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Headline gave the wrong impression

It is always okay to say no. Last week the CVN ran an article headlined “Sex Education: You can’t always just say no.” The article accurately...

 
 By John Stang    News    November 10, 2016

Public safety workers train for shooter incident

A cursing gunman sprinted up the stairs to a second-story meeting. As he burst into the room, one person ran. The rest threw stuff at him, shoved a...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    August 25, 2016

Two new teachers for Haines, Klukwan schools

The Haines Borough School District and the Chatham School District each have hired two new teachers for the 2016-17 school year. Alex Van Wyhe is the...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    August 25, 2016

Haines opens with 241students; Klukwan School at 12

Students have returned to schools in Haines and Klukwan. The Haines Borough School District opened its doors for the 2016-2017 school year Tuesday....

 

Habra seeks mentoring help

Tony Habra, the new superintendent for the Haines Borough School District, asked at Thursday’s meeting for the school board’s input and opinions...

 

Erekson in assembly race

Haines Borough School District bookkeeper Judy Erekson this week submitted her paperwork to run for assembly, joining incumbent Diana Lapham and...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    August 11, 2016

College group meets Tuesday

Greg Podsiki is leading the charge to rally community support for a college in Haines. Podsiki, a 37-year resident, believes a small college or...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 4, 2016

New police chief adjusting to town's 'uniqueness'

Haines is a long way from Washington, D.C., and Haines Borough Police Chief Heath Scott has spent the last three weeks “getting used to the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 28, 2016

New school chief shares views, outlook on job

New Haines Borough School Superintendent Anthony Habra said disagreement with a board that kept “Redskins” as its school mascot factored into leav...

 

Budgets take hit of $265K

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s last-minute education cuts will cost Haines about $265,000, but most of that will be borne by the Haines Borough, not the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 14, 2016

Planners: No to land sale request

The Haines Borough’s coveted lot at the corner of Third Avenue and Main Street will remain in public hands, for now. The Planning Commission last we...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 30, 2016

Board upholds non-retention of kindergarten teacher

An informal hearing on a decision by the Haines Borough School Board to not renew the contract of kindergarten teacher Sue Ackerman took on the tenor...

 

Community supports school activities

A long overdue “thank you” to the entire Haines Borough. This community will step up and support extracurricular school activities faster than a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 16, 2016

Something's fishy about town's new crosswalks

When asked how he would respond to critics of the Haines Borough’s new decorated crosswalks, outgoing public works director Ralph Borders said,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 9, 2016

School board OKs $4.85 million budget

The Haines Borough School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved its $4.85 million general fund budget for the coming year, which includes some recent...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 9, 2016

Hearings set on wood chip heat proposal

The Haines Borough School Board will meet at 7 p.m. on July 14 to hear a detailed presentation and ask questions about a proposal by borough consultan...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 2, 2016

Biomass plan shifts from pellets to chips

The Haines Borough’s plan to install wood-fired boilers in its public facilities took two big steps forward recently, conceptually and financially....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 19, 2016

Police chief hire in the works

By Karen Garcia Haines Borough interim manager Brad Ryan has offered the police chief position to one of the three candidates who visited town last...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 12, 2016

Teacher seeks district's apology in dismissal

The Haines Borough School Board will hold an “informal non-retention hearing” starting 6 p.m. June 28 to consider the dismissal of kindergarten...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 7, 2016

School workers feel sting of insurance cost hike

A 24 percent increase in insurance costs for Haines Borough School District personnel will fall hard on aides and other non-teaching staff, whose...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 7, 2016

Carlson: School savings will last 2 more years

School board members started discussing cuts that might be forced two years from now during a budget meeting March 29, where interim superintendent Ri...

 
 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 Tom Morphet    News    March 24, 2016

District cuts technology position

One year after the Haines Borough School Board committed to $125,000 in high-tech classroom upgrades and $75,000 annually in lease fees, it has...

 

Proud to be part of Hotch tournament

Chilkat Valley Preschool volunteer parents ran the concession stand at the Dick Hotch Memorial Basketball Tournament. This was an exciting community...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 10, 2016

Schools forecast $269K deficit

Anticipating a 17-student drop in enrollment, the Haines Borough School District is projecting a $269,000 shortfall in its $4.93 million budget for...

 

School budget schedule, calendar set

Haines School Board members will get their first look at a draft budget for the coming year at a committee meeting set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the hi...

 

Juneau firm to look at school roof again

Silver Bow Construction of Juneau will return to Haines in warmer weather to again look at Haines School’s leaky roof, a puzzle that has defied...

