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Fair membership meeting, dinner Friday at Harriett Hall

The Southeast Alaska State Fair will hold its annual membership meeting starting 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at the fairgrounds’ Harriett Hall. A dinner...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 28, 2016

Veteran tally slipping?

Local officials often proclaim Haines as boasting the highest number of veterans per capita in Alaska, but a report released last month by Alaska...

 

Duly Noted

Kee Heywood is credited as an editor of the micro-documentary film, “The Search for Earth Proxima,” by Speculative Films. The film, which...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 7, 2016

Manager delays harbor job, for a moment

Less than seven hours after postponing the Small Boat Harbor expansion project, Haines Borough Manager Bill Seward retracted the directive and gave...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 7, 2016

Vote on tourism tax advances

After more than an hour of testimony from residents, the Haines Borough Finance Committee last week recommended to let voters in the fall municipal...

 

Letter-writer omitted some facts

Regarding Karen Hess’ letter in last week’s paper in which she describes the facts behind the funding of the Port Chilkoot Dock complex: her...

 

Dock was also paid by grants, head tax

In response to last week’s article, specifically to J.R. Churchill and the petition to repeal the 1 percent sales tax that funds the tourism...

 

The bullies have taken over Haines

Don Turner III, while sitting at the Planning Commission table last week, wore a T-shirt that said, “I like the sound you make when you shut up.”...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 9, 2016

Kito only candidate to file for legislative seat

Barring a write-in campaign, Haines voters won’t have a choice about who represents them in the Alaska House of Representatives when the next...

 

Borough should subsidize taxi service

It’s ironic that Haines has a beer festival and no taxi business. I think the borough should offer a $4,000 grant annually to a taxi company so we...

 

Two observances honored fallen soldiers

I want to thank everyone who attended the memorial services Monday at Jones Point and Klukwan. A special thanks to our speaker Bill Thomas, Tom...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 26, 2016

Assembly defeats attempt to terminate lobbyist contract

A Haines Borough Assembly member on Tuesday made a move to terminate Bill Thomas’s lobbyist contract, but other members weren’t on board with the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 26, 2016

End draws near for 'The Swamp'

A Haines Borough Assembly member on Tuesday made a move to terminate Bill Thomas’s lobbyist contract, but other members weren’t on board with the...

 

Thomas says lobbyist pay was for work during session

Lobbyist Bill Thomas said in an interview last week his $45,000 pay covers only a 90-day session of the Alaska Legislature, although he may keep in...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 5, 2016

Thomas claims role in saving sewer funds

The Haines Borough Assembly received an update from lobbyist Bill Thomas last week, and interim manager Brad Ryan has included funding for the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 5, 2016

Freeride's partner search will plumb deep pockets

Haines has a strong calling card for hosting extreme ski events like the Freeride World Tour, but gaining the level of sponsorship sought by the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 7, 2016

Draft budget balanced with $400K in savings

Haines Borough interim manager Brad Ryan last week released his $12.3 million draft budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes cutting the...

 

Duy Noted

Silas Christopher Thomas was born to parents Gabe Thomas and Tracey Harmon at 1:55 p.m. on March 9 at Sitka’s Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. He weighed...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 18, 2016

State will answer questions on "Tier 3"

In an effort to put rumors to rest and increase understanding, a representative from the Department of Environmental Conservation will answer...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 18, 2016

Coliseum to reopen as 'bazaar'

In an effort to put rumors to rest and increase understanding, a representative from the Department of Environmental Conservation will answer...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 11, 2016

Constantine urges delay on 'Tier 3' river protection

Constantine Metal Resources is urging members of the Upper Lynn Canal Fish and Game Advisory Committee to delay any support toward designating the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 4, 2016

Lobbyist Thomas reports activities

Haines Borough lobbyist Bill Thomas submitted his first progress report to the manager last week, offering a day-by-day chronicling of his work in Jun...

 

Editorial

To save us some potential embarrassment and money, the Haines Borough Assembly should advance to voters a $10 million bond for completion of the boat...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 28, 2016

Clerk pay raise idea triggers critique, flap

“Cruel.” “Vicious.” “Unprincipled.” Those are a few of the words Haines Borough Assembly members and one borough employee used to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 21, 2016

Lobbyist's reports at issue

Responding to residents concerned about confidentiality clauses in the Haines Borough’s agreement with lobbyist Bill Thomas, assembly member...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 7, 2016

Thomas will lobby Legislature for Haines Borough

The Haines Borough Assembly on Dec. 29 authorized acting manager Julie Cozzi to draw up a $45,000, one-year lobbying contract with former state Rep....

