of Challenge Day, a nationwide program with a vision “that every child lives in a world...

 

Students get a whole new latitude

The Haines Venturer Scouts challenged three Ecuadorean mountains during their two-week trek in South America. "It was extremely challenging,...

 

Residents join march against abuse

About 30 people marched down Main Street on Thursday, urging Alaskans to “Choose Respect.” “Our march represented taking a stand...

 

Earnest gets passing grade on evaluation

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest received an average score of 3.6 of 5 possible points on his recent evaluation, indicating he met or exceeded job...

 

'Big Air' contest set for Sunday

Wacky weather won’t ground this year’s Olen Nash Memorial Big Air Contest, set for around noon Sunday near Three Guardsmen Mountain in...

 

Manager approves 2,200 skier days

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has allocated a total of 2,200 skier days to the borough’s three helicopter skiing tour operators for a...

 

Swim-a-thon sets record

Members of the Haines Dolphins swim team again have set records in their annual swim-a-thon fundraiser. “We raised $20,000 with a smaller team...

 

Borough comprehensive plan begins with scientific survey

The Haines Borough’s updated comprehensive plan will explore "what Haines is going to look like in the year 2020 and how we chart a path...

 

Jones to play on all-star team

Haines High School senior Abby Jones will get another shot to impress college recruiters next weekend at an Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches...

 

Borough seeks end of garbage contract; Assembly backs free-market tact

The Haines Borough is taking steps to dump its involvement in garbage collection. Haines Sanitation owner Tom Hall, who holds an exclusive contract...

 

Assembly OKs 3rd heli-skiing company

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved Alaska Mountain Guides (AMG) as the third helicopter skiing tour operator in the borough. The...

 

Non-profits seeking $114K from borough

Thirteen local nonprofit organizations have requested a total of $114,696 from the Haines Borough for the upcoming fiscal year. The Haines Borough...

 

Scenic funds sought for Point buy; Federal program hasn't awarded money since 2009

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest this week said the next step in possible borough acquisition of Picture Point is to apply for a National Scenic...

 

Haines speller out in round 2

Sixth-grader Ketch Jacobson, 12, represented the Haines School at Alaska’s state spelling bee March 3 in Anchorage. Ketch correctly spelled...

 

Assembly reduces proposed hike in Lutak Dock rates

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday trimmed proposed rate increases for using Lutak Dock. Business representatives had met with borough manager...

 

Census: Population grew 5% since 2000; Town bucking trend in Southeast

The Haines Borough’s population has increased nearly 5 percent since 2000, according to 2010 U.S. census figures released Wednesday....

 

Assembly to revisit dock rates Tuesday

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday is set to have further discussion on proposed exponential rate increases for using Lutak Dock. "I think...

 

Signs more than a pole in ground; Finding way not so obvious to newcomers here

The Haines Borough Assembly in a 4-2 vote March 8 authorized $14,052 to MRV Architects of Juneau for final design on a signage project that aims to...

 

Ordinance would require hearing for new heli-ports

The Haines Borough Assembly on March 8 advanced an ordinance that would make heliports a conditional use in the general use planning and zoning...

 

Roof bid under budget

The winning bid for roof maintenance and replacement at the Haines Senior Center came in nearly $25,000 under budget. The Haines Borough Assembly on...

 

Cheerleader squad wins at state; Haines tops four larger schools to take division

The Haines High School cheerleaders Tuesday topped four much larger schools to win their division at the state competition in Anchorage. "For...

 

Assembly OKs 2,600 skier-days

After a fifth public hearing to discuss a revised helicopter skiing ordinance, the Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday adopted an ordinance that would...

 

Paintball, ski biathlon set for Saturday

The first Takshanuk Biathlon is scheduled for noon Saturday at Chilkoot Lake. The event combines an approximately 5K cross-country ski race with...

 

Skagway, Haines mull joint projects

Hydropower and transportation were two items on what Mayor Jan Hill called a "limitless" list of potential areas for collaboration between t...

 

Bradfords lead Dolphins' effort

The sibling duo of Casey Bradford, 13, and Brittney Bradford, 11, represented the Haines Dolphins swim team at a Fairbanks meet last weekend, and...