 

Duly Noted

Haines High School senior Autumn Gross was recently named “Student of the Year” by the Alaska Society for Technology and Education. ASTE...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 25, 2016

Michigan man new school superintendent

Anthony Habra, who worked the last six years heading up small-town school districts in Michigan, this week signed an agreement for a three-year...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 18, 2016

Ferry study draws mixed response

Alaska legislators this week gave varying views of a McDowell Group report that found a return of $2.50 in economic benefits for every state dollar sp...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 18, 2016

Superintendent finalists to meet public Tuesday

The Haines Borough School District could have a new superintendent hired in just a few days. Three finalists for the job are scheduled to arrive here...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 11, 2016

Superintendent candidates down to 3

Following about five hours of closed-door meetings to “compare and contrast” candidates, the Haines Borough School Board on Wednesday narrowed to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 4, 2016

Superintendent job draws 21 applicants

Twenty-one people have applied to be superintendent of the Haines Borough School District, but the public will get to know the identities of only a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 4, 2016

Assembly to review Mosquito Lake School agreement

Haines Borough interim manager Brad Ryan and highway residents are endorsing an agreement for shared management of the former Mosquito Lake School....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 4, 2016

Carlson: District's budget not bright

The Haines Borough School District’s finances aren’t as rosy as some might think, interim superintendent Rich Carlson said this week. Carlson,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 21, 2016

School savings: $903K

The Haines Borough School Board last week heard the district is carrying a general fund balance of $906,000. Carlson said the amount was “hefty,”...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 7, 2016

CVN's 1st edition published 50 years ago this week

Ray Menaker, a 43-year-old Haines High School French teacher, and Bill Hartmann, a 17-year-old student, launched the town’s newspaper 50 years ago...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 17, 2015

Year marked by citizen involvement

Heightened citizen participation marked 2015, a year in which residents challenged municipal leaders on a range of issues, and seemingly small...

 

Carlson on job until July

The Haines Borough School District last week unanimously approved a contract addendum with interim superintendent Rich Carlson that will pay him...

 

McPhetres remembered as gracious, hard-working

A memorial service will be held Dec. 28 in Juneau for Steve McPhetres, a former Haines school...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 3, 2015

Superintendent search extended

The Haines Borough School Board voted unanimously Monday to extend its search for a new superintendent after hearing that the two candidates that met...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 3, 2015

Joint proposal for senior center

Two nonprofits have reached an agreement that would allow both seniors and preschoolers use of the Haines Senior Center, but it will be up to the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 12, 2015

Community foundation gives $18K to 14 nonprofits

The Chilkat Valley Community Foundation awarded more than $18,000 to 14 local nonprofits this week, including to new applicant the Haines Avalanche...

 

Hurt feelings started with false promises

After reading Mr. Brian Elliott’s letter to the paper this week and reading Mr. Tom Morphet’s article regarding the Chilkat Valley Preschool, I...

 

CVP board grateful for school site effort

We wish to extend our gratitude to the teachers, board, staff and administrators of the Haines Borough School District for the effort put forth to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 5, 2015

Board drops plan for preschool

In a decision fraught with tears and recriminations, the Haines Borough School Board voted 5-2 Monday against moving forward with a memorandum of...

 

Would 17 students impact school

So let me get this straight: In spring 2015 the Haines Borough School District superintendent and the school board unanimously agreed to allow the...

 

Editorial

Before we go any further in discussions of the Haines Animal Rescue Kennel, Senior Center or Chilkat Valley Preschool or get into the proposed or...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 29, 2015

Vote on preschool Monday

A proposed agreement between the Haines Borough School District and Chilkat Valley Preschool to site the preschool program at the Haines School...

 

Teachers left out of preschool decision

An article in the Oct. 8 issue of the CVN gives details that the school board president “...didn’t want discussion of the (preschool) issue in...

 

Editorial

It’s time to do away with the Chilkat Valley Preschool and have the Haines Borough School District start offering a preschool program to area...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 8, 2015

Teachers, staff oppose siting preschool at Haines School

At Tuesday’s Haines Borough School Board meeting, teachers lined up against siting the Chilkat Valley Preschool in the Haines School, saying it...

 

Municipal election on Tuesday

Voters, take note: The town’s polling location for Election Day, Tuesday, Oct. 6, has moved from the American Bald Eagle Foundation to the Chilkat...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 1, 2015

School board candidates provide views on issues

Two current members and one newcomer are seeking three seats on the Haines Borough School Board in Tuesday’s municipal election. Candidates were...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 1, 2015

Superintendent pay to be advertised up to $115,000

Haines Borough School Board members agreed to offer a salary range of $105,000-$115,000 for a 260-day contract for its next superintendent Tuesday,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 24, 2015

Publisher, community leader Ray Menaker dead at 93

Ray Menaker, an Ivy League-educated school teacher and Haines Borough Assembly member who founded...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 10, 2015

Agreement on use of highway school bogs down

A citizens group is continuing efforts to use Mosquito Lake School as a community center, but progress was disrupted by the departure of Bill...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 3, 2015

District seeks input for superintendent hire

If no one in the pool of finalists for the school’s superintendent job measures up to the school board’s expectations for the position,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 3, 2015

Duty contract settles issue of janitor pay

The Haines Borough School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved an “extra duty contract” that would allow the district to pay for head custodian...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 3, 2015

Wilson, Gross, Chapell to seek school board seats

Inez Gross, operations supervisor at First National Bank Alaska, has joined two incumbents in the fall election to fill three seats on the Haines...

