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 By Tom Morphet    News    January 22, 2015 

Gym open three mornings

The Haines Borough School District has opened the Karl Ward Gym, weight room and showers from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 22, 2015 

'Mud Bay Institute' goes up in a cloud of memories

A bonfire amid a slushy downpour Tuesday finished off the “Mud Bay Institute,” a ramshackle, beachfront cabin on Chilkat Inlet that provided...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 22, 2015 

Fairbanks truck driver wins Alcan crown at 111 mph

A 52-year-old Fairbanks truck driver averaged a speed of 110.6 mph to win Saturday’s Alcan 200, topping a field of 25 racers. Racing in his fourth A...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 22, 2015 

Decision on sale of school delayed

The Haines Borough likely won’t be selling Mosquito Lake School this summer, manager David Sosa said this week, after withdrawing his request last...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 15, 2015

Burner burnout a pellet system issue

A problem with a pilot-program boiler and questions about a delivery system are delaying a Haines Borough plan to replace oil-burning heat systems...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 15, 2015

Revving up for the 46th Alcan

As many as seven Haines racers are expected in Saturday’s 46th Alcan 200 road race, a 155-mile snowmachine race from the Canada border to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 15, 2015

Corrections

A story in last week’s CVN identified Eric Gettis as president of SEARHC. Gettis is director of practice management. Also, Marcia Scott of Haines...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 15, 2015

Chilkat Center upgrades underway

The Chilkat Center stage area looked like a Christmas-morning living room Monday, stacked with empty boxes containing about $200,000 in electronic...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 15, 2015

School Board: Keep Mosquito Lake School

Following testimony by a half-dozen upper highway residents, the Haines Borough School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to oppose putting up for sale Mosquito...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 15, 2015

Rasmuson at heart of museum's collection of local art

The Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center has acquired a $29,000 scrimshaw etching and a $6,000 portrait of Native elder Charlie Jimmie Sr. under grants...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 15, 2015

Defendant racks up felonies

Alaska State Troopers last week charged a 23-year-old Haines resident with three felonies related to a June burglary and theft at Southeast Road...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 15, 2015

Icy walks take toll on pedestrians

During the recent freeze, Susan Yamada was driving her car from her apartment on Third Avenue to her job at the medical clinic at First Avenue, two...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 8, 2015

Hatchery chum bounty may slip

Though still early for predictions, a combination of market and supply issues may reduce local income from chum salmon, the species that drives the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 8, 2015

Mosquito Lake School on two meeting agendas

Friends of Mosquito Lake School and Community Center say they’ll take their case to two Haines Borough meetings next week, including a Jan. 15...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Editorial

It appears likely the town will soon have a community and economic development director. Taxpayers may be justifiably skeptical of funding this job. T...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 8, 2015

Library ends can recycling effort

The aluminum can bin at the Haines Public Library is nailed shut, but a new, downtown collection point for recycling used pop and beer cans will soon...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 8, 2015

Federal money cut for towns in forests

The discontinuation of Secure Rural Schools funding means a loss for the Haines Borough, but the cut in federal funding won’t dent the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 8, 2015

Mazeikas wins national honor for village campaign

A Haines woman who heads up a regional domestic abuse education and prevention program recently won national recognition for her efforts. Jackie...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 18, 2014

Crime, weather left mark on 2014

The Haines Borough, its school and police department, came under new management in 2014, a year marked by lopsided weather patterns, infrastructure...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 18, 2014

Day camp to teach adult dance, music

Haines Music and Dance Camp, a one-day series of workshops for adults and teens of all skill levels, will be held Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Chilkat Cent...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 18, 2014

Record pink return pushes raw fish tax to $438K

Haines Borough income from the state’s raw fish tax has hit a 25-year high – $438,390. That’s about twice last year’s fish tax income of...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 11, 2014

Borough holds $15 million in savings

As a percentage of spending, the Haines Borough’s $15 million in savings is exponentially more than what many other municipalities hold onto, but...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 11, 2014

Residents rally to keep school building

Saying they were shocked to recently learn that the Haines Borough might sell Mosquito Lake School, upper valley residents – including young parents...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 11, 2014

Preschool will pursue Willard site

The Chilkat Valley Preschool board last week voted to pursue a Willard Street commercial building as the school’s new site. Also, at January’s Hai...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    December 11, 2014

Editorial

Haines Borough taxpayers should think twice before accepting the notion that they’re on the hook for rebuilding the Lutak Dock. What public service...

 

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