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Editorial

The Southeast Alaska State Fair, our town’s biggest celebration, certainly earns its ranking as one of the preeminent cultural events in the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 5, 2015

Jury acquits Hart of felony charge

After more than three hours of deliberation Wednesday, a jury found Ted Hart not guilty of a felony weapons charge. In August 2014, the state charged...

 

Borough employee pay: How does it stack up?

Discussion of Haines Borough employee salaries and whether the municipality offers wages...

 

Editorial

It’s with great sadness that we report this week the death of Ray Menaker, the founder of this newspaper. We were hoping Ray would make it to...

 
 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    August 20, 2015

Study: Police below standards in many areas

Following last week’s release of a damning study of the Haines Borough Police Department, the Public Safety Commission this week decided to hold a...

 

Editorial

The latest act in the farce that is the recent history of the Haines Borough Police Department is last week’s message from city hall: The police for...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 9, 2015

History puts heat on police chief hire

Following a 2013 scandal surrounding former Haines Borough Police Chief Gary Lowe and the subsequent hire of Bill Musser, who lasted only a year on...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 12, 2015

Sosa seeks $22K to study town police

Haines Borough Manager David Sosa and Police Chief Bill Musser are asking the assembly to authorize a $22,000 review of the police department by an...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 12, 2015

Police schedule draws questions

Concerned with the recent spate of break-ins and thefts around town, residents are wondering: Where are the police? Haines Borough Manager David Sosa...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 29, 2015

Assemble: No to proposal to protect harbor workers

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday voted down a resolution that would have supported extra protections for the harbormaster and harbor employees....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 11, 2014

Assailant Jackson sues borough

A Haines man found guilty of three charges stemming from a July 2012 fight with three Haines Borough police officers has filed a civil suit against...

 
 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    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    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 Tom Morphet    News    June 26, 2014

DOT says Joel hire acceptable

Alaska Department of Transportation Commissioner Pat Kemp said in a press release late Wednesday that the hiring of former Haines Borough Police Sgt....

 

Lowe and Joel situations not comparable

When my friend Gary Lowe was “let go” a year or so ago, I sat by and said nothing.  He was getting a financial settlement he seemed satisfied...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 19, 2014

Sanctioned ex-cop to lead ferry security

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott is calling for Gov. Sean Parnell to rescind the hire of former Haines Borough Police Department Sgt....

 

Editorial

Recent revelations about the behavior of former Haines Borough Police Sgt. Jason Joel should lead the municipality to create new policies to follow...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 20, 2014

Assembly OKs ATVs on borough roads

The Haines Borough Assembly last week unanimously approved an ordinance change that will allow ATVs on borough-owned roads. Member Diana Lapham raised...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 6, 2014

ATVs on roads? Last hearing Tuesday

Supporters of an ordinance that would allow ATV use on Haines Borough roads turned out to testify in front of the assembly last week, claiming ATVs ar...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 13, 2014

ATVs on roads? Ordinance back

Haines Borough Assembly member Jerry Lapp is resuming the push for relaxation of snowmachine and all-terrain vehicle laws in the borough. An...

 

Editorial

If Bill Musser works out as chief of the Haines Borough Police Department, it will be despite the borough’s hiring process, not because of it. The b...

 
 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 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...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 24, 2013

Police chief finalists down to 2

The number of finalists for Haines Borough Police Chief has dropped to two after applicant Scott Happ recently withdrew his name from consideration, l...

 

Earnest's tenure disastrous

Borough manager Mark Earnest’s employment in Haines is ending. Thank God. Earnest’s departure marks the end of another disastrous manager’s...

 

Paper trail follows chief hopeful

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has shortlisted his favorite candidates for police chief from 16 to four, but at least one of them has...

 

Police will search mail for narcotics

Haines Borough police plan to have mail coming to local post office boxes inspected in the coming months as part of an ongoing investigation of the...

 

Required form on Lowe lagging

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest is nearly two months overdue in filing a required form to a statewide police oversight agency regarding the resign...

