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 By Tom Morphet    News    October 23, 2014 

Village heritage center aims for May 2016 opening

Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center executive director Lani Hotch told a crowd at the project’s annual benefit dinner Friday she hopes to open the doors...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 23, 2014 

Police go lightly in enforcing bear-attractant law

Haines Borough Police Chief Bill Musser said this week he’s using public education to gain compliance with the municipality’s bear attractant...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 23, 2014 

Sockeye surge, hatchery chum buoy gillnetters

An unexpected surge of Chilkoot-run sockeye, stable prices and hatchery chum catches helped make the 2014 commercial gillnet fishery another lucrative...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 16, 2014

Eagle plate collection has landed

Besides a spot to stage 62 mounted game specimens received from a Juneau natural history display, the American Bald Eagle Foundation also is looking...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 16, 2014

Volunteers make headway on lighthouse upgrade

Teams of volunteers spent four days this year at Eldred Rock and are slowly making the cavernous lighthouse building more livable, said Pam Randles. ...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 16, 2014

KHNS will add 2nd full-time reporter

Public radio station KHNS will employ a second, full-time reporter starting Nov. 3, staff reported at the station’s annual membership meeting Sept....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 16, 2014

Borough designates downtown boat yard

The Haines Borough is taking the first step toward a downtown municipal boat yard, a facility supporters say will help keep money in town during the w...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 9, 2014

Mine summit leans to port partnership

A private-public partnership to restore the Chilkoot Lumber Co. dock as an ore terminal was floated as a potential model at the Haines Port...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 9, 2014

School extends paid vacations

The Haines Borough School Board voted 5-2 Tuesday to give as much as six weeks of annual paid vacation leave to three janitorial and maintenance...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 9, 2014

Bee gone: Event unpopular, drain on staff

The Haines School spelling bee has been squashed. Principal Cheryl Stickler said the loss of bee sponsorship by the American Legion and declining...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 9, 2014

Sundberg runs 29th at state championship meet

Glacier Bear Keegan Sundberg placed 29th of 129 runners at Saturday’s state cross-country championship near Bartlett High School in Anchorage. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 2, 2014

Eagle foundation seeks room for collection

American Bald Eagle Foundation founder Dave Olerud says his organization has been gifted a significant attraction, but it may take closing a section o...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 2, 2014

School board candidates give views of district

Incumbents Anne Marie Palmieri and Brian Clay are unopposed as they seek re-election to three-year terms on the Haines Borough School Board. A third,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 25, 2014

Skippers: Rescue was luck

Two gillnet boat captains credited with rescuing commercial fisherman Woody Pahl said luck – including a piece of floating debris and the presence o...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 25, 2014

Army Corps down to 2 pipeline clean-up projects

The Haines section of the Haines-Fairbanks military fuel pipeline suffered bullet holes, collisions with vehicles and corrosion during its 16 years...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 18, 2014

Replacing school roof questioned

A local contractor who worked as foreman on a Haines High School roof replacement in 1999 this week questioned a proposed $1.4 million bond for replac...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 18, 2014

Fossman will play pro basketball in German league

Kyle Fossman has gone pro. The Haines High School all-star basketball player who won MVP honors at University of Alaska-Anchorage has signed a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 18, 2014

Naturalist Jacobson pens three guides to mushrooms

People stalking moose aren't the only hunters in the woods these days. September also is a busy...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 11, 2014

Chilkat king return looks like record low

Preliminary numbers suggest king salmon escapement to the Chilkat River will be the lowest since records have been kept in 1991. This year’s return...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 11, 2014

Feldman looks back on 30 years as local doctor

More than 30 years after arriving here on the rumor of work, Dr. Len Feldman is closing his local practice. The last day he’ll see patients at his M...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 11, 2014

Fair's carousel sturdy, but not a rarity

The old-fashioned carousel at the Southeast Alaska State Fair isn’t that old or that unique, and it’s not worth as much as some have previously...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 4, 2014

Summer rain tops record set in 1956

Only four-hundredths of an inch of rain fell Thursday, but that was enough to clinch an all-time record for wet summers in Haines. Between June 1 and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 4, 2014

School board frets bond approval

Expressing concerns about voter approval of $3.9 million in pending school bonds, Haines Borough School Board members Tuesday took steps toward a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 4, 2014

Board rejects digital meeting packet

The Haines Borough School Board on Tuesday almost voted to do away with printed meeting packets, before getting hung up on the question of providing...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 4, 2014

New ranger hired for Haines-area parks, preserve

Thomas Kain is the new state parks ranger in Haines. Kain has worked for the Division of Parks in...

 

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