 

Ski petitioner pushing case

Haines resident Erik Stevens said this week he has collected about 140 signatures in support of removing a section of Haines Borough code that...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 17, 2015

Former legislator seeks lobbyist job

The Haines Borough received only two applications for its $45,000 lobbyist position, including one from former state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines. The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 3, 2015

assemblyman takes up museum name change

A tense exchange at Tuesday’s Haines Borough Assembly meeting revealed there may be more to the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center’s name change...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 19, 2015

Questions raised on hiring lobbyist

Nearly six months after approving a budget that included $45,000 for a state lobbyist, the Haines Borough has posted an advertisement for a firm or...

 

Minor offenses group chosen

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill revealed her selections for the newly-created minor offenses committee Tuesday, choosing four members of the public...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 22, 2015

Hearing Wednesday on revised highway expansion

The state Department of Transportation will hold public meetings in Haines and Klukwan Oct. 28 on the draft revised environmental assessment of...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    September 3, 2015

Insurance costs rise as fire rating drops

Insurance rates are rising for homeowners in the upper valley, the result of a diminished rating of the Klehini Valley Fire Department by the Insuranc...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 3, 2015

Chum salmon channels get $620K expansion

The region’s aquaculture association last week completed a $620,000 extension of two chum spawning channels located near the Porcupine Road in the...

 
 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 Karen Garcia    News    May 14, 2015

Harbor petition denied, but analysis planned

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday told concerned residents it would not slow plans for expansion of the Small Boat Harbor, but agreed to discuss...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 9, 2015

Sosa: Hire state lobbyist for $45K

One year after the Haines Borough Assembly cut from its budget a $43,200 federal lobbyist position, manager David Sosa is proposing to spend $45,000...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 26, 2015

Assembly pushes harbor project past questions, critics

Haines Borough Assembly members and mayor Jan Hill this week turned back efforts to extend public comment time on the Small Boat Harbor expansion proj...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Mayor: Juneau trip netted many connections

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill recently returned from a trip to Juneau for the Alaska Municipal League Winter Legislative conference, where she...

 

Fish tax should pay for seine, troll floats

I read with interest your Dec. 16, 2014 article on the raw fish tax the Haines Borough receives, mostly from the purse seine catches. I...

 

Election placards must go

Some residents are still publicly proclaiming their support for U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan or former state Rep. Bill Thomas, but Haines Borough staff is...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 29, 2015

Sonar fish camera slated for cut

A $100,000 sonar camera installed at the Chilkat Lake weir since 2008 will likely be mothballed this year by the Department of Fish and Game due to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 15, 2015

Former Representative Thomas will advise borough

The Haines Borough has hired former state house Rep. Bill Thomas as a consultant. Manager David Sosa this month hired Thomas for one month for a fee...

 

Duly Noted

Nate and Michelle Webb were married at Sedgely Place in Greene, Maine, on Nov. 8. The 17th-century inn was filled with about 70 guests, including...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 18, 2014

Record pink return pushes raw fish tax to $438K

Haines Borough income from the state’s raw fish tax has hit a 25-year high – $438,390. That’s about twice last year’s fish tax income of...

 

Volunteers sweeten life at senior home

The residents of Haines Assisted Living have benefited greatly from the gifts of beautiful seafood from Bill Thomas, J.R. Churchill, Sabine Olsson...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 30, 2014

Egan, Williams vie to represent Haines in Senate

Incumbent Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, and Tom Williams, R-Juneau, are squaring off to represent Senate District Q in the Alaska Legislature, but Willi...

 

Editorial

If you think voting doesn’t change anything, consider the money spent in the past few months to influence how you mark your ballot. Between the Augu...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 23, 2014

Sockeye surge, hatchery chum buoy gillnetters

An unexpected surge of Chilkoot-run sockeye, stable prices and hatchery chum catches helped make the 2014 commercial gillnet fishery another lucrative...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 2, 2014

Thefts reported at airport, boat harbor

Thefts of cash and property are continuing around town. The Alaska Seaplanes office and boat owners at the Small Boat Harbor are the latest victims....

 

Duly Noted

The Ducks Unlimited “Wall of Guns” fundraiser Aug. 23 netted about $13,000, said Haines chapter chairperson Jamie Knudsen. A name was picked from...