 

Editorial

The CVN last week published a story about the four candidates for Haines Borough police chief who’d applied by the borough’s deadline. The story...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 22, 2013

Why so few assembly candidates?

With only two names appearing on the fall municipal ballot for two seats open on the Haines Borough Assembly, interest in serving on the town’s...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 18, 2013

Borough releases Lowe evaluation

A March performance evaluation of former Haines Borough police chief Gary Lowe released this week says Lowe maintained good relationships with the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 11, 2013

Number of police will soon drop to 3

The five-member Haines Borough Police Department will soon be reduced to three. Understaffed since the resignation of former chief Gary Lowe in...

 

Time to end mobster-style government

I attended what I believed to be a meeting on whether or not Mark Earnest should be kept on as Haines Borough manager June 10. Turned out that his...

 

Editorial

The Haines Borough Assembly has decided against hiring a headhunting firm and instead will hire a new police chief itself, with the input of the...

 

Attorney advice needed on conflict

Today I spoke with mayor Stephanie Scott concerning the issue of Darsie Culbeck’s appearance of a conflict of interest. I was stunned to learn the b...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 9, 2013

Police: Get rid of hybrid patrol cars

The Haines Borough Police Department is looking to replace two hybrid electric patrol vehicles purchased four years ago, due to concerns about their...

 
 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

Police: Conviction in dog-killing case is unlikely

The odds of charging and convicting a person suspected of killing one dog and wounding another last January are slim, Haines Borough interim police...

 
 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 Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 25, 2013

Editorial

By extending a $53,000 “courtesy” bonus to police chief Gary Lowe, the Haines Borough Assembly last week bankrupted arguments that the... Full story

 

Courtesy to Lowe is insult to taxpayers

I understand now why the agreement between police chief Gary Lowe and the borough was kept under wraps until it was a done deal. Had we known what... Full story

 

Hold Lowe responsible for actions

Police chief Gary Lowe should be held responsible for his behavior, just as any citizen would be. If he engaged in criminal activities, he should be... 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 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 Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 11, 2013

Editorial

To demonstrate their respect for the law, Haines Borough leaders should refer the complaint against outgoing police chief Gary Lowe to the Alaska... 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    April 4, 2013

'Quasi-judicial' hearing on Lowe April 4

The Haines Borough Assembly will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4 to evaluate the ability of police chief Gary Lowe to perform his duties and... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 4, 2013

Complaint: Incident is part of a history of abuse

Concerns about Haines Borough Police chief Gary Lowe include a Feb. 15 incident in which he allegedly screamed obscenities at an employee during a... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 4, 2013

Williamson: Borough indifference led to lawsuit

A man who sued the Haines Borough over his son’s drowning at Port Chilkoot Dock beach said this week he brought the suit because of concerns about t... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 4, 2013

Editorial

As a matter of policy, the Chilkat Valley News does not publish allegations from anonymous sources. People accused of wrongdoing, we believe, deserve... 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 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...

 

Consultant option floated

Attached to Haines Borough manager Mark Earnest’s police department report to assembly members Tuesday was a proposal from a private consulting firm...

 
 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...

 

Editorial

Haines Borough Police Chief Gary Lowe this week told the borough assembly that I “threatened” him with negative coverage if he didn’t provide...

 
 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...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 28, 2013

Former cop's license under review

The Alaska Police Standards Council has started the process of revoking the certification of former Haines police officer John Havard. Havard is the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 7, 2013

Borough, union to negotiate new contract

The Haines Borough has put together its bargaining team for upcoming negotiations with the Local 71 Union regarding a new collective bargaining...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 31, 2013

Police retrieve bow in dog-shooting case

The Haines Police Department served two search warrants last week and recovered items believed to have been used in the Jan. 15 killing of a dog and w...

 
 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

Borough evicts man at harbor

A local man has been banned from Haines Borough ports and harbors indefinitely after allegedly threatening the harbormaster. Harbormaster Phil Benner...

