Articles written by Tom Morphet

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 By Tom Morphet    News    May 28, 2015 

Long road to diploma ends at Chilkat village

Kimberley Strong’s college degree was a long time coming – nearly 35 years. Since she started attending colleges in California in the early 1980s,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 28, 2015 

Haines teachers reject negotiated contract offer

By an 80 percent margin, Haines Borough teachers last week voted to reject a compensation proposal negotiated between union representatives and the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 28, 2015 

New school schedule: Start earlier, end later

A new school schedule that starts earlier in the day and ends later – except on Thursdays – is aimed at allowing staff more time for professional...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 28, 2015 

Meeting Tuesday will decide school computer issue

The Haines Borough School Board is scheduled to make a decision on its “Engaging the Future” computer initiative Tuesday, June 2. The meeting...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015

Brain issues among concerns at tech 'open house'

“Engaging the Future,” an initiative that would expand availability of computers at the Haines School, including lower grades, came under the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015

Preschool to discuss fate of donations

Chilkat Valley Preschool board members will meet during a finance committee meeting May 28 and discuss what will come of about $100,000 the group...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015

Persevere, grads told; scholarships awarded

Haines High School valedictorian Keegan Sundberg on Tuesday urged his classmates to “try your best to accept new things with an open mind. Life is...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015

Youth soccer program starts June 30

Community Youth Development soccer is back. The free, borough-run, summer sports program took a break last year. It will run June 30-Aug. 6, with...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015

Editorial

My mom and dad were not enamored of the 20th century’s greatest learning tool, as television once was hailed. They prohibited us from watching it...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

School board OKs plan to house preschool

What a difference a year can make. In spring 2014, Chilkat Valley Preschool officials were so discouraged by the Haines Borough School District’s...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

Slaying in Fairbanks ends buddies' retirement dream

Steve Leavitt arrived in Haines this spring with a backhoe, a trailer full of tools and a dream to build a cabin. “Nothing big or fancy, but somethi...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

Pellet boiler project to test 'Alaska' burn tube

In the wake of an unresolved problem with wood pellet boilers in Haines, the Alaska Energy Authority has indefinitely extended a deadline for spending...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

Tribe's wetlands trail project nearing completion

A nearly mile-long, forest trail winding through a downtown wetland should be traversable in a few weeks, Scott Hansen of the Chilkoot Indian...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

Stacy remembered as champion for young children

Anneliese Stacy, who experienced deprivation and trauma as a child in war-torn Germany, devoted her...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Editorial

It was a fitting coincidence that the Haines School Board approved pursuing an agreement for housing the Chilkat Valley Preschool on the same day...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 7, 2015

Canoe group lands prominent spot at heritage center dedication

North Tide Canoe Kwaan of Haines will hold a prominent spot at the dedication of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Center on May 15 in J...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 7, 2015

Earth Day gathering Saturday at school

The town’s annual Earth Day Fair will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Haines School cafeteria. It will feature displays on energy,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 7, 2015

Bell replaces Benner as head of harbor department

Shawn Bell is the Haines Borough’s new harbormaster. Bell, 31, was appointed assistant harbormaster in April 2014. He grew up in Colorado and previo...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Exhibit recreates famous spans

“Long winters.” That’s how lifelong resident Tom Bieleski explains the 13 noted bridges of the world he’s replicated with tiny “timbers”...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Sales increased 2 percent in 2014

An upswing in sales tax from tourism and construction helped offset a dip in retail sales, boosting Haines Borough sales tax income 2 percent in 2014....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Petition seeks to halt harbor design work

A petition circulating around town this week asked the Haines Borough to suspend design work on the harbor expansion project to allow for more public...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Ratings website says school district #1 in Alaska

Haines Borough School District officials this week said they were flattered – and a bit surprised – by an Internet-based company ranking the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Portrait art sought for show

Artists are invited to submit work for a portrait and figure show to be held at the Sheldon Museum June 19-July 25. Submissions are due May 22. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Front Street project to focus on boats

A commercial development on Front Street is planned primarily as an expansion of an existing marine repair business with a bar and restaurant as...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

An encore show for Man Sounds

As a result of the recent Southeast Music Festival in Juneau, six soloists and the 11-member “man choir” from Haines High School have qualified...

 

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