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Preschool wins $150K grant for new building

For years, Haines preschoolers have attended classes in an aging 1905-era building with numerous past lives – from U.S. Government school for...

 

Tourism marketing money in cross-hairs

Haines small business owner Rhonda Hinson takes every advantage she can to bring tourism dollars to her arts-and-crafts store on Main Street. As...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    December 1, 2016

Red kettle a key to Salvation Army efforts

That familiar red kettle and ringing bell are back at Haines stores this holiday season. But before you pass by without a thought, that shiny bucket i...

 

Manger scene attracts prayerful -- and thieves

Haines resident Jim Studley was out Sunday with his tool kit, stapling up a line of twinkly white lights, placing the final touches on a local...

 

Ski club ready to set trails around valley

After last week’s significant snowfall, local cross-country skiers and winter hikers are ready to hit the backcountry trails, and the Haines Ski...

 

Black Friday draws shoppers, but on Alaska time

Tom Heywood, co-owner of the Babbling Book on Main Street, was ready and eager for his biggest sales day of the year. Make that every town merchant’...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    December 1, 2016

Haines Assisted Living hires nurse administrator

Haines Assisted Living welcomed Stephanie Pattison back to Haines as the new nurse administrator last month. After restructuring HAL staff, board...

 

Assembly members dig into how to fix budget

Amid another troubled season of state budget slashing, the Haines Borough Assembly held a sometimes-tense workshop Monday night to target its budget...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    December 1, 2016

Heliski committee makes deadline, skipping some areas

Monday’s Heliski Map Committee meeting was its last, despite long discussion on wildlife habitat and clerical map errors leaving unfinished...

 

Residents come together for the holidays

From her vantage point near the high-action kitchen, Jane Cowart watched the line of Haines residents move up the serving queue Thursday at the...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    December 1, 2016

Speed limit change dropped for eagle preserve

Drivers on Haines Highway observed the speed limit through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, which remained at 55 mph during this year’s Alaska Bald...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    December 1, 2016

New rescue team aimed at helping troopers

With the Alaska state troopers and the Haines fire department stretched thin, a new Haines Search and Rescue team allows community members with...

 

Weather closes borough offices

Slushy roads and driving rain Tuesday caused Haines to do something rare: roll up the slippery sidewalks, close borough offices, cancel all meetings a...

 

Borough considers enacting filming permit

The Haines Borough needs to create a permit process to protect itself from lawsuits resulting from shooting mishaps on the reality TV and nature...

 

Hertz confronted adversity with optimism, faith

Erwin Hertz, a logger-turned-electrician who confronted hardship with optimism and faith, died...

 

Smith: Paratrooper, logger 'did what he wanted'

A celebration of Leo Smith's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the American Legion....

 

State to explain gate at Chilkoot

State park ranger Travis Russell will address the new gate constructed across the Chilkoot River Corridor at the Dec. 8 Planning Commission meeting....

 

Icy weather causes multi-vehicle mayhem

At age 79, former logger and outdoorsman Gary Hess has negotiated some pretty dicey and dangerous tracks across Southeast Alaska, but few have...

 

Police Report

Monday, Nov. 21 A Union Street caller reported vandalism to the gas tank of their vehicle; the total estimate of damages is $150. Wednesday, Nov. 23...

 

Duly Noted

Bozhi Sebens and parents Tod and Margaret Sebens celebrated Bozhi’s eighteenth birthday by attending their first professional basketball game in P...

 

The ABEF appreciates your support

Thank you to each and every one of you who helped make the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival a success once more! Thanks to our volunteers. Thanks to every...

 

White Fang returns to town at museum

Our holiday present to the community is our new exhibit on “White Fang: When Hollywood Came to Haines,” which opens Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. This look...

 

Girls will keep rockin' thanks to you

The organizers of the Haines Girls Rock Camp would like to thank everyone who came out to our fundraising concert Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Chilkat...

 

Woman's Club bazaar fills scholarship fund

Once again, Haines has shown us that we have the best vendors, the best customers, the best helpers, and by far the best bakers and chili makers in...

 

Thankful for small-town privileges

I want to thank Jack and Little Jack Smith for coming to my rescue this past Saturday after the vehicle pileup on Third Avenue. I have never been...

 

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