 

Dog kill brings tips

Haines Police have received “literally hundreds” of tips, hints and rumors on who may be responsible for last week’s killing of a dog and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 17, 2013

Two dogs hit by arrows on hillside

A pet dog died and another was sent to Juneau for treatment after they were hit by arrows early this week in the same Mount Ripinsky hillside...

 

Police chief lagged on wire fraud case

In 2012, others and myself witnessed felony wire fraud in Haines. On July 12, 2012, evidence of felony wire fraud (over 100 pages) was submitted to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 13, 2012

Former Haines cop surrenders license

Neither a statewide police oversight agency nor the Haines Borough Police Department will provide information about complaints that led to the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 6, 2012

Broken siren slows firefighter response

A breakdown of the town siren Oct. 14 and the simultaneous loss of a broadcast, tonal pulse – called a “tone-out” – have cost some...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 15, 2012

DUIs reduced after illegal blood tests: No breathalyzer for 5 months

The Haines Police Department’s illegal acquisition of blood samples in several DUI cases led to reduced charges for defendants in recent months. Fro...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 25, 2012

Mayor digs into harbor assault case

A mayor’s report found differing explanations for why a charge was reduced by plea bargain in a case involving an alleged assault on the Haines...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 4, 2012

Man accepts blame for shooting

A Haines man who shot another man during an early-morning party Sept. 28 this week said he felt “horrible” about it. Frank Hickman Jr., 24,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 4, 2012

Police play tape of July 4 run-in

A recording of a July 4 encounter between resident Dean “Bear” Lari and officer Simon Ford played by Haines Borough police last week revealed new...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 6, 2012

Police chief clarifies skateboard law

Haines Borough police chief Gary Lowe said this week that skateboarders who were recently cited were riding them in the driving lane. Skateboarding...

 

Police target the most vulnerable

The recent article and letters to the editor about the police department’s conduct in their meth investigation has compelled me to speak out. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 16, 2012

Killed sow was landfill garbage bear

State wildlife officials this week said they would kill three brown bear cubs of a 15-year-old sow shot early Monday by a resident at Letnikof Cove....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 16, 2012

Progress on bears being made, officials say

Despite the destruction of up to seven bears this year, residents involved in the issue this week said they believe progress is being made toward...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 9, 2012

Revocation process starts against Joel

The Alaska Police Standards Council has started the process of revoking the police certification of former Haines Borough police sergeant Jason Joel....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 2, 2012

Borough to address worker perks

The Haines Borough will crack down on use of municipal equipment for private purposes by employees following a recent fire that stemmed from...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 2, 2012

Harbor incident investigated

Haines Borough police and U.S. Coast Guard officials are investigating an incident at the Haines small boat harbor last week that included an alleged...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 2, 2012

Rain hurts gate, but fair income expected to hold steady

Rain on Friday dropped gate receipts about 8 percent overall, but income from rides and beer sales increased, and revenues from this year’s...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 26, 2012

Lari will seek police recording

Resident Dean “Bear” Lari this week said he would hire a lawyer to seek a police recording of a disputed encounter between him and Haines Borough...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 19, 2012

Police uncertain on release of tape

Haines Borough police chief Gary Lowe this week declined to say whether he would make public a recording of a July 4 encounter between officer Simon...

 

Tape would tell truth about encounter

After reading “Police Tactics Criticized,” I feel compelled to set the record straight. First, it is not “legal police procedure” to walk...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 12, 2012

Woman convicting in roadside dumping

A Haines woman was fined $300 and ordered to pay $280 restitution last week after 20 bags of household waste – including 400 pounds of food scraps...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 5, 2012

Tow truck bill rankles visitors

A visitor from Whitehorse, Y.T. who paid $780 to reclaim his trailer after a dispute with tow truck operator Paul Nelson is seeking redress through...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 28, 2012

Police seek leads in sex assault

One week after an alleged sexual assault near Main Street, Haines Borough police chief Gary Lowe said local streets are safe, but residents...