 

Hike proposed in freight rates

The Haines Borough is considering exponential rate increases for using Lutak Dock, under a proposed ordinance set for a second public hearing...

 

Juno wins Hotch tournament

An undersized Haines Merchants team advanced to the finals of the Dick Hotch Memorial Basketball Tournament Sunday, but fell 137-81 to a powerhouse...

 

TV's 'Gold Rush' miners head to the Yukon

 Todd Hoffman and his mining crew are moving to Canada. Friday’s "Full Disclosure" epilogue of "Gold Rush: Alaska" on t...

 

DDF's Bowman wins state speaking award

The Haines High School Drama, Debate and Forensics team won titles in two events at the state competition in Anchorage last weekend. Senior Chris...

 

Attorney Folta pens novel 'Raven'

When Richard Folta returns to Haines in early March, he’ll have a book to promote. Folta, a 75-year-old attorney and second-generation Alaskan,...

 

Goodman suit goes to judge; Ruling expected in election challenge by April or May

A lawsuit filed in Superior Court against the Haines Borough and assembly member Greg Goodman is ready for a judge’s decision. Z. Kent Sullivan...

 

Lady Bears win 2, boys lose 2; regionals Wednesday

The Haines Lady Glacier Bears sent off seniors Abby Jones and Jolene Lemieux with two wins over Mount Edgecumbe last weekend. Haines topped the...

 

Hamilton, St. Clair lead Dolphins

Blake Hamilton of the Haines Dolphins swim team placed third overall at the Great Alaska Open in Juneau last weekend. Hamilton, 18, was first in the...

 

Assembly advances 2,600 skier days

Following more than an hour of comments at a Haines Borough Assembly public hearing Tuesday, members advanced a revised helicopter skiing ordinance...

 

Skagway makes rec center work

As MRV Architects of Juneau proceeds with a study to measure demand for a potential Haines community recreation center, the Skagway Recreation Center...

 

Major heli-ski issues up in air

With less than a week until possible adoption of a revised helicopter skiing ordinance, a mayor-appointed work group has yet to reach consensus on...

 

Borough buys 'lawn tractor' for $18K

The Haines Borough Assembly on Feb. 8 authorized the purchase of a lawn tractor from Bigfoot Auto Service for a cost not to exceed $17,985. It...

 

Light clinches Haines' Triple Threat victory

Haines High School freshman Devin Light drained two free throws late to seal the win that closed out the annual Triple Threat Tournament last weekend...

 

Hamilton accepted into U.S. Naval Academy

A phone message from Sen. Lisa Murkowski this month alerted Haines High School senior Blake Hamilton of his acceptance into the United States Naval...

 

More skier days, 3rd operator proposed; Plan would up skier days to 2,600, incorporate 'photographer days'

Resident Rob Goldberg said he stopped answering his phone following a proposal to more than double the Haines Borough’s heli-skiing skier-day...

 

Hess attorney targets Goodman's voter record

Arguments outlined by attorneys in a lawsuit filed in Superior Court against the Haines Borough and assembly member Greg Goodman have centered on the...

 

Old gym: Community or recreation center?

If the Haines Borough moves forward with upgrades to the old elementary gymnasium and adjoining classroom space, will the facility serve as a "co...

 

Youth hoops tourney in town

More than 20 youth basketball teams are expected at the annual Triple Threat Tournament this weekend at the Haines School. "We do this...

 

Police hope to revive reserves

The Haines Borough Police Department is seeking applicants for the reactivation of its volunteer reserve police officer program. Reserve officers...

 

Rec center meetings set Friday, Saturday

Residents interested in a community recreation center proposed for the old elementary gymnasium are encouraged to attend a 5 p.m. meeting Friday in...

 

Borough offered terms for Point

Owner Roger Beasley has offered the Haines Borough up to three acres at "Picture Point" and is willing to carry a note for the purchase...

 

Borough accelerates port work for potential bond

In preparation for "an emerging opportunity" to secure Lutak Dock funding, Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has requested to speed up the...

 

Carlson to start March 1 as tour director

Tanya Carlson will return to Alaska as the Haines Borough’s tourism director. Carlson, a product developer for Holiday Vacations in Wisconsin,...

