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 By John M. Glionna    News    December 1, 2016 

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...

 

Fort Seward's new art piece aims to slow sands of time

One of Haines’ newest public art pieces is an interactive work that combines glass, steel, stone and even the contemplative sands of time. The...

 

Visitors arrive for 22nd bald eagle festival

The Valley of the Eagles will live up to its name this month as more than 2,000 of our national birds congregate on the Chilkat River. The 22nd...

 
 By John Stang    News    October 27, 2016

Chamber adopts new bylaws

Twenty-three to 24 people will be needed to hold a Haines Chamber of Commerce meeting, compared to a recently dropped 14-person threshold. The...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    October 20, 2016

Planners uphold decision on harbor

The Haines Borough Planning Commission last week upheld a land use permit for the harbor expansion, but one appellant said he’ll appeal that decisio...

 
 By John Stang    News    October 6, 2016

Aesthetics committee revived for uplands

Haines’ long-dormant waterfront aesthetics committee will take its first crack to brainstorm how the Haines Borough should upgrade the uplands...

 
 By John Stang    News    September 15, 2016

Planning Commission dips toe into harbor issue

The bid deadline for the first phase of expanding the small boat harbor has been extended from Sept. 21 to Oct 19. Haines borough manager Bill Seward...

 
 By Peter DAuria    News    September 8, 2016

Magistrate in office one week per month

A full-time, on-site Haines magistrate is the latest casualty in a long series of public service cuts brought on by Alaska's budget crisis. Following...

 

Harbor meeting discussed bidding process, trail, parking

Haines Borough Public Facilities Director Brad Ryan updated about 35 people on the harbor expansion project at a town hall meeting Aug. 25. He said...

 

State forestry management questioned

Your article “Industry makes case for forestry office” ignored the community appeal to manage the Haines State Forest in accordance with...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    August 25, 2016

Borough offers forestry office, car

Haines Borough Manager Bill Seward this week offered office “space, utilities and transportation” for five years to the state’s Division of...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 18, 2016

Last stand for forestry office set

Alaska’s top Division of Forestry officials are coming to town next week to discuss with residents and Haines Borough officials the future of the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 18, 2016

Harbor project likely to seek deadline extension

The Haines Borough is advancing its Small Boat Harbor expansion project, but public facilities director Brad Ryan said the municipality will likely ne...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 11, 2016

For sale: Town's businesses in flux

When Scott Haston, a 1980 Haines High School graduate, returned to town this May after 35 years away, his first reaction was, “Everywhere you look,...

 

Schnabel: Harbor views are my own

In your article describing opposition to the harbor project (8/4/16), I was identified as the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. In that...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 4, 2016

Harbor project opposition unwavering as bid nears

A June meeting called to address harbor project aesthetics was dominated by citizen concerns about the size of a planned parking lot and a project...

 

Duly Noted

Former resident Jessie Babette Miller of San Francisco said she was so surprised to win the Southeast Alaska State Fair’s drawing for a Toyota...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 28, 2016

Few turn out for assembly training day

A new program aimed at training residents contemplating a run for Haines Borough Assembly drew little interest this week, with three members of the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 21, 2016

Permit sale rekindles talk of waste

Sale of a waste-handling business has resurrected discussion of consolidating service in Haines. Acme Transfer owner Paul Nelson has agreed to sell...

 
 By Peter D Auria    News    July 7, 2016

Crosswalks not only issue on Main Street

An order to cover up artfully painted crosswalks on Main Street is only the most recent wrinkle in a prickly relationship between the Alaska...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 7, 2016

Borough OKs $10K for ferry plan

The Haines Borough Assembly last week unanimously agreed to contribute $10,000 to a joint effort between the state and a regional economic...

 

New organizers needed for race

We wish to convey our thanks to the many people who over the last approximately 35 years have helped us with the July 4th Mount Ripinsky Race. The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 16, 2016

Assembly approves budget

A day before a charter-mandated deadline, the Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday adopted its $12.3 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year on a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 9, 2016

Bike relay gear: For some teams, it's glitter

While some cyclists are stocking up on protein bars and extra water bottles for the upcoming 24th Annual Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay, the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 19, 2016

Assembly chooses Coast Guardsman as manager

The Haines Borough Assembly bucked the staff’s choice for manager on Saturday, voting 4-2 to offer the job to Coast Guard veteran William Seward...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 12, 2016

Meet police chief, manager candidates

It’s a big weekend for the Haines Borough, with candidates for two of the municipality’s top jobs coming to town for closed-door interviews with a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 5, 2016

Cleanup season reveals pockets of dumped garbage

The spring cleanup season this year coincided with discoveries of dumped trash and trashed areas. A retired teacher with a heart condition hauled...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 5, 2016

Chamber study quantifies nonprofit contributions

The financial impact of local nonprofits has come to the fore of political discussions in recent years, as state and federal funds dwindle and the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 28, 2016

Chamber pushes council model for economy

The Haines Chamber of Commerce is continuing to push its goal of establishing a local economic development council, though it still needs to convince...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 21, 2016

Operation Clean Sweep targets roadside debris

Any day is a good day to pick up litter, but residents participating in the Chamber of Commerce’s Operation Clean Sweep can qualify for “dump doll...

 

Erma Schnabel remembered as caring, hard-working

A memorial service for Erma Schnabel will be held May 15. Schnabel died April 8 at Mercy Retirement...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 7, 2016

Assembly OKs property tax exemptions

When the Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village applied for a property tax exemption for the second floor of its downtown building in 2014, the Haines Boroug...

 
 By Heather Lende    News    March 24, 2016

John Schnabel dies at 96

NOTE TO NON-SUBSCRIBERS: THIS WEEK'S NEWSPAPER, INCLUDING THE JOHN SCHNABEL OBITUARY, AVAILABLE FOR...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 17, 2016

Interest in pot shop apparently low

Entrepreneurs in communities as far-flung as Sand Point and Coffman Cove are champing at the bit to get a marijuana business license from the State...

 

Editorial

Judging by recent public comments, community discussion of nonprofits has somewhat devolved into arguments about whether such organizations are good...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 25, 2016

A range of ideas for economy

Encouraging commercial agriculture, adding special events, and developing the port were among economic development opportunities touted at a public...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 18, 2016

Study: 51 ferry workers claim Haines residence

A ferry system study by the McDowell Group on the economic benefits of the Alaska Marine Highway System also found that 51 ferry system employees...

 

Duly Noted

The 2016 Dick Hotch Memorial Basketball Tournament is set for March 3-6. Tournament organizer Stuart DeWitt said this week he has eight teams...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 11, 2016

A detour for the borough's motor vehicle tax

After being tasked with looking at the biennial $22 motor vehicle registration tax, the Haines Borough Government Affairs and Services Committee is...

 

Public should discuss Lookout Park

You reported that Lucy Harrell gave $5,000 to the Haines Borough for “moving Lookout Park.” I asked Lucy Harrell what her intentions were in...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 21, 2016

Assembly weighs ways to grow economy

The Haines Borough Assembly is returning to the idea of establishing a property tax waiver program to spur local economic development. The assembly...

 

Chamber partners on town business project

The Haines Chamber of Commerce has secured an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to help identify obstacles to local businesses and potential strategies for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 14, 2016

Chamber voting in question

Should Haines Chamber of Commerce members that are nonprofit organizations get to participate in votes taken by the group? Under the organization’s...

 

Duly Noted

Alixanne Goodman and Shaun Cornish married Dec. 30 at a ceremony in Villa Polinesia, Mexico. Parents Greg and Carole Goodman of Haines attended,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 10, 2015

Ryan among 7 manager hopefuls

Haines Borough public facilities director Brad Ryan is among seven candidates who submitted applications for the interim manager position by the Dec....

 

Trust a local candidate for manager

We are reminded constantly this time of year to shop locally. The Haines Borough Assembly should do the same. We have two talented, local candidates...

 

Duly Noted

Former Haines resident Nori Nash is publishing her first historical romance novel, “How the Duke Was Won.” The novel will be released by...

