Articles written by Margaret Friedenauer

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SEABA’s heliport permit appeal nixed

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 5-1 on Tuesday to uphold a planning commission decision denying Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures a permit to...

 

Mosquito Lake School may struggle to stay open in fall

Mosquito Lake School faces the prospect of dropping below required enrollment this fall, forcing the school to close the doors on the students and...

 

Fire department nabs solid insurance rating

The Haines Fire Department last month received its Public Protection Classification, a rating that in two categories remained the same or slightly...

 

Local parents, educators rally behind funding bill

The Haines Borough School Board, parents and supporters are spreading the word far and wide - in letters, on Facebook and on blogs - that school...

 

Study: Chilkoot Watershed a diverse habitat

A recently completed comprehensive fish study of the Chilkoot watershed found a diverse and healthy habitat for several species of fish, including...

 

Pup dogged by cliff, gets helping hand

Despite his name and breed, Klondike, a Bernese Mountain Dog, found himself in a precarious...

 

Slump movement slows, monitoring continues

Due to the slowing movement of the "slump" on Oceanview Drive and Lutak Road, the Haines Borough is closing the command center set up in January to...

 

Slump gets disaster designation

The Haines Borough Assembly on Feb. 3 held a special meeting to declare a disaster and request...

 

ARCS needs TLC from community

Leigh Horner doesn’t have cable TV. If she and her family watch any television, they watch the random mix of programming on the Alaska Rural...

 

Fourth-grader eclipses field in spelling bee, heads to state

Jayden Rettinger sure didn’t act nervous on Tuesday during his first spelling bee. It only took...

 

School board, assembly talk budget hopes

The Haines Borough Assembly and Haines Borough School Board held a joint meeting Tuesday night and together emphasized what was of no surprise to...

 

Slump continues slipping, shifting

Borough and state engineers this week finished installing sophisticated monitoring equipment near...

 

Ground slump still vexing

Sub-surface movement continues in the Oceanview Drive and Lutak Road area, prompting the Haines Borough late last week to implement its emergency...

 

Starving cub put down in Klukwan

A malnourished brown bear cub seen around Klukwan recently was put down by wildlife troopers this...

 

Vandals are likely culprits in destruction of weather station

As if the snow gauges and meteorological equipment didn’t have enough to deal with this winter, the weather station at the Haines School suffered a...

 

Ground shift threatens roads, homes

In what Haines Borough officials are calling “significant ground failure” cracks and heaves...

 

Cause of lodge fire hard to pinpoint

While Bruce Bauer is hell-bent on making his Mosquito Lake lodge rise from the ashes, the cause of the fire that destroyed most of the structure may...

 

KHNS reports on income, programming

Public radio station KHNS saw an increase in income in the last fiscal year and topped it off with a record-breaking membership drive, staffers told...

 

Foreign visitors buoy tour season

Visitation by Canadian and overseas visitors helped stanch losses in tourism during the summer season, including a 12 percent drop in cruise ship...

 

HHS alum now Google engineer

Teachers, tinkering and tenacity - that’s how Michael Hagen came to work for one of the world’s biggest and far-reaching companies....

 

From Mosquito Lake to West Point to the deserts of Kuwait; Kurz learned work ethic from family, teachers

While attending fifth grade at Haines Elementary in 1978, Karl Kurz checked out a book that described the adventures of a West Point graduate....

 

Should high school be more difficult? Board mulls graduation requirements

Should Haines High School graduation requirements be changed or stiffened? The Haines Borough School Board took up that question Tuesday, at the...

 

Garden still bountiful after 10 years

Nailed to the old log cabin at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds are some metal plaques, rusted and faded with age and weather. The small plaques...

 

Close bear encounter at Chilkoot highlights dangers;

A mix of bear watchers, photographers and other bruins on the Chilkoot River caused a stressful situation for one mother bear that nearly resulted in...

 

Legion collages spotlight veterans

Most folks would be surprised at how many of their fellow locals have a background of military service. So far, the American Legion has identified...

 

Enrollment steady, 5 new teachers on as school bell rings

Students at Haines School were greeted by five new teachers Monday on the first day of school. New second-grade teacher Sophia Armstrong was born and...

 

Haines women have better attitude than city ladies

Women of Haines self-objectify themselves less, shun beauty enhancements more, and keep themselves active and healthy compared to their counterparts...

 

Man kills self in downtown home

A Haines man died Monday after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Police, emergency personnel and an Alaska State Parks ranger sta...

 

Recall effort initiated

Update, Thursday, July 21 4 p.m.: Haines borough clerk Julie Cozzi on Thursday afternoon rejected the application for the recall of assemblyman Steve...

 

Old mining drill to get spit and polish

The Haines Borough Assembly at its July 12 meeting approved a resolution to pay Dave Pahl of the Haines Hammer Museum $18,800 to restore the Keystone...

 

Study finds PSP in local Dungeness; Scientists, state affirm cleaned, cooked crab still safe to consume

By Margaret Friedenauer Scientists investigating the link between paralytic shellfish poisoning levels in mussels and one of their predators,...

 

No extra ships, but an upswing in cruise passengers for Haines

There may not be any additional cruise ships coming to Haines in 2012; but the good news is the ships that do come will be bringing more people, says...

 

Harbor grapples with confusing fuel prices

By Margaret Friedenauer Haines and Skagway - only 13 miles of water separate the two towns, but they are a world apart in gas prices. Or are they?...

 

Reality show to bring "dangerous waters" to viewers; Show chronicles jet ski trip through Inside Passage, beyond

There are several ways to get from Seattle to Haines: fly, drive, ferry or even bike. But there’s one way that few have tried until now. Jet ski...

 

Reward offered in Wafer murder

The mother of a teenage murder victim whose case for years was considered a "cold case" is offering reward money for information on other...

 

School board hears local hiring concerns

A few members of the community on Tuesday night asked the Haines school board to consider adopting a local hiring preference for teachers. The board...

 

Independent tour operators moved off dock; Draft plan changed to offer space at visitor's center

By Margaret Friedenauer Local independent tour operators are no longer allowed at the Port Chilkoot Dock to sell to cruise ship passengers in a...

 

Local crab goes to market

On June 22, a planeload of fresh Dungeness crab flew from Haines to Washington state, destined for dinner plates throughout the Pacific Northwest....

 

Delta Western lease still in negotiations; Additionally, fuel pumping at harbor temporarily taken over by borough

Haines Borough is still awaiting a signature by Delta Western executives to finalize a successor of lease for the Lutak Fuel Facility. "I think...

 

Shellfish poisonings prompt state warnings

 State scientists investigating a recent series of paralytic shellfish poisonings in Southeast Alaska discovered the "highest levels of...

 

Restored sloop sails again

After more than a decade on land, the 83-year-old sailboat Manu Kai is back in the water. Terry Jacobson launched the Manu Kai (meaning "sea...

 

Beerfest overflow a concern

While 1,000 people were enjoying the tastes of the 19th Annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival on Saturday, about 100 ale-thirsty...