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 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...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 4, 2014

School board taps Tiffany DeWitt, Mike Wilson

Following a 20-minute closed-door session to “compare and contrast” candidates, the Haines Borough School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to appoi...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 4, 2014

'Black Friday' draws shoppers to Haines stores

Local shops reported brisk traffic during last week’s “Black Friday” shopping promotion, sponsored in part by the Haines Chamber of Commerce....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 4, 2014

School enrollment nearly even with last year

Enrollment at Haines School hasn’t dropped this year nearly as much as was projected. The district’s student count, which ended last year at 270,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    December 4, 2014

Editorial

Thanks to Wayne Cowart and other church leaders who organized the community Thanksgiving celebration at Haines School. A communitywide get-together...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 27, 2014

Researcher tracks Southeast eagles - to landfills

Brown bears aren’t the valley’s only wildlife dining at the dump. Six or more of 12 bald eagles from the Chilkat Valley tracked by researcher...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 27, 2014

Researcher collides with bald eagle

Researcher Rachel Wheat, who started tracking eagles from Haines with satellite technology two years ago, said she’s had a half-dozen close calls...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 20, 2014

Class plumbs history of village at Klucktoo

Local histories of a Native village known as Klucktoo say it was destroyed by a mudslide in the 1890s and abandoned, but a recent review of historic...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 20, 2014

O'Connor takes over Public Health office

The Haines Public Health office is holding an open house starting 1 p.m. Tuesday for residents to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 20, 2014

Landfill scores 91 in state review

The Community Waste Solutions landfill has scored 91 percent on its annual state inspection. That’s slightly lower than last year’s score of 93...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 20, 2014

Repair of school roof to be bid next spring

Voters rejected bonding for a $1.8 million roof replacement for the Haines School, but the borough will go ahead with a $60,000 repair project funded...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 20, 2014

Community Thanksgiving 1 p.m. at school cafeteria

All residents and visitors are invited to a community Thanksgiving celebration sponsored by area churches, starting 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 27 at the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 13, 2014

Student building jetboat designed for local rivers

Haines High School senior Jordan Badger is building a 17-foot aluminum jet boat using a design crafted for local river conditions that’s inspired...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 13, 2014

Forecasters: Expect winter to be warmer

Summer’s especially soggy weather continued into fall, and rain may be the norm for the winter. According to the National Weather Service,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 13, 2014

New home for a mom on wheels

Chun Williamson thanked John Katzeek for the keys to her new home Friday, and told him he could bring her a burger. It was an old joke between...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 13, 2014

Findings of goat study Monday

Of the estimated 1,500 mountain goats that range in the Chilkoot and Chilkat drainages, there are seven, geographically discrete sub-populations,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 13, 2014

District seeks tighter budgeting

The Haines Borough School District is changing how it budgets, aiming for greater transparency and accountability. Under new superintendent Ginger...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 6, 2014

Board OKs Fontenot leave, travel funds

The Haines Borough School Board Tuesday approved new, matching funding for student travel to state competitions, and one year’s unpaid leave for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 6, 2014

Eagle festival turns 20 with release of 2 birds

The eagle-watchers are here. Special guests – including two rehabilitated eagles from the Anchorage area to be released into the wild – will...

 

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