 

Chamber officials review past year

Expanding tourism by attracting large and small cruise ships could soften the blow to the community from reduced state spending resulting from...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 22, 2015

Borough will fight planned ferry cuts

Haines Borough officials are organizing a community response to a planned reduction in ferry service that tourism director Leslie Ross describes as...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 22, 2015

King's Store to close 5 months

By Tom Morphet King’s Store will close for five months starting Oct. 31, and a winter closure may become permanent, owner Bev Jones said this week....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 22, 2015

Borough explores economic development options

The Haines Borough Assembly’s commerce committee on Wednesday endorsed exploring a shift that would put its economic development efforts under a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 8, 2015

Borough officials pitch to cruise companies

Representatives from the Haines Borough and its tourism industry say they are confident their pitch of reduced docking fees influenced cruise line...

 

Duly Noted

Helen Tengs celebrated her 89th birthday this week. She spent Sunday having brunch with daughter Christy Tengs Fowler and niece Wendy Bergstrand....

 

Off Broadway event wowed audience

On behalf of the Foundation for the Chilkat Center for the Arts, I would like to thank all the performers who made the Off Off Off Broadway show so...

 

Chamber, borough discuss development job

The Haines Borough Assembly and Haines Chamber of Commerce are putting their heads together to discuss the municipality’s community and economic...

 

Planners sign off on harbor expansion plan

The location of Lookout Park and the size of the parking lot again dominated committee and commission discussions of the Small Boat Harbor expansion...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 17, 2015

Minor offense ordinance on Tuesday's agenda

Members of a citizens group opposing a minor offense ordinance have developed a battery of arguments against its passage, including that it would...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    September 3, 2015

Interim police chief winning supporters

The Haines Borough Public Safety Commission met Wednesday to hear what the community wants of its next police chief, and apparently it’s interim...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    September 3, 2015

Planners to review harbor design

The Haines Borough Planning Commission has already received a handful of written comments regarding its discussion next week of the 95-percent design...

 

Duly Noted

Sue Libenson this week attended the State Department-sponsored Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 20, 2015

Sales of lots, houses on the rise, agents say

A tight year-round rental market and technological barriers preventing some would-be residents from moving here are two recent trends in the local...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 13, 2015

Only 2 assembly candidates; filing deadline Thursday

A familiar face and a familiar voice will vie for seats on the Haines Borough Assembly this October, but if no one else files for candidacy soon, it...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 13, 2015

Harbor expansion critics: Aesthetics study not enough

A Monday meeting of the Waterfront Aesthetics Committee once again veered toward more fundamental aspects of the Small Boat Harbor expansion project,...

 

Sundberg renews push for heliport

Helicopter ski tour operator Scott Sundberg has resumed his eight-year campaign to establish a heli-port near a residential subdivision at 26 Mile...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 30, 2015

Borough office trailer for sale

In need of a used office trailer? Contact the Haines Borough. The borough is selling the mobile office trailer that took up residence behind the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 23, 2015

Garbage violations unearth bigger concerns

The Haines Borough Assembly last week took a mid-meeting field trip to a west side trailer park in an attempt to settle a dispute between borough staf...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 16, 2015

Future unsure for borough's economic job

Haines Borough Manager David Sosa is remaining tight-lipped on the future of the municipality’s community and economic development director...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 16, 2015

Officials review harbor option history

Concerns about the Small Boat Harbor project this week prompted Haines Borough staff to look into how the current design was chosen. Manager David...

 

Chamber won't push borough to cover loss from water

The Haines Chamber of Commerce has rescinded its request that the Haines Borough waive June’s water and sewer fees for local businesses affected by...

 

Mayor creates new harbor group

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill created a joint committee this week charged with “monitoring” the aesthetic design of the waterfront and Small Boat...

 

Thanks for questions on harbor

I’m writing to thank Karen Garcia for her excellent reporting on the planned harbor expansion. I also thank Joe Parnell, Debra Schnabel, Anne Boyce...

 

Residents revel; sun caps 4th festivities

“The Slayers,” a team of teenagers, upended perennial champion Kevin Shove’s squad in the Mad Raft Race and Chandler Kemp cruised to victory in...

 

Haines 4th of July Festivities

Oh, say can you see: Fireworks are back The rockets’ red glare returns this year with a fireworks display that will be shot off Port Chilkoot Dock s...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 25, 2015

Progress, setbacks for downtown effort

A little more than a year after a series of Chilkat Valley News articles put a spotlight on downtown decay, two shuttered buildings have re-opened, a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 18, 2015

Residents testify for saving Port Chilkoot waterfront

The aesthetics of the Haines Borough’s harbor expansion and other development projects along the town’s waterfront have residents wondering about...

 

Free news difficult to compete against

I disagree with Thad Hopper‘s opinion that the issue of KHNS “providing written word stories to their listeners” is a personal/professional prob...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 5, 2015

Economic director quits, cites conflict

Haines Borough Manager David Sosa issued a statement Wednesday that community and economic development director Bill Mandeville had resigned, but...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 5, 2015

Sosa: Outreach via Facebook, 'bimbling'

If you see Haines Borough Manager David Sosa wandering the streets of town, feel free to approach him and tell him what’s on your mind. Sosa said at...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 21, 2015

Exotic ales, morsels on tap for 23rd beer festival

From horchata rice beer and wild mushroom cinnamon rolls to tug of war battles and bingo games, this weekend’s 23rd Annual Great Alaska Craft Beer a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 21, 2015

Testimony supports waiving cruise ship fees

Haines Borough staff and local tour operators turned out this week at an assembly Commerce Committee meeting to lobby for a proposed program that woul...

 
 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    May 14, 2015

Duly Noted

Lucy Madeline Bell was born to parents Sarah and Shawn Bell at 12:53 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. Lucy weighed...

 
 News    May 7, 2015

Sign law enforcement has shopkeepers seeing red

A recent decision by Haines Borough staff to begin enforcing a controversial sign law has already inflamed a Fort Seward business owner and prompted...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 23, 2015

Borough to enforce sign law

“This is one ordinance that I would very much like to see resolved, once and for all.” – Mark Earnest, on proposed changes to the Haines...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 23, 2015

Town 'Clean Sweep' hits streets on Monday

“Operation: Clean Sweep,” the town’s annual roadside cleanup effort, starts Monday and runs through May 9, with targeted cleanup efforts May...

 

Forum on marijuana will be held April 23

It won’t be held on 4/20, but the Chamber of Commerce is organizing a community forum next week that will focus on the economic and legal aspects...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 9, 2015

Chamber questions scope, cost of harbor expansion

The Haines Chamber of Commerce says that a financial plan for improvements to the Small Boat Harbor should be in place before construction starts....

 

Duly Noted

A fundraiser party was held Saturday for Scott Carey and Heidi Robichaud, who lost their storage and shop building to a fire on March 21. About 80...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 2, 2015

Town loses insurance company

Haines is losing its only insurance company. Owner Ned Rozbicki left town this week to transfer account files from Mojave West Insurance Services to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 2, 2015

Mining experts to speak in valley

Four speakers with mining-related expertise will visit Haines and Klukwan next week for presentations and panel discussions on mining in Alaska. The...

 
 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 19, 2015

Chamber seeks $3 million grant

The Haines Chamber of Commerce last week submitted a grant application that, if awarded, could inject up to $3 million in the local economy. Chamber...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 12, 2015

Chamber members support talk of pot

The Haines Chamber of Commerce released results of its marijuana survey this week, with 82 percent of respondents agreeing the chamber should be a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Town rolls out welcome mat for skiers

Up to 100 skiers, snowboarders, media representatives, sponsors and event organizers arrive in Haines next week for the Freeride World Tour, and the...

 

Duly Noted

John and Kristen Wiggins were married before about 25 people on the waterfront near Letnikof Cove on Feb. 28. Steve Virg-In officiated. About 50...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 26, 2015

Noise, cop studies get assembly's OK

The Haines Borough Assembly approved a major spending package Tuesday, including $41,300 to study helicopter noise, $22,000 to study the police...

 

Pot comments do not represent Chamber

The CVN article “Chamber talks pot economics” is very misleading and contrary to the Haines Chamber of Commerce board decision. At the Feb. 6...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 12, 2015

Chamber talks pot economics

As a draft marijuana bill works its way through the Alaska Legislature, the Haines Borough and Chamber of Commerce are trying to hash out how...

 

Duly Noted

Haines had a chance to roll out the welcome mat an extra day for junior high basketball players here from Juneau for the Triple Threat Tournament,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 5, 2015

Committee: Pare down dock spending

The Haines Borough’s Lutak Dock Working Group is recommending manager David Sosa’s discretionary budget for the dock planning project be cut from...