 

Mechanic Edwards was buoyant spirit, despite disabilities

Friends and relatives filled the American Legion Hall Wednesday to share stories of George Edwards,...

 

Fair reports winners; sets annual meeting for Aug. 29

The Southeast Alaska State Fair will host its annual membership meeting 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at Harriett Hall, followed at 6 p.m. by an...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 31, 2014

Seniors' tax break costing borough $300K

Discount days at local businesses aren’t the only perks older residents enjoy. More and more property owners age 65 and older are applying for senio...

 

Duly Noted

Reed Scott-Schwalbach and Chris Celauro married July 19 at the Fort Seward tribal house. Reed’s mother and Haines mayor Stephanie...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 12, 2014

Thomas won't run

Haines residents will take to the polls in November to elect a state senator and House representative. Due to redistricting, Rep. Jonathan...

 

Duly Noted

Molly Wilson arrived in Los Angeles last weekend, where she’s working as the first assistant camera person onboard the research vessel “Sea...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 8, 2014

Sen. Stedman's views on session

Veteran state Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, said Haines residents shouldn’t kid themselves: Redistricting and declining state appropriations likely...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 13, 2014

Summit: Tourism, real estate sectors rebounding

Presenters at the Haines Chamber of Commerce “Economic Summit” Saturday reported a “considerable rebound” in the local real estate market and...

 

Duly Noted

Bentley Thomas Baltzell was born 10:51 a.m. Feb. 19 at Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital to parents Hannah Dobbins and Dillon Baltzell. He...

 

Duly Noted

Katie and Jim Whitley and sons Jonathan Slade, 2, and infant Matthew Gunner are leaving Haines and heading back to Texas, where they’ll live in a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 23, 2014

Kerttula's move starts jockeying

Who will represent Haines in the Alaska Legislature is now a little less certain following the resignation this week of longtime state Rep. Beth...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 9, 2014

Thomas hinting at run for legislature

Former state Rep. Bill Thomas, a Haines Republican, has indicated he may run again for the Alaska Legislature, and this week expressed interest in...

 

Duly Noted

Lindsay Johnson and Graham Kraft were married Dec. 27 at their property near Viking Cove. The bride, groom, and guests skied and snowshoed to the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 19, 2013

In 2013, projects belied forecast

For the first time since the rebuilt Haines School was oriented toward Old Haines Highway in 2007, students could make it to the school along a...

 

Duly Noted

Going in for their routine veterinarian appointments, some Haines pets have been greeted by a National Geographic film crew. J.R. Myers’ cats,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 17, 2013

Vets' home draws tenants, concerns

Recent agreements with local nonprofits mean the ground floor of the Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village and Wellness Center will be fully occupied when...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 17, 2013

Drop in chum price, harvest dampens gillnet year

Reports of record salmon harvests don’t extend to Haines. Lynn Canal gillnetters hauled in fish worth $9.28 million in 2013, down from about $15...

 

Thanks for sharing gardens' bounty

On behalf of the residents of Haines Assisted Living (HAL), we would like to take this opportunity to thank our caring community for the sharing of...

 

Goll, Thomas pen critique of highway plan

Haines Borough Assembly members Tuesday hashed out a position on the state’s plans for widening the Haines Highway, incorporating verbiage from a...

 

State fair announces top exhibits, competition winners

Fair Parade: Best Dancers: Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Dancers. Best Band: “Music Man” Haines Community Marching Band. Best Float: Chilkat Valley...

 

Former reps qualify highway support

For a total of 16 years, we served as state representatives for Haines. We have both partnered and disagreed over issues in the past. This letter is...

 

Duly Noted

Porter Owen Del Prete was born at the Juneau Birthing Center early Aug. 5 to parents Shannon and Andrew Del Prete. He weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz., and...

 

Thanks for creating holiday events

The Haines Chamber of Commerce appreciates all the volunteers who make the Fourth of July a spectacular success. Winners of the parade are: 1) Haines...

 

Sunshine brings out crowds on 4th

Another Chandler Kemp record in the the Mount Ripinsky Run and the longest parade in memory marked the 2013 Haines Independence Day celebration....

 

Duly Noted

David Olerud is recovering from heart surgery at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. Daughter Sarah Swinton said that Dave will be in Anchorage...

 

Town sends off Haines High class of 2013 in style

With a tip of their mortarboards to a classmate with special needs, the Haines High School Class of 2013 graduated Monday at a ceremony spotlighting...

