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 By Tom Morphet    News    April 20, 2017 

Fish habitat regulations a concern for advisory committee

Members of the Upper Lynn Canal Fish and Game Advisory Committee expressed support for more public notification of work impacting salmon habitat...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 30, 2017

Former resident West dies at 53

Tracie West, who lived in Haines as a youth, died March 19 at her home in Palmer. She was 53 and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 23, 2017

Veteran actors team up in classic Neil Simon comedy

After years of producing “drama-dies” for Lynn Canal Community Players, director Tod Sebens decided it was time for a full-on comedy. Plus,...

 

Kurtz, 74, advocated for port, rail projects

Bill Kurz was buried March 16 at Jones Point in a large crate he had used as a toolbox. Kurz, who ha...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 23, 2017

Valley teams winning early at Medal tourney

At press time Wednesday, teams from the Chilkat Valley were undefeated after five games at Juneau’s Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. The Haines...

 
 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 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 Tom Morphet    News    March 9, 2017

King closures extend south

Along with far-reaching restrictions on subsistence and commercial fishing in Lynn Canal, the state Department of Fish and Game also closed large...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 2, 2017

Whales identified by photos

At least some of the killer whales spotted in Lutak Inlet on Feb. 17 were members of “AG pod,” a fish-eating group of orcas that number up to 35,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 2, 2017

Aspiring farmers say summit was rare opportunity

From gardener to commercial food grower is a common transition. Making it smoother was one of the goals of last weekend’s Farmer’s Summit, which...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 2, 2017

Summer to bring online food market

People who eat or grow locally grown food but can’t make time for the Saturday farmer’s market will have a new option this year. They’ll be able...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 2, 2017

Growth group to be considered

The Haines Borough Assembly’s Commerce Committee will meet 6 p.m. on Monday, March 6 to consider a request for $95,000 from a newly formed Haines...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 2, 2017

Display loses luster after plow bashing

Interim Haines Borough Manager Brad Ryan this week confirmed what David Pahl suspected: That a sign Pahl built for a historic steam-powered drill at t...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 2, 2017

'Sweet 16' spotlights challenge for quilters

“Sweet Sixteen,” a display of fabric creations incorporating 16 techniques will be on display at the Alaska Arts Confluence Main Street office dur...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 2, 2017

Meeting seeks interest in Toastmaster's

Two meetings set for Wednesday, March 8 will discuss the possibility of launching a local Toastmaster’s Club in Haines. Toastmaster’s is a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 2, 2017

Games put homegrown spin on Olympic events

The Haines Winter Games will be held Sunday. First held as the Winter Olympics in 1999, the event started as a hockey tournament under the fairgounds...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 23, 2017

Trying to save every last Chilkat king salmon

Biologists are considering unprecedented fishing restrictions this summer to protect a feeble return of king salmon to Chilkat River estuaries....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 23, 2017

District lays off music teacher

The Haines Borough School District won’t renew the contract of Jason Muccino, its only full-time music teacher. The district plans to cover music...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 23, 2017

Peratrovich Day observance growing bigger each year

Joe Hotch remembers open racial discrimination in Haines. Born in 1930, Hotch sat in the Natives-only section of the Coliseum Theater on Main Street....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 23, 2017

Dozens of orcas seen at Lutak

Dozens of killer whales spotted in Lutak Inlet Feb. 17 were likely a resident, fish-eating population and may have been a “super-pod” that sometim...

 

Editorial

Some readers expressed concern that I wrote articles for last week’s Chilkat Valley News about borough issues, given that I sit on the Haines...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Store's towel promotion runs dry

Got new towels? Someone apparently has quite a few. So many, in fact, that others have none at all. That’s the upshot of a promotion at Howsers, whi...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Wet snow shuts off power

Lutak residents fired up woodstoves, melted snow and hunkered down Saturday when a hard-to-reach break in a main transmission line left their...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Assembly to mull state tax issues

Should the Haines Borough take a position on a statewide sales tax or a state income tax? The borough assembly will meet as a committee 4 p.m....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Borough, DA won't pursue Turner claim

Neither the state district attorney nor the Haines Borough will investigate a complaint that the assembly acted improperly when it voted against...

 

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