 

Volunteers give dance studio a facelift

Big thanks are due to the Foundation for the Chilkat Center for the Arts member Kerry Cohen and crew for recent volunteer work at the dance studio at...

 

Fuel distributor chairs dock group

Haines Borough Manager David Sosa has appointed Fred Gray as the chair of the Lutak Dock “core group,” an advisory group tasked with guiding what...

 

Chamber reorganizes; hires Schnabel

The Haines Chamber of Commerce is reorganizing its office functions. Barbara Mulford, president of the business group, said property manager and...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 11, 2014

Lutak Dock repair quote may drop from $33 million

An early estimate of $33 million for replacement of the Lutak Dock might be shaved down considerably with further work by PND Engineers. Dick...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 4, 2014

Interviews start for ecnomic development job

A four-person hiring committee interviewed candidates this week for the Haines Borough’s community and economic development director position. The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 20, 2014

Sosa drops policy on disclosing employees' histories

Haines Borough Manager David Sosa will not pursue a proposed policy aimed at discouraging the borough from entering into nondisclosure agreements...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 13, 2014

Candidate volunteers for top job

A Haines retiree has volunteered to perform the duties of a community and economic development director for free. Joe Poor, a former state and tribal...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 30, 2014

Assembly holds ground on vet village tax exemption vote

Despite appeals from audience members and the Haines Assisted Living community manager, Haines Borough Assembly members declined to reconsider votes...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 30, 2014

Charter rule blocks Schnabel from job

Former Haines Borough Assembly member Debra Schnabel applied for the municipality’s community and economic development director position this week,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 23, 2014

Foes dominate Juneau Road hearing

Opponents of the East Side Lynn Canal Highway, also known as the Juneau Road, outnumbered the project’s advocates five to one at last week’s...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 16, 2014

Chief Musser responds to information concerns

Haines Borough Police Chief Bill Musser explained some of his policies on release of information at last week’s Public Safety Commission meeting...

 

Duly Noted

Phyllis Sage and Joanne Waterman were married on the Port Chilkoot Dock Tuesday afternoon. Magistrate John Hutchins officiated. John Hagen and...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 2, 2014

Ballot questions on school upgrades, 40 percent

Four ballot questions will be considered by voters Tuesday, the first involving an election policy and the subsequent three on whether to bond for...

 

Home rifle range owner wins appeal

The Haines Borough Assembly decided Tuesday a Beach Road man can keep the personal shooting range he’s maintained at his residence for 28 years.  ...

 

Townsite ATV park heads to committee

Haines Borough Assembly member George Campbell’s dream of creating a motorized recreation area near town is still alive, and now is going to the...

 

Planners approve 3 helipads at 10 Mile

The Haines Borough Planning Commission last week approved a conditional use permit for the installation of three helipads at 10 Mile Haines Highway,...

 

Assembly OKs Culbeck for new job

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday accepted the manager’s recommendation to hire Darsie Culbeck as the new community and economic development direc...

 

Sourdough Slim show was a hit

Oh, what a time we had!  The Foundation for the Chilkat Center fundraiser, featuring Sourdough Slim, was a huge success! It could not have been...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    September 4, 2014

Report honestly on ex-employees?

Haines Borough Assembly member Debra Schnabel last week submitted for the assembly’s consideration a policy statement that would discourage the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    September 4, 2014

Proposal would change waste management

The Haines Borough is looking at getting into the waste management business. Assembly member Debra Schnabel recently submitted a draft solid waste man...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    September 4, 2014

Voters to decide '40-percent rule' to elect

Residents will vote on four ballot measures this fall, including whether to remove a section of the Haines Borough Charter that mandates election...

 

Thanks for effort that created mural

Last year, Debra Schnabel of Lynn Canal Corporation approached the Haines Borough School District with a wonderful idea for creating a colorful...

 

Correction

Last week’s CVN reported Debra Schnabel donated $5,000 for a new mural at the Haines School. The money came from the Schnabel family’s Lynn Canal...

 

Assembly rolls for corporate interest

It’s not unusual for the Haines Borough Assembly to balk when outside “big government” folks try to tell our community what to do. But...

 

Assembly's action not myopic

In response to candidate Mario Benassi’s representation of the assembly as myopic, I looked it up on Dictionary.com: 1. unable or unwilling to act...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 21, 2014

Five candidates seek 2 seats on assembly

As of Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline, five candidates had filed for two open seats on the Haines Borough Assembly. Residents Jerry Erny, Ron Jackson,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 21, 2014

Pool, locker rooms removed from bonding effort

Voters likely won’t get to decide this year whether they want to bond for $784,000 in repairs to the Haines High School locker rooms. The Haines...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 14, 2014

Assembly flip-flops on tour moratorium

A moratorium on Chilkoot River corridor tour permits ended Tuesday after the Haines Borough Assembly reversed its July 29 decision and issued a canoe...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 14, 2014

Watershed council won't review mine

The Takshanuk Watershed Council apparently won’t facilitate stakeholder meetings and community forums on the potential development of a mine near 40...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 7, 2014

School OKs system for tracking visitors

On a 4-3 vote, the Haines Borough School Board on Tuesday approved a new, electronic security program for tracking visitors to the Haines School,...

 

Litter, snow removal concerns for downtown group

Getting a handle on litter and snow shoveling downtown dominated discussion at Monday’s meeting of the Haines Borough Downtown Revitalization...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 31, 2014

Pot or not: Borough takes up dope vote

Should the Haines Borough weigh in on a statewide initiative that, if passed, would legalize the recreational use and commercial sale of marijuana in...

 
 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...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 17, 2014

Assembly to hear brewery deal

Haines Borough manager David Sosa and the Haines Brewing Company have reached a deal for purchase of 20,000 square feet of borough land on Main Street...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 10, 2014

Packets available for office seekers

Haines Borough residents interested in running for mayor or assembly can now pick up candidate filing applications at the borough administration offic...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 10, 2014

Deals with rogue cops questioned

Assembly member Debra Schnabel is questioning Haines Borough agreements with a former police chief and sergeant, who resigned in exchange for the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 10, 2014

Shops cry foul over sign enforcement

Portage Street business owners are squaring off with the Haines Borough over recent enforcement of signage rules on Fort Seward’s primary business r...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 26, 2014

Assembly OKs idea of selling land to brewery

The Haines Brewing Company has cleared another hurdle toward securing 20,000 square feet of borough-owned Main Street property. The Haines Borough...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 26, 2014

Assembly 'very pleased' with new manager Sosa

The Haines Borough Assembly recently reviewed manager David Sosa’s first 60 days on the job, but failed to give any details on the assessment. The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 19, 2014

Discussion of trailer includes removal plan

Discussion about the Haines Borough’s decision to buy a trailer and site it behind municipal offices isn’t over. Questions raised last week...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 19, 2014

Chilkat Lake Road rezone petition found to be flawed

Discussion of a possible rezone of 72 acres of property near .6 Mile Chilkat Lake Road ended abruptly last week when the rezone petitioner stormed...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 19, 2014

Applicants sought for economic position

Haines Borough staff posted the advertisement for the newly-created community and economic development director position on the borough website Tuesda...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 12, 2014

Glass ordered off Skyline lot

After more than a year of neighborhood friction, the Haines Borough Assembly has stepped in to force local business owner Paul Nelson to remove...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 12, 2014

School-library trail planned

Haines Borough School Board members and borough officials envision maintaining a winter walking trail between the Haines School and public library, in...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 12, 2014

Mine study may include tribes

The Haines Borough Assembly is moving forward with plans to conduct stakeholder meetings and community forums on the potential development of the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 5, 2014

Assembly to decide on $20K mining program

The Haines Borough Assembly will consider Tuesday whether to fund a $20,000 proposal by Takshanuk Watershed Council for facilitation of stakeholder...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 5, 2014

Board OKs school budget; $45K in 'stipends'

The Haines Borough School Board unanimously approved a $5.13 million budget for the coming year and one-time “stipends” of $1,000 to full-time...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 5, 2014

Assembly passes FY15 budget

The Haines Borough Assembly last week passed its $12 million budget for the upcoming year on a 4-2 vote, with assembly members Debra Schnabel and...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 5, 2014

Ski club seeking money for track machine

The Haines Ski and Hike Club is looking to the Haines Borough for help in expanding its winter track-setting operations.   Club members approached...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 22, 2014

Assembly to consider new, high-ranking job Tuesday

Haines Borough Manager David Sosa said this week that if the proposed community and economic development director position is not approved by the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 15, 2014

Assembly endorses new office in trailer

The Haines Borough is looking to buy a 450-square-foot trailer to use as extra office space despite having an empty desk at the administration buildin...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 15, 2014

Assembly gives $8K for sled hill

With the future of a favorite winter recreation site in jeopardy, the Haines Borough Assembly stepped in Tuesday to ensure the sledding hill on Mount...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 15, 2014

Planners want consideration

Several members of the Haines Borough Planning Commission asked for more support from the assembly during a joint meeting of the two bodies last...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 15, 2014

AP&T customers: Don't penalize us for conserving

Dozens of Alaska Power Company customers testified at a recent Regulatory Commission of Alaska hearing in Haines, railing against the company’s...

