Articles written by Tom Morphet

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 By Tom Morphet    News    August 27, 2015 

Seven Mile pullout an eyesore no more

Native groups and the State of Alaska have cleaned up and cordoned off a Haines Highway pullout that for decades attracted squatters, partiers and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 27, 2015 

NPS biologist: Make rules, enforce them at Chilkoot

Making human use predictable and preventing bears from getting human food – including fish from anglers – should be top priorities along the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 27, 2015 

Friske recounts fatal Sitka slide that claimed house

Former resident Andrew Friske this week said he feels lucky his family wasn’t hurt in an Aug. 18 landslide in Sitka that crushed his house and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 27, 2015 

Boreal locavore to fix gourmet meal for museum

Early this week, Michelle Genest of Whitehorse, Y.T., was tucking into a dinner of chick-pea curry with a sauce of rosehips she picked and rhubarb...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 27, 2015 

Editorial

As it was only about 15 years ago that brown bear sows and cubs started showing up in numbers along the Chilkoot River during daylight hours, the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 20, 2015

Chilkoot bear scene 'worse than a zoo'

By Tom Morphet Crowding, garbage and careless behavior became so prevalent at Chilkoot River during last weekend’s Dominion Day holiday that some...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 20, 2015

School board approves teachers' contract

After a 45-minute executive session, the Haines Borough School Board Tuesday accepted a revised contract with the local teachers’ union. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 20, 2015

Troopers still looking into bear suit stunt

State trooper Sgt. Aaron Frenzel said this week that an investigation into the actions of a man wearing a bear costume along the Chilkoot River last...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 20, 2015

Newcomer restoring noted painter's stone house

A commercial real estate developer who moved to town last spring is restoring a stone-sided house on the Chilkat River, partly as a tribute to Gil...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 20, 2015

District to pay $7,000 for help with superintendent hire

The Haines School Board on Tuesday approved paying the Alaska Association of School Boards $7,000 to lead it through its next superintendent hire....

 
 By Tom Morphet    Duly Noted    August 20, 2015

Duly Noted

Haines animal lover and Haines Animal Rescue Kennel founder Vinca Gilman died Friday in Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital of sepsis, partner Mike...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 13, 2015

Main Street's new totem pole will feature a tourist

The Sheldon Museum sign, a rotting timber and stone edifice that was sinking into a lawn adjacent to Main Street, is scheduled to be replaced by...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 13, 2015

Gov. Walker: New revenues, including taxes, will be discussed

During an afternoon visit here last week, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said he would be putting the issue of new revenues “on the table” when the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 13, 2015

Classes at Haines School start Tuesday

Set the alarm clocks earlier. Students at Haines School return to classes next week under a new schedule. Classes start at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 13, 2015

Return of Chilkoot bears brings 'mad house,' shouting

Residents and some visitors are raising concerns about bear-viewing etiquette along the Chilkoot River. “It’s a mad house. All day long. It’s a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 13, 2015

Editorial

Haines Borough policy allowing free, overflow camping in public places during events that book the town could stand some tweaking. Putting campers in...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 6, 2015

Numbers drop at state fair

Gate revenues at the 47th Southeast Alaska State Fair appear to be down about 12 percent from last year, but executive director Jessica Edwards said t...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 6, 2015

SEARHC to absorb counseling agency

Lynn Canal Counseling Services officials said anticipated funding cuts are behind its decision to turn over its operation to Southeast Alaska...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 6, 2015

Commercial trailers open around dock

Two unpermitted commercial trailers that started operating earlier this summer bring to three the number of wheeled shops operating on rented lots...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 6, 2015

Biologist to speak at 2nd bear fest

The second annual Haines Celebration of Bears, an educational effort aimed at protecting bears by educating people, will include programs for youths...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 6, 2015

Part-time forestry job survives budget cuts

The state Division of Forestry office isn’t closed yet. The Alaska Legislature this year axed most of the funding for the office, which laid off...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 23, 2015

Vets' home nets $650K gift

Lucy Harrell has made a $650,000 donation that will complete the first floor of the Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village within a year. “Since we agreed...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 23, 2015

Deadline for most state fair exhibits Saturday

Organizers of the 47th annual Southeast Alaska State Fair are expecting a bounty of vegetables and berries following recent warm and wet weather, plus...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 16, 2015

Russell takes helm as new park ranger

Travis Russell figures serving as state park ranger in Haines involves three seasons: summer, bald...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 16, 2015

Foresters track pine disease

A foliage disease has discolored the needles of pine trees between 7 Mile and 15 Mile Haines Highway, and an aerial survey by federal forest...

 

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