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 By Tom Morphet    News    August 14, 2014 

Bear festival ready to go, with or without star attractions

On the eve of the Chilkat Valley’s first bear festival, one group of guests was conspicuous by its absence early this week: bears. “The bears...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 14, 2014 

Veterans move in to Soboleff-McRae home

Tom Stevens can’t hunt rabbits out his back door anymore and he needs a new hobby to fill the time he once spent bringing in firewood. But he’s...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 14, 2014 

Class to document historic cannery sites

Haines-based archaeologist Anastasia Wiley will lead a class documenting remains of seven or more local canneries Aug. 19-Sept. 11. The class will...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 14, 2014 

Discovered crate a link to early firefighting efforts

A bit of Fort Seward history surfaced recently when a 50-pound, unopened crate of soda ash addressed to the quartermaster at Chilkoot Barracks was...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 14, 2014 

Trot will highlight town's totems

Runners raising pledges during the first Totem Trot will help the Sheldon Museum offer education programs during the coming year, director Helen...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 7, 2014

Porcupine prospector found dead

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the unattended death of a longtime prospector in the Porcupine mining district. According to trooper Andrew...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 7, 2014

School OKs system for tracking visitors

On a 4-3 vote, the Haines Borough School Board on Tuesday approved a new, electronic security program for tracking visitors to the Haines School,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 7, 2014

Theft, vandalism at Catholic church

A waist-high donation box was stolen and a large, ceremonial candle was destroyed recently at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. “Isn’t that...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 7, 2014

Dr. Heinz off to islands; SEARHC clinic hires new doctor

The Haines medical clinic is losing a long-time doctor and gaining a new one. Dr. Julia Heinz, half-time employee who has worked at the clinic since...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 31, 2014

July brings rain record

Sunday’s .62 inches of rain pushed July’s total rainfall to 6.05 inches, setting a new monthly record and breaking the former record of 5.49...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 24, 2014

State fair seeking exhibits, volunteers

Maya Feldman said she may put a price tag on “Three Little Birds Outside My Window,” a papier-mache statue she’s entering as an exhibit in the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 24, 2014

Gillnetter built from scratch launched after 6 years

During his four decades of commercial fishing, Jim Szymanski took a liking to a style of boats he saw occasionally, built by Hansen Boat Co....

 
 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...

 

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