 

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

Strong leadership key to revitalization efforts

In 2007, the downtown of Greenville, Kentucky, population 4,200, looked a lot like Haines’ Main Street does today. According to Brett Schwartz, a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 1, 2014

Assembly starts digging into next year's budget

At its first budget discussion Tuesday, Haines Borough Assembly members and officials made suggestions including revisiting the possibility of...

 

Duly Noted

A group of elementary students slept at Haines School for a “peep-over” Friday, when the library’s chicken eggs were expected to hatch. Organize...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 24, 2014

Borough to solicit bids for helicopter noise study

At the direction of the Haines Borough Assembly, manager David Sosa will begin soliciting bids for noise studies estimated to cost between $6,000 and...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 17, 2014

Assembly: No to mayor's road letter

The Haines Borough Assembly April 8 rejected mayor Stephanie Scott’s request to send an opinion piece to the Juneau Empire criticizing funding of...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 10, 2014

Assembly balks at privately-funded sauna plan

The Haines Borough Assembly voted in January to deny a request for a publicly-funded community sauna, and Tuesday it also voted to deny a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 10, 2014

Assembly OKs 2 river tour permits

On 5-1 votes, the Haines Borough Assembly approved a new tour permit for Haines Rafting Co. and expanded tours for Rainbow Glacier Adventures at its...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 3, 2014

Train line price tag in billions

A group of Haines and Whitehorse residents are confident building a railroad from Carmacks, Y.T., to Haines is possible – so much so that they...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 3, 2014

Assembly looks to up investment in stocks

Should the Haines Borough invest more of its $8 million permanent fund in the stock market? The borough assembly’s finance committee agreed March...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 3, 2014

Assembly: No harbor dump trailer

The Haines Borough Assembly last week rejected purchase of a $12,500 dump trailer for the Small Boat Harbor, despite appropriating funding for the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 3, 2014

Budget hearings set

Residents interested in how the Haines Borough spends its money can attend upcoming budget meetings, including an introductory presentation by chief...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 27, 2014

Breakwater, dredging costs raise questions

Concerns about meeting the cost – including future maintenance – of a harbor expansion surfaced at the March 12 Haines Borough Assembly meeting,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 27, 2014

Assembly upholds heli-ski decision

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday upheld its original decision to keep the 2,200-acre zone near Four Winds Mountain closed to heli-skiing after...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 27, 2014

Survey: Landfill important to residents

Preliminary results of a survey intended to gauge community behaviors and attitudes toward garbage, recycling and composting seem to indicate many...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 13, 2014

Assembly OKs 26 Mile heliport

A Haines Borough Assembly meeting that lasted nearly nine hours this week after it was continued to a second night resulted in a split decision for...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 13, 2014

A crosswalk on Third Avenue?

The Third Avenue improvements project is fully designed and ready to go to bid, but questions linger about the design’s safety and the Haines...

 
 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...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 27, 2014

Summit to provide business outlook

More than 50 speakers representing 19 segments of the Haines economy are slated to present at the Haines Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 20, 2014

Permanent Fund interest unspent

For years, the Haines Borough has not used the full share of the interest it’s authorized to spend annually from the borough’s $8 million...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 20, 2014

Assembly retracts mining letter

The Haines Borough Assembly last week voted to send a retraction letter to a state agency after discovering a previous letter had been sent without...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 13, 2014

Musser hired as chief; to earn $75K

Following the breakdown of negotiations with former police chief candidate Richard Crays, Haines Borough interim manager Julie Cozzi Tuesday...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 13, 2014

Crays: For $80K, I wouldn't have applied

Haines Borough interim manager Julie Cozzi said this week that staff was not out of place in providing former police chief candidate Richard Crays a...

 

Showcase set Sunday

Homegrown talent will shine onstage during the annual Northern Light Showcase, 7 p.m. Sunday in the Chilkat Center lobby. The show is presented by...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 6, 2014

Finalist for top cop blasts assembly

The attempted hire of a new Haines Borough police chief fell through Wednesday when the assembly voted unanimously to end negotiations with Richard...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 6, 2014

Assembly nixes buried utilities on Third Avenue

The Haines Borough Assembly last week revisited the question of burying utility lines downtown, in regards to the upcoming rebuilding of Third...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 6, 2014

Preschool pursues modular unit on school grounds

Members of the Chilkat Valley Preschool board agreed Monday to pursue purchase of a modular structure to be located on the Haines School grounds as...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 30, 2014

New manager gets $98K, 35 days leave

The Haines Borough Assembly unanimously approved a compensation package Tuesday for incoming manager David Sosa that includes a $98,000 annual...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 30, 2014

Public not invited to railroad meeting

Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott apologized this week for allowing a Jan. 20 meeting regarding a railroad feasibility study to be held behind...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 30, 2014

Culbeck pitches for development job

Haines Borough Executive Assistant to the Manager Darsie Culbeck is asking for a change in his job title and responsibilities, including an increased...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 30, 2014

Assembly, committee reject buying sauna

The Haines Borough Finance Committee brought plans for a public sauna at the pool to a halt at a recent meeting, recommending the assembly not fund...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 30, 2014

Borough looks to change appointment process

The Haines Borough Assembly is looking to change the way residents are appointed to boards, committees and commissions. The change is sought to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 23, 2014

Highway residents push school ideas

About 20 upper valley residents and others made an enthusiastic appeal for keeping Mosquito Lake School open Tuesday, saying the Haines Borough...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 16, 2014

Borough workers to get free pool use?

Should Haines Borough employees receive free passes for unlimited use of the pool? Interim manager Julie Cozzi and executive assistant to the manager...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 16, 2014

Survey targets waste disposal

The Haines Borough wants to know what you do with your garbage. At its Dec. 10 meeting, the assembly directed staff to move forward with conducting a...

 

Business forum Monday

A “business venture forum,” sponsored by the Haines Chamber of Commerce Monday, is aimed at strengthening the business plans of local...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 19, 2013

Assembly offers Sosa manager's job

The Haines Borough Assembly voted during a special meeting Tuesday to offer its manager job to candidate David Sosa, a 20-year U.S. Marine Corps...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 12, 2013

Assembly leans toward Sosa hire

The Haines Borough Assembly isn’t ready to offer the job to manager candidate David Sosa just yet. After coming out of executive session Tuesday,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 5, 2013

Advisory committee election set Dec. 17

Four seats are up for grabs on the Upper Lynn Canal Fish and Game Advisory Committee when the group meets Dec. 17. The meeting starts 7 p.m. in the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 28, 2013

Seeking better phone service from borough

The Haines Borough is trying to make it easier to get a live person on the phone. Members of the public and borough officials have complained about...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 7, 2013

Bill for election contest at issue

The Haines Borough Assembly will decide Tuesday who is responsible for the estimated $10,000 election investigation bill: the public, or school board...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 7, 2013

Assembly mulls last candidates standing

With one manager candidate clearly eliminated and one withdrawn from the race, the Haines Borough Assembly will decide Tuesday how it wants to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 7, 2013

Library savings debated

To come fully under the umbrella of the Haines Borough as a department, the library has to close its private savings account. The problem is, that...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 31, 2013

Assembly: No early favorites for manager job

Three members of the Haines Borough Assembly who met Tuesday to interview the top four borough manager candidates via Skype afterward expressed...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 31, 2013

Designers consider Picture Pt.

Plans for development of the Picture Point Wayside are under way, with the design team estimating they will have a preferred alternative ready by spri...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 31, 2013

DOT outlines airport project plan

About 20 residents with questions ranging from dropping off airline passengers to fisheries impacts attended an Oct. 21 meeting on a $5.7 million airp...