 

Diapers, toilet amid riverside dumpings

Volunteers picked up between three and five tons of trash and recyclables from alongside the Chilkat River and channels during the Takshanuk...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 9, 2013

Work on veterans home soon

Construction of the Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village will start any day now, said Haines Assisted Living board president Jim Studley. A ceremonial...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Kreiss-Tomkins: Session 'depressing' experience

State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins this week said his first session in the Alaska Legislature was a “sobering” and “depressing” experience.... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 18, 2013

Veterans' home groundbreaking April 27

Veterans affairs officials with the State of Alaska are expected at the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Soboleff-McRae Veterans’ Village starting... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 11, 2013

Port Chilkoot dock bid under budget

The lowest bid for the Port Chilkoot Dock and Letnikof Harbor renovation projects is $500,000 under budget, allowing the Haines Borough to include... Full story

 

Duly Noted

Rene Pisel-Walker died Monday at her home in Juneau of complications of breast cancer. She was 49. Pisel-Walker lived in Haines in the mid-1980s,... Full story

 

Land owner: Cut taxes, invite industry

The borough tax assessments recently were a shock to property owners, including myself. I am wondering about the way the assessor based his...

 

Luncheon kicks off center revival effort

An effort to shore up support for the Haines Senior Center kicks off with a luncheon at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 15 at the center. “Celebrating 30...

 

Borough: Tweak sockeye study

The Haines Borough is taking a closer look before signing off on a $10,000 study of local commercial fish stocks and management. The draft report,...

 

Schnabel misses on Kreiss-Tomkins

In his letter to the editor published Feb. 21, John Schnabel begins by writing “I know nothing...” How true those words are. He writes “...the...

 

Save negativity until the next election

As a member of Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ campaign team, I can assure you that his statements regarding former Rep. Bill Thomas’ voting position...

 

Schnabel allegations factually untrue

In the Feb. 21 edition of the Chilkat Valley News, John Schnabel made several charges against Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins that were without basis and...

 

Kreiss-Tomkins not honest in assertions

I know nothing about Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ philosophy or background except that he attended Yale but didn’t graduate, is 23 years of age and ha...

 

Duly Noted

Melissa Aronson and Carol Tuynman spent a month traveling together on the Big Island of Hawaii. They moved around to five areas, including the home...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 20, 2012

2012: The Year in Review

The earth moved in 2012 and the shift wasn’t only the “slump” on the side of Mount Ripinsky that cleaved a house and split Lutak Road....

 

Thomas got harbor upgrades going

As a commercial fisherman out of Haines, I was surprised that Bill Thomas lost his campaign. The recent plans for the harbor’s improvement and...

 

Thomas' ascent: From millhand to Alaska legislator

In 2006, a certified public accountant brought in to review the books of the Southeast Alaska State Fair determined the organization was bankrupt. A f...

 

Duly Noted

Capt. Norman Hughes accepted the Lifesaver Award from National Fisherman on behalf of Randa Hopper Syzmanski at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 6, 2012

Recount seals Kreiss-Tomkins win

Recount results in the House District 34 election solidified Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ victory over state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 29, 2012

Thomas seeks recount

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, filed a recount request for the House District 34 election Tuesday. Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka was...

 

Editorial

A local motor vehicle tax to help clean up junked vehicles isn’t a bad idea, but critics seem to be saying they’d like to see the Haines Borough...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 22, 2012

Apparent House win for Kreiss-Tomkins

The see-saw race for the District 34 House seat continued Monday when Democratic challenger Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins recaptured the lead, gaining 28 vo...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 15, 2012

Thomas up by 2; votes still coming in

By two votes, state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, pulled ahead of Democratic challenger Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka in the race for House District...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 8, 2012

Absentee votes will decide race for House

Democratic challenger Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka is declaring “victory with a huge asterisk” over incumbent state Rep. Bill Thomas,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 1, 2012

Legislative races on Tuesday's ballot

Voters in the Chilkat Valley will cast ballots for candidates for the Alaska Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. President in Tuesday...

 

Tax cut tips support to Kreiss-Tomkins

I know both of the candidates for the upcoming House District 34 election and I like them both. They offer very different visions of our future and...

 

Duly Noted

Tom Heywood was in San Francisco when son Kee Heywood shot a weekend of footage for his first film, entitled “Phantom-Limbed.” The scenes were fil...

 

Support Thomas for state House seat

The Chilkoot Indian Association (CIA) is the federally recognized sovereign Indian tribe for Haines, Alaska. The tribe received a legislative grant...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 11, 2012

Legislative candidates talk education

Democratic challenger Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins assailed state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, and Republican funding of education at a debate Monday in...