 
 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 Eileen McIver    News    June 14, 2012

'Grandma?' Phone scams target seniors

Two elderly Haines residents were targeted two weeks ago as part of a scam in which the caller pretended to be a grandson in trouble and desperately...

 

Chilkoot bears hungry, unafraid

Two brown bears shot and killed under defense of life and property provisions have state officials reiterating the importance of securing potential...

 
 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 Tom Morphet    News    June 7, 2012

Tagged brown bears shot, killed

Alaska Wildlife Trooper Ken VanSpronsen said this week that juvenile brown bears shot by residents at Beach Road and Cathedral View subdivision were...

 
 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 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

Lowe: New 'T' intersections unsafe

Haines Borough officials say they want to meet with state road engineers before the Department of Transportation starts working on a Y-shaped...

 
 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 3, 2012

Police hope local hire stems turnover

Haines Borough Police Chief Gary Lowe said he’s pursuing local hire in the wake of resignations from the department. Recent departures have reduced...

 
 By Gary Lowe    Letters    April 12, 2012

Tele-communicators vital to community

Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety tele-communicators. Communications officers are...

 

New console aimed at better 911 service response

The Haines Borough is seeking a federal grant to purchase and install a new dispatch console that would improve response to 911 calls. “Thank goodne...

 

Officer on paid leave was rewarded

It does not take five months to discover a starving animal walking in its own feces! What does not make any sense to me is our chief of police Gary...

 

Does harbormaster need more power?

After considerable discussion, the Haines Borough Assembly has dropped the idea of making its harbormaster a “peace officer.” That puts the local...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 22, 2012

‘Choose Respect’ puts spotlight on abuse issue

Leona Santiago, who grew up in Front Street’s Raven House, recounted her experience of abuse from...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 15, 2012

Officer in horse probe placed on paid leave

Haines Borough police chief Gary Lowe this week placed officer Cassandra McEwen on paid, administrative leave, beginning March 10. McEwen is the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 15, 2012

Domestic violence group in gear

Besides a march Friday on Main Street, the Domestic Violence Task Force in Haines is creating a moving display to bring attention to the issue and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 8, 2012

Troopers investigate cop's care of horses

The veterinarian who treated three ailing horses belonging to a Haines Borough police officer said the animals in mid-January were suffering...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 23, 2012

Briefs

Harbor policing ordinance clarified The Haines Borough Assembly last week removed the words “peace officer” from an ordinance to clarify...

 

Ordinance aims to keep peace at boat harbor

As Haines Borough harbormaster for more than a year, Ed Barrett said he’s never been physically hurt during a dispute, but he has “heard some...

 

Ordinance aims to keep peace at boat harbor

As Haines Borough harbormaster for more than a year, Ed Barrett said he’s never been physically hurt during a dispute, but he has “heard some...

 

Borough Digest

26 Mile repeater needs replacing Manager Mark Earnest informed the Haines Borough Assembly last week that a 26 Mile repeater was “down, and it...

 

Vandals are likely culprits in destruction of weather station

As if the snow gauges and meteorological equipment didn’t have enough to deal with this winter, the weather station at the Haines School suffered a...

 
 By CVN Staff    Blotter    January 26, 2012

Police Blotter

Monday, Jan. 23 Vehicles were reported for impeding snow removal near Mathias and in the area of the power plant. A caller reported the theft of jewel...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    January 12, 2012

Troopers open case into sex abuse report

Alaska State Troopers and the Haines Borough Police Department this week investigated a report of child sexual abuse. "I don’t think...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 5, 2012

House party busted; Four minors charged

Four minors were charged with underage drinking following the police bust of a party at an Allen Road residence at 3 a.m. New Year’s Day....

 

Police track footprints to rescue ill woman

Heavy snowfall may have served as a lifeline late Sunday night, as Haines Borough police officer Jason Rettinger tracked a missing...