 

Schnabel gives view of investigation

On Oct. 22, I voted to certify the Oct. 1 election. My decision was based on a determination that the election was not unduly influenced by election...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 24, 2013

Christy's dream attracts film crew

Documentary filmmakers will capture a local songwriter’s quest to gain the attention of television celebrity Dr Phil. For years, Bamboo Room and...

 

Duly Noted

Southeast Alaska State Fair Director Jessica Edwards sent 27 department champions, division winners, and exceptional best-of-class entries from...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 17, 2013

Assembly lukewarm on manager finalists

The Haines Borough Assembly has whittled down a list of applicants for the manager position from 20 to four and will publicly conduct telephone...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 17, 2013

Assembly OKs tax on vehicles

After tabling it for nearly 10 months, the Haines Borough Assembly passed an ordinance establishing a motor vehicle registration tax Oct. 8.   The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 17, 2013

Schnabel not applying for manager

Haines Borough Assembly member Debra Schnabel will not vie for the borough’s top job. Schnabel had previously voiced her intention to apply for boro...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 10, 2013

Election contested; ejected ballots cited

Haines Borough school board candidate Ardy Miller filed paperwork Monday to contest the Oct. 1 municipal election. On the notice of election contest,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 10, 2013

Fruit flies take wing, bugging homeowners

One day, they were just there. Five, six, seven fruit flies hovering noiselessly around Susie McCartney-Nelson’s kitchen. The same thing happened...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 10, 2013

Four residents qualify for business 'boot camp'

Of nearly 60 applications submitted by aspiring entrepreneurs around Southeast, four Haines residents have reached the semifinals of the Path to...

 

Cozzi elevated to interim manager

Clerk Julie Cozzi will take the helm of the Haines Borough for up to three months while the assembly looks for a new manager to replace Mark Earnest....

 

Voters urged to follow instructions on ballot

Haines Borough officials are urging residents to carefully follow ballot directions when casting their votes Tuesday. Voters will elect two assembly...

 

Assembly resists tourism study

The Haines Borough’s Tourism Advisory Board is asking for nearly $30,000 to conduct two tourism impact studies – one for the summer season, one...

 

Candidates talk business issues

Two candidates for Haines Borough Assembly fielded questions at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Aug. 30, with topics ranging from the potential...

 

Borough to review zoning fines

Recent fines leveled by the Haines Borough against residents for zoning violations ranging from raising too many chickens to failure to obtain a...

 

Does CVN scare off best, brightest?

On behalf of those who volunteer time to solving issues on behalf of the public, I am reacting to your editorial last week about the quality of our lo...

 

Duly Noted

Silvia Rose Lynch was born 5:05 a.m. Sept. 7 at Bartlett Hospital in Juneau to Stojanka and Nels Lynch. She weighed 7 lbs., 8 ounces, and measured...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    September 5, 2013

Setbacks idea hits resistance

The Haines Borough Planning Commission is trying to put setback limits on development in general use zones, but some assembly members are skeptical...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 29, 2013

No headhunting for manager job

The Haines Borough Assembly will not hire a headhunting firm to find the municipality’s next manager, but will instead conduct the hiring process it...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 22, 2013

Gov. Parnell to visit

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell will make a social call to Haines Tuesday for a half-day visit, including stops at the American Bald Eagle Foundation and...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 22, 2013

Borough may get help on manager hire

The Haines Borough Assembly appears to be leaning toward hiring a headhunting firm to find the municipality’s next manager, but assembly members sti...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 15, 2013

Earnest says he's leaving

The Haines Borough Assembly on Wednesday approved 5-1 the resignation of manager Mark Earnest. Member Norm Smith, a longtime Earnest critic, opposed t...

 

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...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 8, 2013

Aspen Hotels looks at 5th and Main site

A statewide hotel chain is “very serious” about buying Main Street property to build a 50-room hotel, but Haines Borough leaders will have to deci...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 1, 2013

Lapp seeks meeting time limits

Haines Borough Assembly member Jerry Lapp wants to outlaw long meetings. Lapp introduced an ordinance last week that, if passed, would end regular...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 25, 2013

Assembly approves pay hikes

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved raises and benefits for employees that will cost, on average, at least an additional $165,000...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 18, 2013

Assembly to consider raises Tuesday

Where an extra $151,000 for borough employee wages and benefits will come from is a concern for some assembly members, though Haines Borough manager M...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 11, 2013

Telephone poles, wires to stay

Borough officials this week said recent efforts to bury view-obstructing utility lines at the intersection of Front Street and Old Haines Highway are...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 5, 2013

Assembly retains parking rules

The Haines Borough Planning Commission will have to go back to the drawing board to address parking requirements, as the assembly on June 25 struck...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 27, 2013

Borough adopts roster-style ballot

Elections for positions on the Haines Borough Assembly and school board will no longer pit candidate vs. candidate for specific seats. Mayor...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 20, 2013

Election ballot likely to change

The push to change local election procedures continues with the Haines Borough Assembly still split down the middle on whether to switch from a seat...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 13, 2013

Budget: $12.2 million, reduction in tax rates

On a 4-2 vote, the Haines Borough Assembly approved its $12.2 million spending plan for the coming year Tuesday, including a reduction in the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 13, 2013

Assembly softens crab letter terms

The Haines Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to remove mention of an emergency closure to the local Dungeness crab fishery from a letter to t...

 

Bury utility lines?

Utility lines strung along Main Street, Third Avenue and the waterfront are a concern for some Haines Borough Assembly members, but the path to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 6, 2013

Lobbyist makes case for fee

The Haines Borough’s Washington lobbyist defended his annual $43,200 fee to the assembly this week, claiming his work on finding funding for the har...

 

Cozzi: Election change can't happen this year

Though Haines Borough Assembly member Debra Schnabel said she is pushing to get a change in election procedures in place for the October municipal ele...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 30, 2013

Budget amended for museum, pool

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday approved changes to the manager’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, including keeping the pool open year...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 30, 2013

Assembly to mull parking regs

Parking regulations for commercial development in the Haines townsite could soon be relaxed to allow adjacent, on-street parking to count toward...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 30, 2013

Appeals board upholds most Canary valuations

Members of the Haines Borough Assembly acting as the Board of Equalization (BOE) May 21 slogged through the second round of appeals for nearly four...

 

Voting change in assembly plan

Your story about proposed changes to election procedures did not report that the issue was advanced by the entire assembly as a strategic action plan...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 23, 2013

Cuts still in borough budget; next meeting on Tuesday

The Haines Borough Assembly held its first public hearing May 14 on manager Mark Earnest’s proposed budget, but assembly members have yet to make...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 16, 2013

Election change hits assembly opposition

Haines Borough Assembly members on Tuesday pulled from the agenda an ordinance aimed at changing assembly and school board election procedures. The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 16, 2013

Smith revives assembly chair effort

Haines Borough Assembly member Norm Smith on Tuesday leveraged his vote needed for several capital improvements to get $2,300 of new chairs for the...

 

Duly Noted

Brian and Jacqui Clay of Haines are proud grandparents. McKinley Grace Elizabeth Jones was born 8:11 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Bartlett Regional...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 9, 2013

Lynn Canal towns divided on road plan

Although energy, tourism and harbor issues were all topics slated for discussion during the April 26 Northern Lynn Canal Neighbors Summit in Skagway,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 9, 2013

Closed-door session on chief's departure

The Haines Borough Assembly will hold a closed-door “debriefing” Tuesday on the process that led to the borough’s separation with former police...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 2, 2013

Culbeck to moonlight for mine firm

Executive assistant to the Haines Borough manager Darsie Culbeck will work as a camp manager for Constantine Metal Resources this summer while the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 2, 2013

BOE upholds 24 assessments

Members of the Haines Borough Assembly acting as the Board of Equalization (BOE) Monday upheld 24 property assessments recommended by contract...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 2, 2013

Recruiting firm may assist next chief hire

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest is looking into several headhunting firms to see if they might be up to the job of finding Haines a new police...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Assembly scratches $2,300 for new chairs

For assembly members, sitting around at meetings won’t be getting any easier. Members on Tuesday narrowly struck $2,300 from next year’s borough... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Replacing police chief on Tuesday agenda

The Haines Borough Personnel Committee will meet 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss how to deal with police department staff organization in the wake of... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 18, 2013