 

Harrington remembered for strong faith, warmth

Friends and family filled the Chilkat Center Saturday to remember Jan Harrington. Harrington, 62,...

 

Thomas diligent for education

A few years ago, in Juneau, as a member of a contingent advocating for early childhood education and a comprehensive system within the state, I had...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 4, 2012

Legislative candidates to debate

Candidates for Haines’ seat in the state House of Representatives and at least one candidate for state Senate have said they’ll attend a debate 7...

 

Scout camp dedication on Oct. 13

A dedication of the new Boy Scout camp at Mount Riley is set for noon Saturday, Oct. 13. Organizer Sean Gaffney said the event will include a hot dog...

 

Thomas has seniority and clout

We offer this letter of support for state Rep. Bill Thomas, our effective state representative. Bill has served the communities he represents very...

 

We're lucky to have Thomas in legislature

Bill Thomas is an extraordinary person who has worked hard to achieve his prominent position in the legislature. He has been a strong...

 

Thomas needs to reject $2 billion for oil

To get my vote in this next election I’d have to hear from state Rep. Bill Thomas that he would reject Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to give ben...

 

Can't put 23-year-old in state House

All the promises and letters can not convince me to vote for a 23-year-old. I compare putting Kreiss-Tomkins in the state House to asking my nine-...

 

Thomas voted for to rebate oil companies

There’s no doubt that Bill Thomas has brought home the bacon for Haines, and we all appreciate it. The question is whether there will be bacon to br...

 

Commemorative dinner set for Sept. 11

In their first combined effort, the American Legion, Emblem Club and American Legion Auxiliary are sponsoring a community potluck dinner in...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 30, 2012

Voters reject coastal management initiative

Voters in the Chilkat Valley aligned with ones statewide Tuesday, rejecting a ballot proposition that would have restored Alaska’s coastal managemen...

 

Contributions reflect support for Kreiss-Tomkins

I’ve known Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins for nearly a dozen years and couldn’t have been more excited when he filed to represent Haines -- and Sitka, an...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 23, 2012

Legislative candidates unopposed in primary

Major party candidates vying to represent Haines in the Alaska Legislature have no opponents in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Rep. Bill...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 23, 2012

Third Avenue paving earmark lost

The Haines Borough will redouble efforts to secure $900,000 in funding for paving of Third Avenue after losing a federal earmark for the work. Funds...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 23, 2012

"Haines hero" Eric McDowell dies at 69

Haines schoolmates of Eric McDowell this week described him as a role model and valued friend....

 

Thomas has public service experience

I have been a registered Republican for almost 60 years. For the first 10 years, I voted a straight Republican ticket. Afterwards, I almost...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 2, 2012

Service groups talk of merging efforts

Representatives of four Haines service organizations met Wednesday and discussed pooling volunteers and partnering to keep groups and events afloat...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 14, 2012

Sidewalks, curbing may be expanded

State Department of Transportation officials this week said they’re hoping to secure money to expand curb and sidewalk replacement work adjacent to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 14, 2012

Residents to Fish and Game: Protect wild red runs

Residents at a June 6 meeting in Haines said they were afraid the state was repeating mistakes of the past, including boosting fishermen elsewhere at...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    June 7, 2012

Commentary

Instead of an old truck, suppose I owned a Bentley, a high-performance luxury car, a sophisticated piece of equipment requiring a specialized...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 31, 2012

Partial sidewalk work irks leaders, merchants

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, said this week a patchwork replacement of sidewalk and curbs downtown can’t be fixed this year, due to funding...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 24, 2012

Haines, Juneau unlinked under new district plan

The path to re-election for State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, cleared a bit this week, as the Alaska Supreme Court reversed course and approved a...

 

Duly Noted

Ivy Kathryn Elliott was born Wednesday, May 16 at 1:01 a.m. in Juneau to Sarah and Brian Elliott. Ivy weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20.5...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 17, 2012

House district tilts toward Juneau

Haines would be included in a state House of Representatives district dominated by voters from Juneau’s Mendenhall Valley under a new plan adopted...