 

Alcohol task force seeks teen members

The Haines Alcohol Task Force is sending a two-pronged message aimed at underage drinkers: Don’t drink, but if you do, act safely. "Our...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 17, 2011

Injured black bear cub put down after romp downtown

Haines Borough police put down an orphan black bear with an injured paw Thursday, after the limping cub rustled through trash cans near Main Street....

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 10, 2011

Lawmen here for wildlife investigation

Representatives of state and federal law enforcement agencies conducted searches and seized records and guiding equipment in Haines Monday in...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 10, 2011

First snow sends rigs off roads

At least eight drivers went off the road Friday and others lost control as the first measurable snowfall of the season coincided with a dramatic drop...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 10, 2011

Two officers join police force ranks

The Haines Borough Police Department went for experience when adding two officers to the team this summer. Recently hired officers John Havard and...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 10, 2011

Ford takes over temp sergeant duties

Officer Simon Ford is the Haines Borough Police Department’s acting sergeant as of this month, a temporary promotion that police chief Gary...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 3, 2011

Bow hunting in town: Legal but is it safe?

Police chief Gary Lowe said he wouldn’t seek changes in borough laws that effectively prohibit hunters from shooting big game with a rifle in...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 20, 2011

Alcohol Task Force seeking funding support

The Haines Alcohol Task Force is sending letters of support to help fund the group’s efforts. The Haines Sportsman’s Association donated...

 

Assembly rejects allowing ATVs on roads

The Haines Borough Assembly in a 3-2 vote Tuesday ditched an often-delayed ordinance that would have permitted the operation of all-terrain vehicles...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    October 13, 2011

Teens urged to attend alcohol meeting

Inviting all teens: The next meeting of the Haines Alcohol Task Force will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. We would like to invite all...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 6, 2011

ATV ordinance returns Tuesday

Members of the Haines Borough Assembly will return to the topic of all-terrain vehicles at their meeting Tuesday. A third public hearing will be held...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 6, 2011

Moose shot in townsite limits

A hunter who shot a bull moose at a local golf course Sept. 27 has been cited with discharging a firearm in the townsite. The incident near 2 Mile...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 29, 2011

Alcohol group to run messages

A task force aimed at combating alcohol abuse will launch a series of public service announcements aimed at discouraging drinking. Announcements will...

 

ATV ordinance hearing delayed once again

The Haines Borough Assembly on Sept. 13 again delayed a proposed ordinance that would permit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on borough streets...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 8, 2011

Police, troopers to step up alcohol enforcement

Haines lawmen say they’ll be taking a more aggressive approach to underage drinking as a result of a meeting last week where residents said the...

 

Task force wants to connect with youths

The first meeting of an alcohol task force Wednesday focused on connecting with youths instead of "preaching" at them. Nine residents...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 8, 2011

Police use Taser on drunk driving suspect

Haines police used a Taser on a Juneau man recently who was being uncooperative during a field sobriety test and subsequently arrested for driving...

 

Police put down problem bear

A brown bear that pushed its way into sheds and a garage was "shot several times" and killed Saturday night near the Deishu Drive senior hou...

 

Alcohol meeting draws crowd, ideas; Residents ask police for more enforcement

Speakers at a town hall meeting Wednesday called for a community-wide crackdown on drunken driving and underage drinking. Resident Heather Lende said...

 

Town hall meeting to address alcohol issues

Police chief Gary Lowe will facilitate a town hall meeting 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Chilkat Center to address alcohol abuse and misuse in...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 25, 2011

District, police wait, wonder about signs

At the state Department of Transportation shop in Haines, three-foot alders are growing between two, new, flashing road signs designating a school...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 25, 2011

Police watching for Small Tracts bear

Muddy paw prints, waist-high on the front door of the McEntire home off Small Tracts Road, may have been the death warrant for a brown bear neighbors...

