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 By Tom Morphet    News    September 1, 2016

Old city shop gets make-over

The old City of Haines public works building is getting an upgrade. The 60-by-50 foot, metal-frame structure on Union Street was built in the mid-1960...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 1, 2016

Annual fair meeting looks to future

Gate receipts at the 2016 Southeast Alaska State Fair were “relatively flat” as compared to 2015, despite an improved ferry schedule and a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2016

Increase sought for electricity, fees

Residential and small commercial electric rates would go down slightly but rates for bulk power, five fees and a monthly customer charge would...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2016

Snowmachiners tackle waste at 25 Mile

A dozen or more members of the Chilkat Snowburners snowmachine club gathered heaps of trash from the woods and flats near 25 Mile Haines Highway...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2016

Constantine gets OK for next stage of development

Constantine Metal Resources last week won agency approval for 2.5 miles of additional roads, 120 feet of bridges and other infrastructure at the Palme...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2016

Industry makes case for forestry office

About a dozen timber operators and sawyers made their case for keeping open a state Division of Forestry office in Haines Tuesday, including...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 18, 2016

Yukon: Lots of firewood still available

A competitor of a Canadian firewood supplier involved in a tax dispute with the Haines Borough this week said he wouldn’t rule out bringing logs to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 18, 2016

College talk centers on 2 models

A discussion of establishing a college in Haines Tuesday centered on two different models: one that would offer courses here through colleges or...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 11, 2016

U.S. Senate candidate targets parties, money's influence

An independent U.S. Senate candidate with a $475,000 war chest and an impressive resume campaigned...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 4, 2016

Harbor project opposition unwavering as bid nears

A June meeting called to address harbor project aesthetics was dominated by citizen concerns about the size of a planned parking lot and a project...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 28, 2016

Airport job won't address crowding

A plan to increase parking spots at the Haines airport by one-third or more won’t be included in a $12 million improvement project set to begin...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 28, 2016

Fair salutes 'Spirit of Southeast'

Spinach bread, beach wrestling, Jamberry nail art and an expanded disc golf course will debut at the 48th Southeast Alaska State Fair, which continues...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 28, 2016

New school chief shares views, outlook on job

New Haines Borough School Superintendent Anthony Habra said disagreement with a board that kept “Redskins” as its school mascot factored into leav...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 21, 2016

Cleanup at 7 Mile at $800K

The cost of cleanup at an unsanctioned rifle range at 7 Mile has reached $800,000 and will likely continue into next year, a U.S. Bureau of Land...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 21, 2016

State fair fashion show will celebrate diversity

Tiffany DeWitt said a racist comment directed toward her 9-year-old African-American daughter Brooklyn inspired an “American Girls of All...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 21, 2016

Young, old impress at revived triathlon

Standout performances by youngest and oldest competitors marked Saturday’s AKtive Triathlon, the first communitywide triathlon held here in about 20...

 

Former mayor, clerk Van Winkle dies at 68

Former Haines Borough mayor, assembly member and borough clerk Sharan Van Winkle died of...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 14, 2016

Cannery canning again on eve of centennial

About 40 years ago, the Haines Packing Co. plant at Letnikof Cove produced its last can of salmon, as environmental regulations caught up to the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 14, 2016

DOT offers ideas for improving bay parking

A state Department of Transportation official on Friday said parallel parking near the end of Mud Bay Road poses a safety hazard and that the state...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 14, 2016

Borough seen as regional pilot for wood chip heat

The revised Haines Borough biomass project was characterized as a pilot project for small towns throughout Southeast at a Monday meeting where a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 7, 2016

Two meetings to give update on biomass project

A shift in plans for municipal biomass heat from wood pellets to chips will be a main topic at two informational public meetings next week hosted by...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 30, 2016

More controls on bear corridor

A new monitor position and a certification program for volunteers are aimed at improving people-brown bear interactions along the Chilkoot River,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 30, 2016

Board upholds non-retention of kindergarten teacher

An informal hearing on a decision by the Haines Borough School Board to not renew the contract of kindergarten teacher Sue Ackerman took on the tenor...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 30, 2016

Asquith leads Haines riders in 24th Kluane

Jumping out with the race leaders in the Kluane-Chilkat International Bicycle Relay paid off for solo rider Sean Asquith, who led Haines teams in the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 23, 2016

Price up, harvest low for fleet

Gillnetters are earning a little more for their salmon this season, but harvested fewer fish than expected during the season’s first opener. “On...

 

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