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Articles from the December 15, 2016 edition

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Manager Seward fired with 4-2 vote

After only six months on the job, Manager Bill Seward was terminated Wednesday night by the borough assembly following an emotionally-wracked evening...

 

Assembly OKs breakwater addition

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday reversed an earlier vote and approved adding a 33-foot-long segment of steel breakwater barrier that fishermen...

 

Trooper director: Haines post next in line to be cut

Alaska Department of Public Safety Col. James Cockrell warned last week that if his agency suffered continued budget cuts, Haines will be the next...

 

Student saved from choking

When a Haines High School student called for help as he began to choke at school Monday, Natalie Benassi’s instincts kicked in. “This is not only...

 

Safety net frays with case manager decline

A year after state funding cuts caused Lynn Canal Counseling to fold into Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, another Haines nonprofit is str...

 

State Parks fields gate questions

Why the state Division of Parks recently built a gate on the Chilkoot River Road remains clouded. Amid questioning last week by the Haines Borough...

 

Assembly delays action on heliski map expansion

In the face of two appeals citing conflicts of interest, the Haines Borough assembly Tuesday voted unanimously to delay the controversial process of...

 

Commission: Raise building height limits

The Planning Commission last week voted to recomend raising the building height restrictions in Haines. The measure was introduced by commissioner...

 

Court rejects heliport appeal

A Juneau Superior Court Judge ruled against a bid to operate a heliport on Chilkat Lake Road, the latest twist in years-long attempt by a Haines...

 

Sosa leaves Merchant Marine Academy post

David Sosa, a former Haines Borough manager who requested to be released from his three-year contract, has left his post as commandant of midshipmen...

 

Mackowiak cooks top cookie

Residents Barb Blood and Martha Mackowiak took top adult prizes in the annual holiday cookie and candy contest held last week. Held for the first...

 

Annual bird count set for Saturday

Climate change could be the culprit causing peculiar bird species to turn up in the valley this winter. Saturday’s annual Audubon Christmas Bird...

 

Mail volume swells as holiday approaches

The faux fireplace roared as residents waited patiently in line with an armful of gifts and goodies to send to family and friends for the holidays...

 

Planners dig into comprehensive plan review

The Haines Borough Planning Commission had doubts Tuesday about how many projects in the 2025 Comprehensive Plan the borough can actually complete....

 

Stronger contamination regulations could affect sites

The State of Alaska has adopted new regulations governing cleanup of contaminated sites – most of them more stringent. The new cleanup levels potent...

 
 By Ryan Harms    News    December 15, 2016

DDF team continues strong performances

The Haines Drama, Debate and Forensics team returned home this week after a strong showing at a meet in Ketchikan last weekend. Both Tiaya Ruggirello...

 

Students and seniors to share lunch at school

A new pilot program for seniors to join elementary school students for lunches in the school cafeteria will be put to the test in January. The...

 
 By Ryan Harms    News    December 15, 2016

Young players to make up bulk of basketball teams this season

As the Glacier Bears boys’ and girls’ basketball teams prepare to open the regular season this weekend in Metlakatla, one shared characteristic...

 
 By Ryan Harms    News    December 15, 2016

Hays to represent wrestlers at state

And then there was one. After a grueling season of rough and tumble on the mat, senior Mori Hays has earned the right to compete for a title at this...

 

Groups join forces to plan loop trail in town

Haines organizations are working together to expand and connect trails over lands held by different owners to create a two-mile loop near town....

 

Correction

An obituary in the Dec. 1 paper erroneously suggested that Erwin Hertz was working for Schafer Logging when he suffered his logging accident. He had...

 

Duly Noted

Molly Frances Dorn was born Dec. 9 at Bartlett Regional Hospital to parents Eliza and Dr. Justin Dorn. She weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz. and measured 29...

 

Museum clarifies detail from article

I want to thank everyone again who has contributed to the “White Fang” exhibit at the museum. It’s been exciting to watch visitors relive this...

 

Library thankful for community support

As the saying goes, it takes a village - and what a village we have. The Friends of the Library recently hosted two fundraising events at the library...

 

Winter square dance a big success

Friends of Mosquito Lake School Community Center welcomed over 40 people to our Winter Square Dance and dinner on Dec. 10. Thanks to all of the...

 

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