Lowe gets $53K in payout, paid leave

Haines Borough Police Chief Gary Lowe will receive three months of paid leave plus a $36,000 payout as part of a “negotiated separation... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 18, 2013

Assembly hears budget concerns

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday discussed potential ways to keep the pool open, including possibly raising fees or implementing a membership... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 18, 2013

Library addition stirs discussion

The Haines Borough Public Library Board is pursuing plans to construct a 600-square-foot addition to the library, but whether borough funds will be... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 18, 2013

Assembly reverses bear tour vote

After denying a former Haines bear monitor a permit to conduct small-scale bear-viewing tours along the Chilkoot River, the Haines Borough Assembly... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 11, 2013

Assembly approves deal for Lowe's exit

Following 40 minutes of closed-door discussion, the Haines Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to accept a “negotiated separation... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 11, 2013

Assembly plans overnight trip to Skagway

Haines Borough staff and assembly members are planning an overnight trip to Skagway April 26-27 to meet with regional leaders to discuss mutual... Full story

 

Assembly ignored Lowe's issues

What appalls me in the matter of chief Lowe is that had this assembly and manager listened to even one word of what people were saying, they could... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 28, 2013

Lowe put on leave; hearing planned

Haines Borough manager Mark Earnest placed police chief Gary Lowe on paid administrative leave Tuesday, making Sgt. Simon Ford acting chief. The assem...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 28, 2013

Former bear monitor rejected for tour permit

The Haines Borough Assembly denied a request Tuesday from former bear monitor Shannon Donahue to begin small-scale bear-viewing tours along the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 28, 2013

Nonprofit funding request process changed

The Haines Borough Assembly is changing its process for doling out funds to local nonprofits, and will be capping allocations from the general fund at...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 21, 2013

Union: Complaint mishandled

The union representative of Haines Borough workers this week said manager Mark Earnest has been “out of line” and not compliant with procedure in...

 

'Corrective action' for Lowe

The Haines Borough Assembly directed the manager during a March 12 special meeting to “apply corrective action” to address the assembly’s concer...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 14, 2013

Special meeting on Lowe Friday

Haines Borough Assembly members have called a special meeting to be held 5:30 p.m. Friday to discuss police chief Gary Lowe’s actions during the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 7, 2013

Manager reports on police chief

Haines Borough manager Mark Earnest reported Tuesday the results of his investigation into complaints made from within the police department against...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 7, 2013

Lowe: Morphet threatened me

Haines Borough Police Chief Gary Lowe this week said Chilkat Valley News editor Tom Morphet threatened him personally after a discussion about the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 28, 2013

Borough reviews not done

Although required to by code, Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has not provided for evaluations of employees since starting on the job three years...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 28, 2013

Police employees raise issues about chief

Haines Borough manager Mark Earnest is reviewing complaints from personnel within the police department about chief Gary Lowe, mayor Stephanie Scott...

 

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,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 21, 2013

Assembly still grappling with nonprofit funding

How the Haines Borough should distribute money to local nonprofits has been discussed for years, and the issue continues to vex the assembly. Mayor...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 7, 2013

Talk: Weighing in on mine plans

To influence regulations pertaining to development of a hard-rock mine in Haines, residents should weigh in on the scoping phase of an environmental i...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 31, 2013

Assembly to review executive sessions

A Jan. 22 closed-door meeting of the Haines Borough Assembly may have violated Alaska’s Open Meetings Act and borough code, according to borough...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 31, 2013

Contract includes 48 days of leave

In June 2012, Haines Borough Assembly member Debra Schnabel asked mayor Stephanie Scott for a report on manager Mark Earnest’s accrued and used...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 24, 2013

Earnest scores a 'satisfactory'

The Haines Borough Assembly gave manager Mark Earnest a “satisfactory” evaluation Tuesday, a decision that came during an executive session at a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 24, 2013

Mining trip: Necessary or junket?

Some Haines Borough officials are questioning whether the borough is spending its time and money wisely by sending three public officials to a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 24, 2013

Board asked to explain spending

Haines Borough Assembly members say they want more information on school board spending decisions following the board’s approval of $619,000 for...

 

Why is dock at top of priority list?

I’ve been very disturbed to read that the assembly put the Lutak Dock project at the top of our funding list. Shouldn’t we be having a public...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 17, 2013

Advisory committee elections scrutinized

Following an unusually large turn-out at the Upper Lynn Canal Advisory Committee’s Dec. 14 election, the Haines Borough assembly will recommend...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 17, 2013

Skaters mull improved, moved ice rink

A grant opportunity recently renewed the efforts of a local volunteer organization to move the ice rink from the fairgrounds to downtown, but board...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 20, 2012

Lutak Dock at top of borough's 'wish list'

Both the Haines Borough Assembly and the planning commission agreed that $2.6 million in upgrades to the Lutak Dock should top the borough’s...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 13, 2012

Private fix sought for junked vehicles

The Haines Borough could soon be partnering with a private business to solve towing, impoundment and junked-car related issues. The assembly voted...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 29, 2012

Car tax encounters opposition: Assembly wants more details on proposal

Haines Borough Assembly members and residents expressed misgivings about a proposed motor vehicle registration tax Tuesday. The assembly postponed a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 22, 2012

Borough OKs $700K for roads at 25 Mile

The Haines Borough Assembly recently approved a $700,000 contract with Southeast Roadbuilders for road improvements in the Chilkat Lake area. The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 15, 2012

Assembly approves heli-ski ordinance

The Haines Borough Assembly unanimously passed a heli-ski ordinance Nov. 6 that alters several industry regulations. Changes from current borough law...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 8, 2012

Assembly supports Earnest extension

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 4-2 Tuesday to extend manager Mark Earnest’s contract through July 2014 pending a “satisfactory” evaluation...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 25, 2012

Jimenez hired over 2 engineers

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved the hire of Carlos Jimenez as public facilities director, a $75,000-per-year position that oversees ca...

 

Tour shuttle may be exempted from tariff hike

In a joint meeting last week, the Haines Borough’s Ports and Harbors Advisory Committee and Tourism Advisory Board recommended tabling until March...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 11, 2012

Earnest seeking contract to 2014

Casting a tie-breaking vote, Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott stopped an assembly motion Tuesday aimed at extending manager Mark Earnest’s contr...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 11, 2012

Revised heli-ski ordinance introduced

The Haines Borough Assembly voted Tuesday 4-2 to introduce an ordinance that would charge heli-ski companies a $5 per skier-day fee and allow fines...

 

'Oklahoma!' was wonderful

Congratulations and thanks to Mark Sebens, Elise Lammers, Debra Schnabel and all the musicians and cast members, stage hands, and all involved in the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 27, 2012

Borough considers heli-skiing safety

Haines Borough officials last week addressed the topic of safety in relation to management of heli-skiing, following concerns raised by the family of...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 27, 2012

Mud Bay gold dig stirs neighbors

A Skagway truck driver this week said his plan to dig two, 500-foot-long trenches for mineral exploration on state land near Mount Riley amounts to a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 20, 2012

Haines port 'summit' on Sept. 27

Haines Borough officials say the town won’t likely see transshipment of ore at Lutak Dock for at least five years, but members of the Haines Port...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 13, 2012

Mayor, assembly not informed of request

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest on Wednesday cited a busy schedule for not informing mayor Stephanie Scott or assembly members of a request for...

 

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...

 

Thomas is effective, delivers for Haines

Last week Iris Holmes explained the varied nature of financial support for Kreiss-Tomkins and Thomas in their campaigns to represent District 34. Her...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 30, 2012

Financial disclosure language vexes assembly

A third and expected final public hearing on a proposed Haines Borough financial disclosure law for local leaders bogged down Tuesday when assembly me...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 23, 2012

Manager: Expand heli-ski map

Haines Borough administration recommendations on changes to heli-skiing management came under fire by critics of the industry during an assembly...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 16, 2012

Borough, Kluwan at odds over taxes

The Haines Borough is countering a claim by Chilkat Indian Village that the tribe owes no taxes on the former Chilkat Cruises Dock that it bought...

 
 By Eileen McIver    News    August 16, 2012

'Oklahoma' tryouts Tuesday, Wednesday

Auditions for Lynn Canal Community Players’ production of “Oklahoma” will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday and noon Wednesday at the Chilkat Center....