 

Assembly OKs SEABA permit

The Haines Borough Assembly on Aug. 9 unanimously renewed a commercial permit for Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures (SEABA), but members said th...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 18, 2011

Borough leaders talk about youth drinking

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill, police chief Gary Lowe and manager Mark Earnest met this week to discuss youth drinking in the community. A 21-year-old...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 11, 2011

Man, 18, survives being run over at drinking party

Haines Borough Police Chief Gary Lowe said this week he did not anticipate filing charges in connection with an incident in which an 18-year-old man w...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 11, 2011

Bears prowl downtown

Police chief Gary Lowe is hoping late-summer salmon runs will draw bears away from town. The Haines Borough adopted new regulations last year aimed...

 

Former cop pleads not guilty

A former Haines Borough Police Department officer on July 28 pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony perjury. Kevin K. Kennedy, 29, allegedly lied...

 

ATV ordinance postponed until September; Police chief opposes, citing safety concerns

Adoption of a proposed ordinance to permit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on Haines Borough streets and roads has been postponed until at...

 

Man kills self in downtown home

A Haines man died Monday after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Police, emergency personnel and an Alaska State Parks ranger sta...

 

Former cop charged with felony perjury; Kennedy accused of lying about DUI

A former Haines Borough Police Department officer has been charged with perjury for allegedly lying under oath as a witness in a Haines DUI and...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 14, 2011

Hey bear, take a hike; Police encourage nuisance bruin to 'find greener pastures elsewhere'

Several calls to the Haines Borough Police Department in the past week have reported a bear that police chief Gary Lowe said is following a similar pa...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    July 7, 2011

Single car crash kills one; Alcohol suspected; 3 DUIs issued

A one-vehicle accident early on the Fourth of July killed Jonathan Michael Graham of Haines just two weeks after his 21st birthday. Graham was...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    July 7, 2011

Next ATV ordinance hearing delayed

The second public hearing for an ordinance to permit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on borough streets and roads has been set for Tuesday,...

 

Bike event policed for open containers

Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay organizers said Saturday post-race festivities drew stricter law enforcement this year, but police chief Gary...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 23, 2011

Radar sign deters speeders

Motorists earlier this month got their first glimpse of a new radar trailer that electronically displayed their speed on a sign. The trailer is meant...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 16, 2011

Police welcome new officers

Police chief Gary Lowe this week said he expects two patrol officers to join the Haines Borough Police Department next month. Whittier officer John...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 9, 2011

Rabbits on the run: Population booming

Burgeoning numbers of feral rabbits are munching local gardens and prompting calls to borough and animal control officials. Some residents, however,...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 2, 2011

Doggone it! Burglars steal 2 dogs at HARK

Two apparent pranksters squeezed through a pet door to nab two dogs from the Haines Animal Rescue Kennel last week, then took the animals to a party,...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 26, 2011

ATVs on local roads? Borough gets request

The Haines Borough Assembly next month is expected to introduce an ordinance that would permit all-terrain vehicles to operate on borough streets and...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 12, 2011

Discrepancies in DUI enforcement

When is a DUI not a DUI? That’s a question some residents are asking in the wake of recent court cases in Haines, where the scales of justice...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    April 28, 2011

Marchers showed town values respect

SEARHC would like to thank everyone who participated in the “Choose Respect” march that was held on March 31. Your presence made a stateme...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 14, 2011

Joel resigns police post

Officer Jason Joel resigned from the Haines Borough Police Department effective April 4. Joel served in the department five years and said this week...

 

Residents join march against abuse

About 30 people marched down Main Street on Thursday, urging Alaskans to “Choose Respect.” “Our march represented taking a stand...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 31, 2011

Mayor named in CIA lawsuit; Fired administrator seeking $100K

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill demanded police chief Gary Lowe arrest Chilkoot Indian Association administrator Jim Carnahan at the tribal office last...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 23, 2011

Public squeezed out at assembly meeting; Chambers doesn't hold half turnout

The Haines Borough Assembly needs a new home or improvements to its current chambers, leaders said after Tuesday’s meeting, where more than 40...