 

High school DDF squad preps for state competition

Ten members of Haines High School’s Drama, Debate and Forensics team traveled to Juneau last weekend for their final tournament before this...

 

Winter triathlon set for Saturday, Feb. 12

Haines Animal Rescue Kennel and the Southeast Alaska State Fair will host the free "Hooves and Paws Winter Tune-up" Saturday, Feb. 12, with...

 

Girl wins membership with owl name, 'Aspen'

Natalie Humphrey-Kauffman, 10, won a contest to name a great gray owl at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. The owl now is called Aspen, because Nata...

 

Jacobson wins bee after long battle

Sixth-grader Ketch Jacobson topped 10 other students in a lengthy spelling bee at the Haines School Wednesday, finally clinching the title with "...

 

Assembly renews SEABA permit

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday voted 6-0 to renew a commercial permit for Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures (SEABA) following lengthy...

 

Book aims at solving conflict

Sixty copies of the book "Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most" have circulated throughout Haines in recent weeks....

 

Fish run pushes up gull numbers in annual Audubon count

Numbers of gulls nearly tripled to 1,425 during the annual Audubon bird count, possibly due to a run of fish in Chilkat Inlet. "Several thousand...

 

Dolphins make mark at Games

The Haines Dolphins swim team had more than 30 participants in the annual Winter Games last weekend at the Haines swimming pool. "We measure...

 

Alcan racers run miles of asphalt

The average speed of Saturday’s Alcan 200 winner dipped below 100 mph as frigid temperatures and scant snow cover challenged the field. Jarrid...

 

Student speakers reach final round at Ketchikan

All 10 Haines High School participants in a Drama, Debate and Forensics tournament last weekend in Ketchikan made the finals in at least one event....

 

Scouts resume push to finish camp

The Haines Venturer Scouts have requested additional legislative funding for a Boy Scout camp on Mud Bay Road. Greg Podsiki, director of both the camp...

 

Assembly OKs study of rec use; MRV to conduct local interviews

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday authorized $14,442 for MRV Architects of Juneau to measure the potential use of a community recreation center...

 

Alcan racers ready, snow or no

The Alcan 200, the longest snowmachine road race in North America, returns for its 42nd running 10 a.m. Saturday. "We’ve got some real...

 

Volunteers needed to host Winter Games

The Haines Dolphins swim team will host its annual Winter Games Jan. 21-23. Racing is scheduled to start 6 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday and...

 

Hess case briefs due in February

A lawsuit filed in Superior Court against the Haines Borough and assembly member Greg Goodman will proceed with a series of briefs due by...

 

Point acquisition hits questions, criticism

Real estate agent Jim Studley said Picture Point owner Roger Beasley is interested in working with the Haines Borough to acquire two scenic pullouts...

 

Demand for a rec center? Potential usestudy proposed

Borough facilities director Brad Maynard has prepared a request for MRV Architects of Juneau to measure demand for a community recreation center that...

 

Rescuers reach for fallen Ripinsky hiker

A team from Haines and Skagway early today climbed within shouting distance of a fallen hiker who’d spent 12 hours braced against a tree on a...

 

Hess to seek administrative appeal

Karen Hess will pursue her appeal of last fall’s municipal election as an administrative appeal instead of a civil suit. "We filed an admin...

 

Dennis husband and wife to lead ANB,ANS

The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood installed their new officers last month at the ANB/ANS Hall. Husband and wife team Raymond...

 

Carlson offered job as tourism director

Borough manager Mark Earnest has offered the tourism director position to a 2001 University of Alaska-Southeast graduate who worked as a naturalist fo...

 

U.S. Senate bill with harbor work funds voted down

A U.S. Senate bill that included $478,000 for the Haines harbor was defeated last month, but borough manager Mark Earnest said he is...

 

Reporter gives inside view of Snow Dragon

As part of Haines’ Snow Dragon at the annual community holiday celebration Saturday, I had the time of my life, but couldn’t wait for the...

 

Third 'Well and Fit' session starts Jan. 6

The third session of the Well and Fit Community Challenge will launch 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at the Haines School. "The overall goal is that...

 

Meet-and-greet Monday for tour director finalists

Two of three finalists for the Haines Borough’s vacant tourism director position are expected to attend a 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20,...