 
 By T    News    July 26, 2012

Borough may buy lunches for seniors

At the urging of mayor Stephanie Scott, the Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday introduced an ordinance to spend $15,000 to restore the senior lunch...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 12, 2012

Assembly supports ILP for Connelly project

The Haines Borough Assembly on a 4-2 vote Tuesday endorsed an integrated licensing process for the proposed Connelly Lake hydroelectric project. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 28, 2012

Borough eyes Elks property

Facilities issues dominated Tuesday’s Haines Borough Assembly meeting, where members voted to explore purchase of the Elks property, seek proposals...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    June 28, 2012

Commentary

Whenever I start feeling that publishing a newspaper makes a difference in the world, I get news...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 21, 2012

Dumpster cost rocks borough

Haines Borough officials are looking for ways to cut garbage expenses in the face of increased collection fees that have doubled or more in less than...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 14, 2012

Earnest back on job; hiring process halted

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 4-1 Tuesday to retain manager Mark Earnest, reactivating a contract that gives him the borough’s top job for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 14, 2012

Assembly OKs $11.3 million budget

Haines Borough Assembly members Tuesday unanimously approved the government’s $11.3 million spending plan for the coming year. They raised the...

 
 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    News    June 7, 2012

Assembly to decide budget, interim manager

The Haines Borough Assembly is expected to approve its $11.3 million budget, including setting local tax rates, and will discuss the interim borough...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 7, 2012

Assembly to revisit designation of former school lots

The Haines Borough Assembly last week reconsidered plans to proceed with the sale of lots formerly occupied by the primary school on Main Street....

 
 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 31, 2012

Assembly begins scoring manager hopefuls

Haines Borough Assembly members and municipal officers are in the process of scoring 18 borough manager applicants on a “decision matrix” aimed...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 31, 2012

Private group pushing for Lutak port

The Haines Borough recently launched a Haines Port Development Steering Committee. Three residents have since formed the Haines Port Development Counc...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 31, 2012

No special election to fill vacant seats

A push by Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott to allow use of special elections to fill vacancies on the borough assembly died Tuesday after failing...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 31, 2012

Wet, cold doesn't scare off brew fans

Intermittent rain didn’t seem to hinder the 20th Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival. The fair, which organizes the event, increased the...

 
 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...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Lowe, Brower, Bolen amid 18 manager applicants

Residents John Brower, Gary Lowe and Debra Schnabel and former Haines Borough Manager Tom Bolen are among 18 applicants for the borough’s top job....

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Assembly drops pay phone request

The Haines Borough Assembly last week hung up on a proposal to refer a discussion of pay phones to a committee. Newspaper editor Tom Morphet, at the r...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Tax appeal board votes on 5 complaints

Members of the Haines Borough Assembly acting as the Board of Equalization lowered one property assessment and kept four the same April 30. Lack of...

 

Court report reflects truth of abuse

Upon first reading the words attributed to Mr. Landry in the court report last week, I was judgmental; there seemed no reason to recreate the details...

 

HARK thankful for chain-link fence

The Haines Animal Rescue Kennel (HARK) is very appreciative of the recent donation of chain link fence that was behind the Thunderbird Motel. There...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 10, 2012

Assembly: Vote on APOC disclosure rules, again

Undeterred by three defeated attempts in the past seven years, Haines Borough Assembly members again are taking steps to exempt the municipality from...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 10, 2012

Borough grants may stay at 2011 levels

By Tom Morphet Facing a room full of advocates for local non-profit organizations, the Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday backed away from a manager’s...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

Athletes shine on home track

The Haines High School track and field teams hosted their annual home meet last weekend. The...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

Economic development wording axed

Mayor Stephanie Scott on Tuesday broke a tie vote of the Haines Borough Assembly to adopt an ordinance that removes code language mandating the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 3, 2012

Take 'Steel Bridge' to Chilkat Lake?

Members of the board of the Haines Borough’s Dalton Trail Road Maintenance Service Area have an idea for the “Steel Bridge,” the aging, metal an...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 3, 2012

Assembly considers DMV tax to wrangle wrecks

The Haines Borough Assembly is investigating a state-collected municipal motor vehicle registration tax that would help fund local storage and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 3, 2012

Assembly considers eliminating lobbyist

The Haines Borough Assembly members may eliminate or reduce spending on a Washington, D.C. lobbyist in the coming year. For at least the past four...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

Assembly advances fix for appointments

The Haines Borough Assembly last week introduced an ordinance that would require a simple majority vote of remaining members to fill assembly...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 26, 2012

Sale of old school lots divides planners

After three years of relative quiet, debate over the fate of old school property on Main Street resumed at the Haines Borough Planning Commission...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 26, 2012

Borough income may increase $350,000

The Haines Borough stands to receive $350,000 more in state revenue sharing funds than projected, a boost that could put a big dent in a projected def...

 

'Master plan' would guide decisions on facilities

Add another plan to borough planning efforts. In addition to work on a comprehensive plan and a strategic plan, the Haines Borough is embarking on a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 12, 2012

Draft budget fills $580K gap

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest on Tuesday proposed using increased property taxes, a variety of cuts and reserves to fill a $579,000 hole in the...

 

Assembly considers appointments

Members of the Haines Borough’s government affairs and services committee last week debated the role of special elections in filling assembly...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 5, 2012

July 4 fireworks display in limbo

The future of the annual, Fourth of July fireworks display was in question this week, following a 4-1 vote by the Haines Borough Assembly March 27...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 5, 2012

Assembly wants to eBay equipment

Can the Haines Borough dispose of surplus equipment through an online auction site like eBay? As members of the Haines Borough Assembly on March 27 di...

 

Earnest to leave June 15

Staff turnover reached the top of the Haines Borough this week, as manager Mark Earnest submitted his resignation, effective June 15. “We’re...

 

Duly Noted

Longtime Chilkat Lake resident Dave Ward died about 10 p.m. Monday at his Chilkat Lake home. His wife Toni and brother-in-law Roger Keller were at...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    March 29, 2012

Commentary

By many measures, the Haines Borough School District is doing a good job. It’s keeping up with “No Child Left Behind” standards and addressing... Full story

 

Report says import LNG for Yukon mines

The potential for shipping ore from the Yukon Territory through Haines is slim unless trucks can back-haul liquid natural gas from here on return...

 

Manager assistant approved

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved hiring a full-time executive assistant to manager Mark Earnest, a position that would cost an...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 15, 2012

Cameras at docks trigger concerns

Are security cameras around Haines waterfront locations a good security measure or an example of Big Brother government infringing on the privacy of...

 

Assembly OKs GPS spot checks

The Haines Borough Assembly last week approved an ordinance for spot checks of global positioning system data to monitor compliance with helicopter...

 

SEABA’s heliport permit appeal nixed

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 5-1 on Tuesday to uphold a planning commission decision denying Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures a permit to...

 

Duly Noted

Dana Noel Murray was born Jan. 7 to Cara and Rob Murray in Ketchikan. Dana weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 inches. Dana Noel joins...

 

Assembly moves to make GPS data public for ‘spot checks’

Under a proposed ordinance up for adoption Tuesday, global positioning system data for helicopter skiing submitted to the Haines Borough is public...

 

Dog walkers braved winter

The Haines Animal Rescue Kennel (HARK) would like to commend our crew of dedicated volunteer dog walkers for all their hard work this winter. Through...

 

Assembly leans to spot check heli-ski GPS data

Mayor Stephanie Scott on Tuesday twice broke tie votes of the Haines Borough Assembly regarding global positioning system data for helicopter skiing,...

 

Fenn overcame ‘formidable obstacles’

Longtime Haines resident Helen Fenn, 98, died at the Sitka Pioneer Home following a stroke Jan. 24....

 

Assembly wants more Chilkat Center options

The Haines Borough Assembly this week directed manager Mark Earnest to provide a report outlining options for maintenance and ownership of the...

 

Borough manager's contract extended

The Haines Borough Assembly approved an 18-month contract extension and 2 percent pay raise for borough manager Mark Earnest following an evaluation...

 

GPS data a trade secret? Heli-ski companies want coordinates to be confidential

The Haines Borough Assembly in a 4-2 vote Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would make global positioning system data for helicopter skiing...

 
 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...

 

Smith's legacy spanned from battlefield to classroom

Near the end of his life, he was honored by U.S. military brass as a hero for helping liberate Nazi death camps, but to a generation of Haines...

 

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...

 

Duly Noted

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned resident Nori Nash by name and praised her efforts in remarks during her official state visit to Ban...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 1, 2011

Assembly wants more Connelly Lake studies

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday voted 4-2 to request the federal government require developers of a potential hydro-electric project above...