 

Police hope to revive reserves

The Haines Borough Police Department is seeking applicants for the reactivation of its volunteer reserve police officer program. Reserve officers...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 10, 2011

Local officers reel in wanted 'street preacher'

A phalanx of local peace officers on Tuesday arrested an Oregon man wanted there on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and violating a domestic...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    December 2, 2010

Chief: Bear shooting followed procedures

Haines police were criticized when a garbage bear shot at the Haines School Oct. 25 escaped into nearby woods, but police department chief Gary Lowe...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 18, 2010

Haines man arrested at border for 'Ecstasy'

An 18-year-old Haines man was charged in federal court last week on a felony drug complaint that he attempted to bring 800 pills of the drug...

 

Shot bear escapes near school

Haines Borough Police Chief Gary Lowe this week defended the actions of an officer who shot a brown bear near the Haines School early Monday morning...

 

Bear ordinance targets garbage

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday adopted a bear attraction nuisance ordinance that targets garbage but does not address fruit trees or livestock. H...

 

'Bear-proof,' fruit trees at issue in bear ordinance hearing

The Haines Borough assembly on Oct. 12 advanced a proposed bear attraction nuisance ordinance to a second public hearing, but members said they still...

 

Button tour permit denied again

The Haines Borough assembly again has declined to issue a commercial tour permit to Dave Button of Eco Orca. Button on Oct. 12 referred to Chilean...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 14, 2010

Borough works toward winter school route off highway

  Haines Borough officials are planning to buy a snowblower and build a new trail to improve safety for students walking near the school. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 7, 2010

Hearing set on bear ordinance

The Haines Borough assembly will hold a first public hearing on a proposed bear attraction nuisance at its Tuesday meeting. Residents can be fined up...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 23, 2010

Police: Beware phone scams

Haines Borough police chief Gary Lowe is warning residents of scams that have twice in recent months defrauded older residents. In both incidents, a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 19, 2010

State takes 2nd look at intersection after cycle crash

The state is looking at shoulder improvements or more asphalt at the intersection of Front Street and Lutak Road after a motorcycle crashed there...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 5, 2010

'Bear summit' aims at educating residents

The Haines Borough will host a "bear summit" to discuss issues surrounding a high number of bears around townsite residences in recent...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 22, 2010

Bear control: Group wants garbage law Issue will go to assembly Tuesday

In the wake of continuing police call-outs for bears in garbage, some residents are pushing the Haines Borough to adopt tougher regulations on...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 22, 2010

Borough workers get 3 percent-plus raise

The Haines Borough Assembly last week unanimously approved a three-year contract with its employees’ union, including an immediate 3 percent...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 15, 2010

Police: Taser works on downtown bears But officer needs cover for safe use

 Local police have added a Taser to their tools for chasing off bears, but say there are limits on its use. Last year, Sgt. Jason Joel was at a...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 8, 2010

Drunken driving, fights punctuate dual holidays

Calls about a street fight on Main Street and a felony assault at a motel twice brought out the entire Haines Borough police force during the holiday...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 8, 2010

Motorized bikes raise concerns

Haines Borough police will enforce traffic violations by motorized bicycles, chief Gary Lowe told the assembly June 22. The issue was raised by assemb...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 10, 2010

Fair gets borough funds for hall work Last-minute budget plea nets $175K

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved its $11.7 million budget for the coming year, including a $175,000 appropriation to the Southeast Alas...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 10, 2010

Former butcher joins Haines police force

A familiar face from behind the meat counter is the new man behind the badge. Simon Ford, who has worked here five years as a grocery store butcher,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 3, 2010

Boy, 14, drowns within view of crowds at PC Dock beach

Haines Borough officials were scheduling a meeting this week among emergency responders, social workers, and school officials to make sure witnesses...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 27, 2010

'Gentlemen's agreement' at Chilkoot?

A dispute between tour operators and lodge owners Fred and Sue Folletti about the use of Chilkoot River Road which flared last summer hasn’t...