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 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015 

Brain issues among concerns at tech 'open house'

“Engaging the Future,” an initiative that would expand availability of computers at the Haines School, including lower grades, came under the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015 

Preschool to discuss fate of donations

Chilkat Valley Preschool board members will meet during a finance committee meeting May 28 and discuss what will come of about $100,000 the group...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015 

Persevere, grads told; scholarships awarded

Haines High School valedictorian Keegan Sundberg on Tuesday urged his classmates to “try your best to accept new things with an open mind. Life is...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015 

Youth soccer program starts June 30

Community Youth Development soccer is back. The free, borough-run, summer sports program took a break last year. It will run June 30-Aug. 6, with...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015 

Editorial

My mom and dad were not enamored of the 20th century’s greatest learning tool, as television once was hailed. They prohibited us from watching it...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

School board OKs plan to house preschool

What a difference a year can make. In spring 2014, Chilkat Valley Preschool officials were so discouraged by the Haines Borough School District’s...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

Slaying in Fairbanks ends buddies' retirement dream

Steve Leavitt arrived in Haines this spring with a backhoe, a trailer full of tools and a dream to build a cabin. “Nothing big or fancy, but somethi...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

Pellet boiler project to test 'Alaska' burn tube

In the wake of an unresolved problem with wood pellet boilers in Haines, the Alaska Energy Authority has indefinitely extended a deadline for spending...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

Tribe's wetlands trail project nearing completion

A nearly mile-long, forest trail winding through a downtown wetland should be traversable in a few weeks, Scott Hansen of the Chilkoot Indian...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

Stacy remembered as champion for young children

Anneliese Stacy, who experienced deprivation and trauma as a child in war-torn Germany, devoted her...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Editorial

It was a fitting coincidence that the Haines School Board approved pursuing an agreement for housing the Chilkat Valley Preschool on the same day...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 7, 2015

Canoe group lands prominent spot at heritage center dedication

North Tide Canoe Kwaan of Haines will hold a prominent spot at the dedication of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Center on May 15 in J...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 7, 2015

Earth Day gathering Saturday at school

The town’s annual Earth Day Fair will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Haines School cafeteria. It will feature displays on energy,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 7, 2015

Bell replaces Benner as head of harbor department

Shawn Bell is the Haines Borough’s new harbormaster. Bell, 31, was appointed assistant harbormaster in April 2014. He grew up in Colorado and previo...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Exhibit recreates famous spans

“Long winters.” That’s how lifelong resident Tom Bieleski explains the 13 noted bridges of the world he’s replicated with tiny “timbers”...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Sales increased 2 percent in 2014

An upswing in sales tax from tourism and construction helped offset a dip in retail sales, boosting Haines Borough sales tax income 2 percent in 2014....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Petition seeks to halt harbor design work

A petition circulating around town this week asked the Haines Borough to suspend design work on the harbor expansion project to allow for more public...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Ratings website says school district #1 in Alaska

Haines Borough School District officials this week said they were flattered – and a bit surprised – by an Internet-based company ranking the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Portrait art sought for show

Artists are invited to submit work for a portrait and figure show to be held at the Sheldon Museum June 19-July 25. Submissions are due May 22. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Front Street project to focus on boats

A commercial development on Front Street is planned primarily as an expansion of an existing marine repair business with a bar and restaurant as...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

An encore show for Man Sounds

As a result of the recent Southeast Music Festival in Juneau, six soloists and the 11-member “man choir” from Haines High School have qualified...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Bears' track season opens here Friday

The Haines High School track season starts 3:30 p.m. Friday with the Haines Invitational, pitting local runners, throwers and jumpers against...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Tank farm contractor lays out cleanup work

Since cleanup began in the early 1990s, about 630 holes have been drilled at the former U.S. Army tank farm property at Lutak Road, tracking...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 30, 2015

Editorial

I am borrowing an idea from my friend Heather Lende by “finding the good” in the Alaska Legislature’s recent decision to eliminate funding for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 23, 2015

Borough to enforce sign law

“This is one ordinance that I would very much like to see resolved, once and for all.” – Mark Earnest, on proposed changes to the Haines...

 

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