 

PC Dock rebuild will wait until 2013

Bolstered by an additional $3.4 million in funding secured by state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, the Haines Borough has nearly $6 million to devote to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 19, 2012

Christmas in April: $19 million in projects

Projects in the Chilkat Valley would receive $18.9 million in state funding from bills approved in the past week by the Alaska Legislature, including...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 19, 2012

'Priority list' sought for Chilkoot

Residents got a look at the first round of the state’s thinking about improvements along the Chilkoot River corridor at a meeting Tuesday with...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 15, 2012

Thomas holds ground against increase in school formula fund

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, hammered on the need to limit spending at a Friday Chamber of Commerce meeting attended by local school officials...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 15, 2012

Thomas says he wants to be Speaker of House

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, told the Haines Chamber of Commerce last week he wanted to serve six more years in the Alaska Legislature and would...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 8, 2012

Motel sought for veterans’ home

Haines Assisted Living is negotiating to buy the Thunderbird Motel as the site of a possible veterans’ home in Haines. Purchase would be funded by...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 1, 2012

A rising drumbeat for wild fish

Commercial fishermen are hoping to enlist broad community support in an effort to reverse a perceived decline in the area’s wild salmon runs,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 1, 2012

Local GOP to vote on presidential hopefuls Local GOP to vote on presidential hopefuls

Republicans in the Chilkat Valley will get to weigh in on the GOP presidential nomination process during the state party’s Presidential Preference P...

 

Local parents, educators rally behind funding bill

The Haines Borough School Board, parents and supporters are spreading the word far and wide - in letters, on Facebook and on blogs - that school...

 

Duly Noted

Mary Price is recovering from heart-related complications at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Mary was briefly released from the...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    January 5, 2012

Assembly committee edges toward Center roof repair

A committee of the Haines Borough Assembly took a baby step toward funding a Chilkat Center roof repair at a Dec. 27 workshop. The borough recently...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    January 5, 2012

Opinion

Let’s hope the Haines Borough Assembly will decide to fix the Chilkat Center roof without too much more deliberation. Facilities director Brian... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 22, 2011

Parnell seeks $4.5 million for harbor job

Gov. Sean Parnell has included $4.5 million for Haines harbor improvement in the coming year’s budget, work that will go toward reducing wave...

 

DOT lays out road, sidewalk upgrades

State transportation officials laid out plans for improvements to roads and sidewalks along main corridors used by cruise ship passengers at a...

 

Thomas: Put strings on center funds

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, this week said he would request $600,000 in legislative funding for the Chilkat Center, if the borough gives up the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 8, 2011

In bumper year, fleet frets about wild runs' fate

Gillnet fishermen in Lynn Canal harvested salmon worth $9.38 million in 2011, with nearly 80 percent of the catch value coming from hatchery-raised...

 

Duly Noted

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, attended the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage last week, where he was honored with the Seawolves Service Award...

 

Fish study an 'uphill battle'

The Haines Borough would spend up to $15,000 on a Lynn Canal Gillnetters Association study aimed at improving sockeye escapement to Chilkat and Chilko...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 17, 2011

Thomas seeks exception to sign prohibition

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines is seeking a means for downtown businesses to keep signs in place in the face of state regulations that say they...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 10, 2011

Upper highway roads next in line for makeover

The Haines Borough is planning for about $750,000 in improvements to upper highway roads, public facilities director Brian Lemcke said this week....

 

Klukwan benefit raises about $9K for heritage hall

About 100 people attended Saturday’s benefit dinner and auction for the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center in Klukwan. "We found documents that...

 

Former postal clerk Jacquot enjoyed arts

Friends and family said goodbye to lifelong resident, former postal clerk and Tlingit weaver Edith Jacquot, 78, Saturday with a funeral at the Sacred...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 15, 2011

APOC fines Thomas; Legislator to pay $4,060 for ads

The Alaska Public Offices Commission on Wednesday approved a settlement with state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, for violations of election laws...

 

Duly Noted

Julia Rose Fitzgerald was born Aug. 29 in Anchorage to former Haines residents Niki and Dan Fitzgerald. Julia weighed 7 lbs., 12 ozs., and measured 21...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 8, 2011

Gillnetters say management off

Lynn Canal gillnetters say they want change in management of the local fishery, which they say weighs disproportionately on their gear group for...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 11, 2011

Southeast Fair announces competition winners

Most Lovable Dog Winners Puppies:Jake Frecklebelly (owned by Holden Fontenot); Marley (owned by Riley Ahmuty); Tuk (owned by Christing Martin)Adult...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 30, 2011

Haines, Klukwan spared in vetoes; Road work, heritage center get go-ahead

Haines and Klukwan capital projects survived Gov. Sean Parnell’s veto pen on Wednesday, netting the area nearly $9 million in funds. Projects...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 16, 2011

