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 By Tom Morphet    News    July 17, 2014 

Ford resigns for patrol job in Palmer

After four years with the Haines Borough Police Department, Sgt. Simon Ford has accepted a position as a patrolman in Palmer. He leaves town July 24 a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 17, 2014 

Barracks makes endangered list

The Fort Seward barracks building has been named to a list of the 10 most endangered historic properties in Alaska. The Alaska Association for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 10, 2014

Chum harvest spikes; red return strong on 2 rivers

The lead-up to Fourth of July proved a bounty for gillnetters in Lynn Canal, with 240 boats each averaging more than 1,600 chum or 7.4 tons of hatcher...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 10, 2014

Scouts on lookout for ladybugs

Haines Girl Scout Troop 4101 expects to be out this summer with homemade nets “fishing” for ladybugs. Their efforts – that include an...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 3, 2014

Juneau Road document looms

A 45-day public comment period on the revised Juneau access plan – including a public meeting in Haines – will happen this summer “for sure,”...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 3, 2014

Removal of books, supplies at school spurs concern

The recent removal of textbooks, library books, art supplies and furniture from Mosquito Lake School won’t diminish the likelihood of the school...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 26, 2014

DOT says Joel hire acceptable

Alaska Department of Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp said in a press release late Wednesday that the hiring of former Haines Borough Police Sgt....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 26, 2014

Tlingit 'pullers' say canoe stands up to weather

Members of a Chilkat Valley-based Native canoe group say they’ll be paddling to Skagway and Katzehin following a successful voyage – including...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 26, 2014

Winds hold back relay riders

A course-long headwind slowed cyclists in the 22nd Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay Saturday, adding more than 90 minutes to last year’s...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 26, 2014

Historic church bell rings on high again

If you’re late for Sunday services in Klukwan, saying you missed the bell no longer works as an excuse. After two years out of commission, the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 19, 2014

Architect tours aging behemoth

National Park Service officials last week started Port Chilkoot Co. on a path toward restoring Fort Seward’s weather-beaten barracks building,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 19, 2014

Gillnet opener 'fairly good'

Commercial fishermen reeled in a “fairly good showing” of hatchery chum on the south end of the Lynn Canal gillnet fishery during the two-day...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 19, 2014

District staff get paid vacation

On a 4-1 vote, the Haines Borough School Board Tuesday approved a combined $12,000 in paid vacation time and raises for two school district office...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 12, 2014

Fort tower goes up, up, up

Contractor Dave Ricke restored a bit of the original Fort Seward skyline Tuesday, erecting a 60-foot tower modeled after one built for the U.S. Army...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 12, 2014

School-library trail planned

Haines Borough School Board members and borough officials envision maintaining a winter walking trail between the Haines School and public library, in...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 12, 2014

Three grades fully proficient in reading

Haines students in grades three, four and five scored 100 percent in recent “standards based assessment” tests for reading. The 2013-14 test resul...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 5, 2014

Native voyagers head to Juneau

Seven Tlingit men left Portage Cove at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in a traditional canoe headed for Juneau, the first voyage of its kind from Haines in moder...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 5, 2014

Board OKs school budget; $45K in 'stipends'

The Haines Borough School Board unanimously approved a $5.13 million budget for the coming year and one-time “stipends” of $1,000 to full-time...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 5, 2014

Earthquake rattles residents out of slumber

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered 50 miles west of Haines shook residents awake early Wednesday, but caused no reported damage or injuries....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 29, 2014

Is design of curbs part of problem?

There’s a pattern to recent snowplow damage to curbs built last year: Chunks have broken off at an “expansion joint,” a seam between the curb...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 29, 2014

School board will consider budget, contract

The Haines Borough School Board meets 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Haines School library. Its agenda includes discussion of a proposed agreement with the tea...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 29, 2014

Edwards leading king derby

The 42-pound king salmon Mark Edwards hooked about 3 p.m. Sunday at the 36th annual Haines King Salmon Derby tried a few tricks before he reeled it...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 22, 2014

Graduates make emotional exit

Eddie Bryant said he didn’t think a long time before walking out on the gym floor for an impromptu dance with daughter Polly during Haines High...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 22, 2014

King salmon derby offers $21K in cash, prizes

The 36th annual Haines Sportsman’s Association King Salmon Derby kicks off 8 a.m. Saturday, offering more than $20,000 in cash and prizes to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 22, 2014

Takshanuk spending $230K improving fish passage

A $150,000 culvert replacement at Letnikof Cove is aimed at allowing more coho salmon, Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout to reach spawning areas...

 

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