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 By Natalie Helms    News    August 16, 2018 

Three new teachers join schools

Teachers at Haines and Klukwan Schools are gearing up for bustling classrooms as the new school year nears. Haines School hired two new teachers and...

 By Natalie Helms    News    August 16, 2018 

Highway residents ask borough to repair park on Mosquito Lake Road

Ten Upper Valley residents turned out last week to lobby for improvements to Emerson Field, located at the intersection of Haines Highway and...

 By Natalie Helms    News    August 16, 2018 

Kemp expecting strong showing from runners

Haines High School cross country runners are back on the trails preparing for what they hope will be their best season yet. Coach Chandler Kemp said...

 By Natalie Helms    News    August 16, 2018 

Takshanuk backs off 26 Mile project

Takshanuk Watershed Council announced Monday it is backing out of a wetland mitigation project at the 26 Mile Pond, but State Parks southeast area...

 By Natalie Helms    News    August 16, 2018 

Summer: hotter, dryer and wetter than normal

Daily temperatures in Haines were above average in July, but August is shaping up to be more ordinary. According to measurements by the National...

 By Natalie Helms    News    August 9, 2018

Residents learn to craft devil's club salve

Most Alaskans and others in the Pacific Northwest know to avoid the sharp spines and massive leaves...

 By Natalie Helms    News    August 9, 2018

School to offer alternate meals for unpaid school lunch accounts

The Haines Borough School District is implementing a new policy this school year to reduce the number of unpaid balances for student meals. Principal...

 By Natalie Helms    News    August 2, 2018

Controversial art piece wins ribbons in Haines

Beth Bolander’s wearable art piece “Doragon,” which was pulled from a runway in Juneau in February for what some criticized as cultural...

 By Natalie Helms    News    August 2, 2018

Assembly to consider transportation plan

As Haines’ population ages, the borough and local human services organizations expect demand for accessible transportation to rise, putting...

 By Natalie Helms    News    August 2, 2018

Assembly delays manager evaluation

Haines Borough Assembly members needed more time to provide feedback for manager Debra Schnabel’s first evaluation. Assembly members were recently t...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 26, 2018

Low snow causes worst heliski season on record

Haines heliski companies had one of the worst seasons ever this year as bad weather and snow conditions limited time in the mountains. Southeast Alask...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 26, 2018

Erosion threatens long-term closure of Porcupine Road

Porcupine Road is at risk of closing this winter if a short-term fix to block flooding from the Klehini River fails. Haines Borough manager Debra...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 19, 2018

HEDC questions McDowell's tourism baseline data

Haines Economic Development Corporation sent several more critiques to McDowell Group this week on the baseline economic data report as it nears...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 19, 2018

Fermentation students, sauerkraut pack ANB Hall

Haines ANB Hall turned into a kitchen Saturday as about 50 people learned the basics of fermenting f...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 12, 2018

Budding new business: Haines' first dispensary opens on Beach Road

Haines' first marijuana store, Winter Greens, is open for business. The dispensary, which had its...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 12, 2018

Juvenile bear shot after damaging downtown property

A young brown bear was killed this week after seriously damaging property on Skyline Drive, said state wildlife trooper Trent Chwialkowski. The...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 12, 2018

Court adjusts to state budget cuts

Haines District Court continues to feel the squeeze of state budget cuts. Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg held a meeting Monday to hear from...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 12, 2018

Cancelled ferry hurts businesses

Haines businesses took only a small hit from the cancellation of two sailings by the state ferry Columbia, which derailed plans for hundreds of...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 5, 2018

Fire forces 3 families from their apartments

A dish towel that caught fire started a blaze in a Second Avenue apartment complex June 28,...

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 5, 2018

Harbor project done; borough, contractor ready for mediation

Construction work is done on the first phase of the small boat harbor expansion project, and the borough is pleased with the work despite a... Full story

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 5, 2018

Police warn they will cite owners for wandering dogs

Following recent reports of dog bites and attacks on cats and wildlife, the Haines Borough Police Department said it will enforce the laws against... Full story

 By Natalie Helms    News    July 5, 2018

Dungeons & Dragons rolls to new popularity

Haines is overrun with ogres and dragons, magic spells, inhuman creatures and epic battles as part o...

 By Natalie Helms    News    June 28, 2018

Borough, AML may strike deal for ramp

The Haines Borough is considering a partnership with freight company Alaska Marine Lines, which would construct, operate and own a new...

 By Natalie Helms    News    June 28, 2018

Assembly will review exempting residential rentals from sales tax

The Haines Borough Assembly will review a finance committee recommendation that the borough exempt residential renters from paying sales tax if they...

 By Natalie Helms    News    June 21, 2018

Industrial zoning up for debate

The Haines Borough Planning Commission recommended rezoning land at Jones Point from heavy industrial to industrial light commercial to accommodate...


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