Redistricting plan finalized

A state panel on Monday approved new boundaries for Alaska’s 40 House and 20 Senate districts. Under the plan Haines would no longer be matched...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 16, 2011

APOC renews investigation into Thomas ads

With the Alaska Legislative session over for the year, the Alaska Public Offices Commission has renewed its investigation involving a complaint...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 9, 2011

Thomas backs Parnell's tax plan

In a recent interview, state Rep. Bill Thomas explained his support for Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to roll back taxes on companies that explore fo...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    May 26, 2011

Jobs would come with Haines railroad

For over a year I have been working on the idea of building an extension to the Alaska Railroad from Haines to Delta Junction. I started with Denali...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 19, 2011

Capital bill holds $9 million for town; Parnell yet to wield veto pen

The Alaska Legislature has approved about $8.5 million in capital projects spending in the Haines Borough, including $4.5 million for rehabilitation...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 24, 2011

Thomas, Kookesh undecided on tax break for oil industry

Haines’ two state legislators staked out opposite views on a proposed school funding bill, but each said they were undecided on a proposal by Go...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 10, 2011

Don Young to give talk

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, will address the Haines Chamber of Commerce during a special meeting set for noon Friday, March 25 at the American...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 23, 2011

Piers sought at Chilkoot

The state Division of Parks is pushing ahead with a request for bear-viewing platforms along the Chilkoot River, regional superintendent Mike...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 17, 2011

Thomas' APOC issues iced until session ends

The Alaska Public Offices Commission last month filed a complaint against state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, for improperly transferring campaign...

 

Borough accelerates port work for potential bond

In preparation for "an emerging opportunity" to secure Lutak Dock funding, Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has requested to speed up the...

 

Point acquisition hits questions, criticism

Real estate agent Jim Studley said Picture Point owner Roger Beasley is interested in working with the Haines Borough to acquire two scenic pullouts...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    January 6, 2011

Chilkoot corridor work postponed

A planned meeting to discuss designating a portion of the Chilkoot Lake watershed a state recreation site or state recreation area has been postponed...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 6, 2011

Thomas: Projects money may drop; Slimmer governorbs budget, cruise tax cuts the cause

Loss of cruise ship head tax revenues and a leaner proposed spending plan by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell will likely equate to a drop in state spending...

 

Assembly ranks project priorities, delays heli-ski permit

The Haines Borough Assembly Dec. 14 approved resolutions that ranked 2011 federal and state legislative priorities. The capital budget priorities for...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    December 9, 2010

APOC rejects staff advice on ads

The Alaska Public Offices Commission last week rejected a staff recommendation to dismiss the bulk of allegations against the Bill Thomas campaign...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 9, 2010

Parks to pursue authority for Chilkoot River Road

The state’s Division of Parks will seek authority on the Chilkoot River Road, investigate bear-viewing platforms or elevated walkways, and...

 

Thomas gives update

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, at a Nov. 29 Haines Chamber of Commerce lunch discussed the impact of Southeast population declines and his new...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 25, 2010

Harbormaster seeks tighter management; Cites issues with slip list, behavior

Haines Borough harbormaster Ed Barrett is proposing a raft of changes to harbor management, including a comprehensive schedule of fees and a policy...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 25, 2010

Rep. Thomas case goes to APOC; Agency staff recommends $50 fine for 2 ads

The Alaska Public Offices Commission heard testimony Friday involving a complaint against five Haines individuals for a series of 17 ads featuring...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 18, 2010

Rep. Thomas plans meeting on Chilkoot

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, has scheduled a Friday, Dec. 3 meeting to discuss possible management changes along the Chilkoot River, including ne...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 18, 2010

Thomas to co-chair Finance

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, has been elevated to co-chair of the House Finance Committee for the 27th Alaska Legislature. Thomas will...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 4, 2010

Voters lean left and right

The Chilkat Valley mostly followed statewide trends in Tuesday’s general election, although Haines townsite voters tilted more Democratic and...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 28, 2010

State election Tuesday

Voters will cast ballots in Alaska’s general election Tuesday. Poll hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Bald Eagle Foundation, Klehini Va...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 28, 2010

Beedle, Thomas square off for District 5 House seat

Republican state Rep. Bill Thomas and his Democratic challenger Robert Beedle sounded similar themes but differed on specifics during recent...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    October 28, 2010

