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 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 16, 2017 

Assembly reverses on trash regulation

The Haines Borough Assembly Wednesday reversed a decision made earlier this month and is now in favor of borough regulation of garbage collection...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 16, 2017 

Snow, athletes converge for 'Freeride'

Eight inches of snow fell Sunday and Monday. Next come the skiers. Twenty-eight professional skiers and snowboarders will shred powder during the...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 16, 2017 

Wings of Alaska shuts down; air carriers down to 1

Wings of Alaska has shut its doors, reducing service to Haines to a single air carrier. But as the company’s service has been limited, the closure...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 16, 2017 

Porta-potty an upgrade at airport

Alaska Seaplanes customers and workers have a porta-potty to use when nature calls. That’s an improvement. They’ve been holding it since...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 16, 2017 

Sales tax revenues drop first time in 5 years

Haines Borough sales tax revenue in 2016 took its first dip in more than five years, led by a 4 percent decrease in retail revenue. According to borou...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 16, 2017 

Police budget boosted by $63K

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 5-1 to provide its police department an additional $63,000 for recent and anticipated personnel costs in excess of...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 16, 2017 

Teacher Patty Brown to retire

Longtime Haines School teacher Patty Brown will resign from her position this year, accepting a retirement incentive option offered to eight eligible...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 16, 2017 

Police budget boosted by $63K

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 5-1 to provide its police department an additional $63,000 for recent and anticipated personnel costs in excess of...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 16, 2017 

Forester job clears initial hurdlle

The state House of Representatives Finance Committee approved an amendment last week that could lead to funding for a nine-month forester position in...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 16, 2017 

Manager candidates down to 3

Residents Debra Schnabel and Brad Ryan made the shortlist for borough manager applicants that the borough assembly will interview. Assembly members...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 16, 2017 

Investing in Mosquito Lake School

The idea of the Haines Borough selling the Mosquito Lake Community Center may be off the table for at least three years following a March 7 recommenda...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 16, 2017 

Sprinkler burst shuts down pool

Broken piping in the sprinkler system caused the Haines Pool to unexpectedly close for a week. On Friday, March 10, interim public facilities...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 16, 2017 

Waste group weighs new model

The Haines Borough Solid Waste Working Group discussed the merits of mandatory collection March 3 following a presentation from Karl Hagerman,...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 16, 2017 

Legal, procedural questions slow appeal of rock-haul

The Haines Borough Assembly extended its Tuesday meeting into a third day after wrestling for hours with two appeals of a controversial conditional...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 16, 2017 

Frozen market to boost production at Excursion

As much as four million additional pounds of salmon will be processed at Ocean Beauty’s Excursion Inlet plant this summer due to market conditions...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 16, 2017 

Plumbing the literary depths of ice-fishing

I wasn’t born a fisherman, but in Alaska it’s easy to become one. I drove up to Mosquito Lake Saturday to join an ice-fishing outing organized by...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 9, 2017

Manager applicants include Bill Seward

By Kyle Clayton Haines Borough Assembly members will meet Thursday to start reviewing applications for the manager position. They include one from...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 9, 2017

Math teacher Davis to lead music

By Natalie HelmsHigh school math teacher Matt Davis will take over the district’s full-time music teacher position, Haines Borough School Principal...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 9, 2017

Schnabel not qualified, clerks say

Haines Borough clerks this week said Debra Schnabel did not meet basic requirements for the borough manager position, the same requirements that...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 9, 2017

Police: With more funding, blotter will return

Haines Borough Police Chief Heath Scott told the borough’s Public Safety Commission Tuesday he would produce a police blotter again when his budgeta...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 9, 2017

Mystery object: A 'king spoke' from a ship's wheel?

Historians at the Alaska State Museum this week examined photos of an object discovered by resident Luke Marquardt which resembles a handle, possibly...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 9, 2017

Panel draws up alternative to heliski map group

The Haines Borough Assembly’s Commerce Committee on Monday agreed on a model for decision-making that might replace the heliski map committee. The...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 9, 2017

Mountain race caps Winter Fest

Winter Fest saw a strong local turnout in its inaugural year, despite cancelled ferries and a closed Haines Highway that blocked out-of-town participa...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 9, 2017

Card, $25 fee proposed for sales tax exemption

The Haines Borough may require non-profit organizations to purchase an annual $25 sales tax-exempt card following a recommendation from the...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    March 9, 2017

Fees may fund tour promotion

With its annual marketing budget sliced from nearly $15 million to $1.5 million, the Alaska Travel Industry Association is in the early stages of...

 

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