 

Boys' hoops tips off in Juneau; Young team rebuilds after state championship season

The Haines Glacier Bear boys return just one starter from last year’s state championship team, but coach Steve Fossman will have more height to...

 

Girls' team seeks redemption, berth at state

The Haines Lady Glacier Bears have their sights set on a trip to Anchorage this basketball season. The girls were one game short of the state...

 

Recycling center now accepting #5 plastics

Haines Friends of Recycling now accepts "number five" plastic at its recycling center, 2.5 Mile Small Tracts Road. Such plastics include...

 

Assembly ranks project priorities, delays heli-ski permit

The Haines Borough Assembly Dec. 14 approved resolutions that ranked 2011 federal and state legislative priorities. The capital budget priorities for...

 

Salvation Army calls for holiday donations

Pastor Mark Davey has seen a recent surge in requests for assistance at the Salvation Army. "Everything with our social services has been increas...

 

Town tunes in for Egolf vs. Duke

Haines’ own Will Egolf slammed two dunks on Duke for a national television audience Wednesday that included an enthusiastic crowd at the...

 

Tour ordinance still dogs leaders

The Haines Borough Assembly on Nov. 30 again declined to adopt an ordinance that would deter "frivolous" applications for commercial tour...

 

Assembly to cover Goodman legal fees; Will reimburse up to $1,500

The Haines Borough Assembly met in executive session Monday and authorized reimbursing Greg Goodman "up to $1,500 of legal fees incurred in...

 

Permit sought Tuesday for 3rd heli-ski operation

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday is scheduled to consider an Alaska Mountain Guides application for a helicopter skiing permit, but a...

 

Assembly tightens standards for candidates' residency

The Haines Borough Assembly has advanced to a third public hearing an ordinance to clarify borough election procedures and candidate residency...

 

Snow Dragon to snake Saturday

Residents again will brave the Snow Dragon during the annual community holiday celebration and parade Saturday, Dec. 11, in Haines. "The...

 

St. Clair, Fowler set marks at Southeast Champs meet

The Haines Dolphins swim team had two competitors at the Southeast Champs meet Dec. 3-5 in Sitka, and both swimmers entered the maximum seven events....

 

'Reality' mining show rich in humor for Haines residents

Resident Don Braaten made his Discovery Channel debut Friday on "Gold Rush: Alaska" when he towed an excavator across the Steel Bridge to...

 

Assembly OKs raise to $125 per meeting; Mayor to get $1,250 monthly

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday adopted an ordinance that will increase pay for the assembly and mayor. The change will cost the borough an...

 

Tree-lighting brings cheer, funds

The Nov. 26 "Lighting of the Library" raised about $3,300 for the Friends of the Library. More than 150 people attended the annual event at...

 

Energy commission future in limbo; Scott resigns

Stephanie Scott has resigned as the Energy Sustainability Commission (ESC) coordinator, but she still shows strong support for its mission. "I&rs...

 

Helicopter-ski committee takes up map, GPS issues

Mayor Jan Hill appointed two members of the Haines Borough’s heli-skiing work group to a map subcommittee at a Nov. 23 meeting, after...

 

Thomas gives update

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, at a Nov. 29 Haines Chamber of Commerce lunch discussed the impact of Southeast population declines and his new...

 

Rasmuson gives fair $67K for hall

The Rasmuson Foundation has awarded the Southeast Alaska State Fair $66,692 for the renovation of Harriett Hall. "We’re really honored by...

 

Japanese exchange student embraces U.S. traditions

Japanese exchange student Rin Hamada said her first Thanksgiving was "awesome." Hamada, 17, is a Haines High School junior from Tokyo who...

 

Group: New roof for Chilkat Center urgent

Members of the Chilkat Center Advisory Board want the Haines Borough Assembly to commit to upgrades for the facility that was the focus of a 2008...

 

Releases unpredictable, says Juneau Raptor Center official

An immature eagle that splashed into the Chilkat River during the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival is an example of the "unpredictability" of...

 

Chilkat Valley foundation gifts $12K to groups in '10

The Chilkat Valley Community Foundation celebrated more than $12,000 in grants for 2010 during a Nov. 18 dessert reception at Haines Assisted Living....