Thomas' ads were deceitful

The paid political ads of Rep. Bill Thomas are deceitful and an insult to the voters of Haines. While the political ad campaign pretends to be a...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    October 28, 2010

Beedle is deserving of support

Robert Beedle, a lifelong Alaskan and current member of the  Cordova City Council, visited  Haines to speak with folks about his campaign...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 28, 2010

Thomas responds to APOC complaint

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, this week gave his account of the history of an advertising campaign the state’s public offices commission is...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 21, 2010

APOC complaint targets Thomas ads; Activist says reporting wasn't done

The Alaska Public Offices Commission is investigating a complaint by an Anchorage activist that an advertising campaign on behalf of state Rep. Bill T...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    October 14, 2010

Family appreciates lawmaker's kindness

As avid readers of the CVN, both in paper form and on-line, we noticed a series of ads being run that thank Rep. Bill Thomas for his hard work and job...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 16, 2010

Coast Guard, DEC probe Lutak oil spill

U.S. Coast Guard officials came to Haines Tuesday to investigate an oily discharge that persisted for three days near the Lutak Dock. Described as a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 16, 2010

Watershed group highlights Big Boulder, culvert projects

Log and rock structures placed in a channel dug last year are aimed at increasing king salmon spawning capacity in Big Boulder Creek. Since 1995,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 26, 2010

'Bear jams' and crowd control at issue

Volunteers and some residents who live near Chilkoot River are calling on law enforcement officials to start ticketing bear-viewers and motorists who...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    August 26, 2010

DOT needs to fix Front Street curve

The state Department of Transportation just recently completed working on the highway coming from the ferry and the adjacent road leading...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    August 26, 2010

Ships profit while Alaska goes wanting

Jason Gaffney applauded Gov. Parnell recently for instigating a reduction in statewide cruise taxes. State Rep. Bill Thomas and I opposed the bill,...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 19, 2010

Primary election, local filing deadline on Tuesday

Haines voters going the polls Tuesday will help choose their parties’ candidates in the November general election, and decide initiatives...

 

Logger-turned-fisherman 'always came home with a boat'

Former resident Jim Wheelock died Aug. 1 at Sacred Heart River Bend Hospital in Eugene, Ore. He was 82. His son Ted said he survived two bouts of...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 29, 2010

Meet candidates at fair

Haines voters will get to meet candidates running for office at this year’s fair, with local Republican and Democrat chapters hosting tables....

 
 By Matt Hawthorne    News    July 15, 2010

Thomas, Beedle will face off for House District 5 seat

Incumbent state Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, will seek a fourth term as state representative from House District 5. In the November statewide...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 15, 2010

Borough lands get 3,000-acre addition

The Haines Borough has gained more than 3,000 acres in a land grant from the state. Signed into law in late June by Gov. Sean Parnell, the bill...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 8, 2010

Murkowski makes campaign stop

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski visited three Haines locations during a four-hour stop Friday. Murkowski, a Republican, is campaigning for re-election to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 17, 2010

Tour staff lobbied against hall money Said head tax funds inappropriate use

Records provided by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell’s office this week show Haines Borough tourism director Lori Stepansky and assistant Angie...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 10, 2010

Veto ax kills fair funds, dock sale Residents opposed funding source for requests

 Some residents opposed $2 million in state funding for Klukwan’s purchase of the Chilkat Cruises dock and vessel and $277,000 for...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    June 3, 2010

Thanks for help with poppy program

On behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary, I would like to thank the following businesses for supporting our poppy program: IGA, Haislers, Bell`s...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    May 27, 2010

Borough turning paved roads into gravel

It appears that the Haines Borough’s idea of downtown beautification is to turn paved roads into gravel roads. By re-designating funds that...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 20, 2010

Former mayor gives away the farm

Former Haines Borough mayor Bob Henderson will donate his 14-acre farm to the American Bald Eagle Foundation for use rehabilitating eagles. The proper...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 20, 2010

Downtown paving job waits until at least 2011

If you spill your coffee driving down Third Avenue, you might consider a bib. Resurfacing of downtown streets – recently a high priority for...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    May 13, 2010

Public not served in PC Dock decision

It’s been suggested that the PC dock controversy is a tempest in a teapot. Well, maybe – but there’s another picture. Haines is...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 13, 2010

Kookesh, Thomas to release eagle Friday

Staff and guests of the American Bald Eagle Foundation on Friday will release a rehabilitated eagle from captivity at the slide area at 19 Mile...