 

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 Tom Morphet    News    November 10, 2011

Mayor lays down rules for meetings

Haines Borough meetings will get a new look – including increased opportunity for public comment and more assembly research in advance of...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 3, 2011

New mayor, assembly to meet

The Haines Borough Assembly is scheduled to meet as a committee 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, Nov. 3) in the assembly chambers. Terms for newly...

 

Consultants to lead borough's big jobs

The Haines Borough is looking to contractors for planning and execution of its major projects, including an expanded port and a "community"...

 

Scott wins mayor's race by 47 votes; First meeting with new leaders Nov. 15

Haines Borough voters selected Stephanie Scott as their new mayor, by a 47-vote margin, a canvass of outstanding ballots determined Tuesday. She recei...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    October 13, 2011

Opinion

It’s time to do away with designated seats on the Haines Borough Assembly. They limit our choices as voters, and can result in the election of...

 

It's Smith, Schnabel; Outstanding ballots to decide mayor

The race for Haines Borough mayor is too close to call, with challenger Stephanie Scott leading Jan Hill by 30 votes as of press time Wednesday....

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 29, 2011

Voters Tuesday will decide mayor, recall, 3 assembly seats

Voters go to the polls Tuesday in an election that could dramatically change the make-up of local leadership. Including a recall initiative that...

 

Schnabel agenda is vitality of Haines

Determined, dependable, hardworking, committed, trustworthy, experienced. These are words that come to mind when I think of Debra Schnabel as a...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 22, 2011

Candidate forum set for Monday

Haines Borough Assembly and mayoral candidates will participate in a forum coordinated by the Chilkat Valley News and KHNS on Monday, Sept. 26, at the...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 15, 2011

New signs up for review

Pedestrian signs, the second tier of a Haines Borough wayfinding project, are available for viewing at the Haines Borough Public Library through...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 15, 2011

Candidate interviews to be televised

Interviews with several candidates in the Haines Borough’s October municipal election will air on cable channel 14 during the next two weeks. Bi...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 15, 2011

Chamber, KHNS set candidate forums

The Haines Chamber of Commerce will present a Haines Borough Assembly and mayoral candidate forum noon Friday, Sept. 23, at the public library....

 

Borough gets funds to buy Picture Point; Federal road agency gives $500K

The Haines Borough has been awarded $495,840 in federal money for the acquisition of Picture Point. The U.S. Department of Transportation listed...

 

Duly Noted

Tyler Swinton was part of the Alaska All-Star basketball team that traveled to Las Vegas and Anaheim, Calif. last month. Tyler attended statewide...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    August 11, 2011

'Breathe' is a healthy message to send

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old, well known air through...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    August 11, 2011

Lapham: Words not enough

Thank you is just not enough. We have SEARHC, Dr. Bowman, Jody Miller, our own Becky Malone and Adam DuPaul: Without your support and love it would...

 

Election lineup finalized; Smith and Hess vie for seat, again

The filing period for the Haines Borough’s October municipal election closed Friday, with contested races for mayor and the Haines Borough...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 4, 2011

BREATHE?

A new sign at the Port Chilkoot Dock welcomes cruise ship passengers, and serves as a reminder for Haines residents to "BREATHE." "It...

 

School board hears local hiring concerns

A few members of the community on Tuesday night asked the Haines school board to consider adopting a local hiring preference for teachers. The board...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 16, 2011

Executive assistant Schnabel gives notice

Debra Schnabel, executive assistant to Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest, has resigned effective July 1. Schnabel said she gave notice May 13 "...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 2, 2011

Karate school ends with 4th black belt promotion

The Haines Goju-Ryu karate dojo closed recently on a high note, awarding its fourth black belt to Tia Heywood, age 16. Heywood was one of about 50...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 26, 2011

First meeting gathers 'Friends of Picture Point'

About 20 people attended a May 18 meeting to support Haines Borough acquisition of Picture Point, and several called for the borough assembly to...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 5, 2011

Assembly votes 4-2 for new signs

Haines Borough Assembly member Scott Rossman on April 26 again voiced his disapproval of awarding a contract to an out-of-town business for Haines sig...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 21, 2011

Planners OK Portage Cove beach home

The Haines Borough Planning Commission approved a setback variance on Front Street last week, paving the way for the first home to be built on the...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 14, 2011

Trailer homes escape taxes

    The Haines Borough Assembly may look at reimposing property taxes on mobile homes.     Mobile homes previously were...

 

Duly Noted

Four friends headed to Nome for the finish of the 2011 Iditarod. Bruce and Gail Gilbert were joined by Lucy Harrell and Diana Pyle. The four drove to...

 

Signs more than a pole in ground; Finding way not so obvious to newcomers here

The Haines Borough Assembly in a 4-2 vote March 8 authorized $14,052 to MRV Architects of Juneau for final design on a signage project that aims to...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 3, 2011

Minutes for committee meetings?

Should records be kept of meetings of Haines Borough Assembly subcommittees, borough boards and other advisory groups to the local government? Bill...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 10, 2011

Arts Council to host 'showcase' Sunday

The Haines Arts Council will host its annual, winter Northern Light Showcase 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Chilkat Center. Council president Tom...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 10, 2011

Picture Point price $450K

Owner Roger Beasley is asking $450,000 for three of his five acres at Picture Point, land that would include two scenic pullouts and a strip of land...

 

Book aims at solving conflict

Sixty copies of the book "Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most" have circulated throughout Haines in recent weeks....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 6, 2011

Downtown revitalization effort set for Jan. 26 kick-off

A meeting will be held Jan. 26 to begin work toward downtown revitalization. The meeting time and location are pending. At the request of Haines...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    December 16, 2010

One-year borough job replaces contract position

A "temporary executive assistant" position advertised by the Haines Borough replaces a contract position held by resident Debra Schnabel,...

 

KHNS brings on station manager; Point Reyes station founder gets nod

The new KHNS general manager said this week she is "really looking for something different." Kay Clements of Point Reyes Station, Calif.,...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 4, 2010

Forum elicits wide range of ideas

Thirty-seven residents turned out Oct. 28 for the second, library-sponsored forum on strengthening community. Their ideas for improving the town...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    October 28, 2010

Hospice grateful for neighbors

Hospice of Haines would like to thank our office neighbors in the Gateway Building; the Chamber of Commerce, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, for...

 

'South Pacific' for weekend

A cast of 31 residents, some new to theater, some veteran, sing the World War II-era stories of Rogers and Hammerstein's 1949 musical "South...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 26, 2010

'End of an era' for Helenbs Shop

The gifts are all gone from Helen’s Shop. The Main Street landmark closed its doors Monday, ending 56 years of local service. "I’m...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 5, 2010

Cast, crew needed for 'South Pacific'

Lynn Canal Community Players is seeking actors, singers and musicians for a fall performance of the musical "South Pacific." Directors are M...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 15, 2010

'Safe route' will include track, less parking

A June 29 meeting of the campus routes subcommittee of the Safe Routes to School Task Force identified a temporary plan for improving pedestrian...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 24, 2010

Mapping out ways to school Effort Tuesday will aim to establish paths, routes

Members of the Haines Borough’s Safe Routes to School task force will meet at noon Tuesday, June 29 to start mapping preferred approaches to...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    June 10, 2010

Trail volunteers help Battery Point, Riley

Alaska Division of Parks would like to thank volunteers who gave time Saturday improving Battery Point and Mount Riley trails during National Trails...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 10, 2010

Student safety group to meet

A brown bag lunch meeting is scheduled at noon, Tuesday June 22 in the assembly chambers for members of the Safe Routes to School committee. Borough...

 

Planting the seeds for Alaska's apple town?

Joe Poor has 120 apple trees looking for a good home. Poor, chair of the Haines Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee, wants that...

 

Seeking Doctor Phil; Restaurant owner hopes TV host takes shine to tunes

Christy Tengs Fowler has been a songwriter most of her life, but it took "Dr. Phil" to spur her to follow her dream of recording a country...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    May 20, 2010

Reader appreciates paper's dedication

The departure of Jessica Edwards from your staff reminds me to tell you that I appreciate the endurance of this publication. It seems to me that your...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 20, 2010

Options discussed for Safe Routes to School

A crossing guard program and relocation of a flashing light may be immediate steps for improving student safety. The school district’s Safe...