 

Author revamps book on plants

Judy Hall Jacobson has published a second edition of her book, "Native Plants of Southeast Alaska." She self-published the first edition in...

 

KHNS brings on station manager; Point Reyes station founder gets nod

The new KHNS general manager said this week she is "really looking for something different." Kay Clements of Point Reyes Station, Calif.,...

 

'Baby' makes a splash

An immature eagle released Saturday during the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival was recaptured Monday due to concerns it wouldn’t survive in the wild....

 

Haines 'a piece of cake' for author of 'Lessons from Alaska'

Jack Hodnik of Haines has learned a lot over the past 36 years, and he gives credit to the state that served as his teacher through the title of his...

 

Borough narrows tour job list

The Haines Borough will interview at least three of nine of the initial applicants for its tourism director job. Manager Mark Earnest completed the...

 

Landfill firm says it still accepts pets

Concerns that Haines Sanitation would no longer accept euthanized animals at the landfill were the result of a miscommunication, said Richard Crosby,...

 

Borough employees conserving energy? Assembly discusses if tips should be policies or guidelines

The Energy Sustainability Commission (ESC) has written an energy conservation guide for Haines Borough employees, but how the guide will be enforced...

 

Linking water utilities may escalate costs; Four percent rate hike in the works

The Haines Borough is proposing a 4 percent rate increase for most water and sewer customers, partly to help cover the cost of the borough’s...

 

Tour idea stymies assembly; Question is whether to place limits after permit denial

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 30, will hold a third public hearing for an ordinance that aims to limit repeat applications for...

 

New start at heli-ski question; Mayor appoints 9-member panel

The Haines Borough’s new heli-skiing work group held its first meeting Tuesday, and members said they want to avoid the heated tone of previous...

 

Assembly mulls new election rules

The Haines Borough Assembly will consider changes to election procedures aimed at resolving questions about candidate qualifications before –...

 

Assembly advances pay raise; Increase would cost $15K, including commissioners

The Haines Borough Assembly has introduced an ordinance that would increase pay for assembly members and Mayor Jan Hill. The assembly already has...

 

Assembly certifies Goodman election; Hess seeks legal advice on decision

Haines Borough Assembly candidate Karen Hess said she was consulting an attorney following a 4-2 assembly decision Tuesday to certify the election of...

 

Shot bear escapes near school

Haines Borough Police Chief Gary Lowe this week defended the actions of an officer who shot a brown bear near the Haines School early Monday morning...

 

Bear ordinance targets garbage

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday adopted a bear attraction nuisance ordinance that targets garbage but does not address fruit trees or livestock. H...

 

Early-season DDF meet brings sparkle

Haines High School welcomed about 100 students, and nearly that same number of judges, to a Drama, Debate and Forensics tournament Friday and...

 

'Secret shopper' gives cruise passengers' view of town

Travelers "used to a very high level of service" on a Holland America cruise can feel a bit lost when they step off the dock in Haines, Leni...

 

Goodman interviewed on residency

Former police chief Greg Goodman responded to questions for about 10 minutes during an Oct. 15 interview at the Haines Borough Public Library as part...

 

Urban exchange gives Klukwan student view of city life

  Haines High School sophomore Karlie Spud of Klukwan made a second honorary trip to Washington, D.C., this time as a cultural ambassador for...

 

'Bear-proof,' fruit trees at issue in bear ordinance hearing

The Haines Borough assembly on Oct. 12 advanced a proposed bear attraction nuisance ordinance to a second public hearing, but members said they still...

 

Button tour permit denied again

The Haines Borough assembly again has declined to issue a commercial tour permit to Dave Button of Eco Orca. Button on Oct. 12 referred to Chilean...

 

Heli-ski ordinance on tap Tuesday; Committee of whole to take up revisions to law

A committee-of-the-whole meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss potential rezoning that would be tied to a new commercial skiing...

 

Tourism gains after '09 drop in business Stores, independents recover faster than shore excursions

Owners of stores and RV parks in Haines this week said they saw an increase in independent summer travelers from 2009. Shore excursion tour companies...

 

Eagle foundation preps for new birds

The lineup at the American Bald Eagle Foundation includes three owls, two eagles and a falcon, with plans to add an Eastern screech owl and a red-tail...