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 By Tom Morphet    News    January 19, 2017

Work to start on waterfront park, trail

A Juneau design firm that has built interpretive trails throughout the region will come to Haines early next week for two community meetings about...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 19, 2017

Legislature looking to tighten alcohol regulations

An ongoing revision of the state’s alcohol-licensing laws could have effects on Haines eating establishments. Specifically, a working group formed...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 12, 2017 

Ex-workers put spotlight on landfill operation, standards

In 2013, Community Waste Solutions was making strides to improve its FAA Road landfill after years of difficulties meeting state environmental...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 12, 2017 

Harrell's donation buys life-saving devices

A $10,000 donation by Lucy Harrell will buy three automatic external defibrillators, renew batteries in existing AEDs and provide for uniform signage...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 22, 2016

Year in Review: Art, public projects dominated Haines news

Advances in the arts and public projects marked much of the news in 2016, and combined, for some novel exchanges. At a Sept. 8 Haines Borough...

 

Hinman took pride in parenting

Josephine Marian Hinman died Nov. 30 in Juneau at Bartlett Regional Hospital of complications from...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 23, 2016

Skidder accident claims logger Leo Smih

Longtime resident Leo Smith died Tuesday at an Anchorage hospital. Smith, 89, was injured while operating a piece of logging equipment on Beach Road...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 27, 2016

Fundraiser evening recaps heritage center's first summer

Officials with the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center “got it done enough to open May 14,” executive director Lani Hotch said Saturday. They are...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 20, 2016

Swollen list of voters adds context to turnout

Ever wonder why Haines’ voter turnout percentages seem low? Local elections officials reported the official turnout for the recent municipal...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 13, 2016

In second week, dry spell nears record for October

October, historically the wettest month of the year in Haines, has started like May, the driest. The last measurable rainfall occurred Sept. 28,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 13, 2016

Mountaintop weather station erected near 20 Mile

A weather station mounted on Mount Ripinsky last month is the second planted on local peaks in the past two months. A sophisticated, $175,000 station...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 13, 2016

Fort Seward bioswale aims to trap, filter dirty snow

At the southwest corner of the Fort Seward parade grounds, work started Monday on two crescent-shaped “bioswales,” subterranean catchments aimed...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 1, 2016

Old city shop gets make-over

The old City of Haines public works building is getting an upgrade. The 60-by-50 foot, metal-frame structure on Union Street was built in the mid-1960...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 1, 2016

Annual fair meeting looks to future

Gate receipts at the 2016 Southeast Alaska State Fair were “relatively flat” as compared to 2015, despite an improved ferry schedule and a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2016

Increase sought for electricity, fees

Residential and small commercial electric rates would go down slightly but rates for bulk power, five fees and a monthly customer charge would...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2016

Snowmachiners tackle waste at 25 Mile

A dozen or more members of the Chilkat Snowburners snowmachine club gathered heaps of trash from the woods and flats near 25 Mile Haines Highway...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2016

Constantine gets OK for next stage of development

Constantine Metal Resources last week won agency approval for 2.5 miles of additional roads, 120 feet of bridges and other infrastructure at the Palme...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2016

Industry makes case for forestry office

About a dozen timber operators and sawyers made their case for keeping open a state Division of Forestry office in Haines Tuesday, including...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 18, 2016

Yukon: Lots of firewood still available

A competitor of a Canadian firewood supplier involved in a tax dispute with the Haines Borough this week said he wouldn’t rule out bringing logs to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 18, 2016

College talk centers on 2 models

A discussion of establishing a college in Haines Tuesday centered on two different models: one that would offer courses here through colleges or...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 11, 2016

U.S. Senate candidate targets parties, money's influence

An independent U.S. Senate candidate with a $475,000 war chest and an impressive resume campaigned...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 4, 2016

Harbor project opposition unwavering as bid nears

A June meeting called to address harbor project aesthetics was dominated by citizen concerns about the size of a planned parking lot and a project...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 28, 2016

Airport job won't address crowding

A plan to increase parking spots at the Haines airport by one-third or more won’t be included in a $12 million improvement project set to begin...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 28, 2016

Fair salutes 'Spirit of Southeast'

Spinach bread, beach wrestling, Jamberry nail art and an expanded disc golf course will debut at the 48th Southeast Alaska State Fair, which continues...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 28, 2016

New school chief shares views, outlook on job

New Haines Borough School Superintendent Anthony Habra said disagreement with a board that kept “Redskins” as its school mascot factored into leav...

 

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