 

New Haines School teachers bring diversity of experience

In addition to new superintendent Rich Carlson, the Haines Borough School District hired 10 new teachers this year. Four are profiled in this...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 20, 2015

School board approves teachers' contract

After a 45-minute executive session, the Haines Borough School Board Tuesday accepted a revised contract with the local teachers’ union. The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 13, 2015

Court Report

Deina R. Davis, 34, pleaded guilty July 7 to committing second-degree harassment on Feb. 11. Police received a report Davis had slapped a minor. An...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 16, 2015

School board rejects contract change, hires Carlson

The Haines Borough School Board on Monday narrowly rejected an amendment to the district’s union contract that would have allowed aides and others...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 9, 2015

Carlson offered superintendent job

The Haines Borough School Board on Monday voted to offer Rich Carlson of Juneau a six-month contract to serve in the position of temporary interim sup...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 9, 2015

Board OKs $4.8 million budget

The Haines Borough School Board on June 29 approved a $4.8 million general fund budget for the coming year that includes borrowing at least $152,000...

 

School to see 10 new teachers

Haines Borough School District students and teachers take note: Summer vacation is half over. Teachers are due back Aug. 13 and students will attend...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 25, 2015

No penalty for Jewell breaking contract

The Haines Borough School Board considered but chose not to pursue a penalty against departing superintendent Ginger Jewell for breaking a three-year...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 18, 2015

Lemcke: Don't expect long-term fix from $52K in roof repairs

The Haines School roof isn’t one, but several roofs that have been replaced at different times using at least three different kinds of coverings....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 5, 2015

Jewell's evaluation in progress

During a two-hour executive session Tuesday, Haines Borough School Board members started an evaluation of superintendent Ginger Jewell. Jewell holds...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 28, 2015

Assembly OKs $12 million budget including lobbyist, tax increase

Although two of its six members were absent Tuesday, the Haines Borough Assembly passed the municipality’s roughly $12 million spending plan for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 28, 2015

Haines teachers reject negotiated contract offer

By an 80 percent margin, Haines Borough teachers last week voted to reject a compensation proposal negotiated between union representatives and the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 28, 2015

Meeting Tuesday will decide school computer issue

The Haines Borough School Board is scheduled to make a decision on its “Engaging the Future” computer initiative Tuesday, June 2. The meeting...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015

Brain issues among concerns at tech 'open house'

“Engaging the Future,” an initiative that would expand availability of computers at the Haines School, including lower grades, came under the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 21, 2015

Preschool to discuss fate of donations

Chilkat Valley Preschool board members will meet during a finance committee meeting May 28 and discuss what will come of about $100,000 the group...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 14, 2015

School board OKs plan to house preschool

What a difference a year can make. In spring 2014, Chilkat Valley Preschool officials were so discouraged by the Haines Borough School District’s...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 30, 2015

Ratings website says school district #1 in Alaska

Haines Borough School District officials this week said they were flattered – and a bit surprised – by an Internet-based company ranking the...

 

Borough budget boosted $125K

The Haines Borough expects to receive an estimated $125,000 in additional money for next year’s budget following recent Congressional...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 16, 2015

Computer initiative stirs school board discussion

At a Tuesday budget workshop, Haines Borough School Board members questioned a technology initiative supported by the district’s administration...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 16, 2015

Supporters: Keep highway school open 2 days weekly

Friends of Mosquito Lake School and Community Center is asking the Haines Borough to spend an additional $9,400 per year to keep the facility open...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 9, 2015

Legislature cutting local jobs, services

The Haines Division of Forestry office was apparently eliminated and the future of public radio funding and the ferry schedule hanged in the balance...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 2, 2015

Legislator: Repeal program that funds artworks

The Alaska Legislature is considering eliminating a program that paid for much of the public art around Haines and provided work for local artists...

 

District seeks $283K budget cut

The Haines Borough School Board on Tuesday looked at ways of reducing a $283,000 projected deficit in its draft operating budget for the coming year....

 

Editorial

It’s good for the Haines Borough to mandate an application and review process for non-profits to qualify for a community service property tax...

 

School jobs move ahead

Haines Borough School Board members last week agreed to advertise new positions in the district, although decisions to fund them have not yet been...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 5, 2015

Board waits on 3 new school jobs

The Haines Borough School Board Tuesday balked at a request by superintendent Ginger Jewell to advertise three, new full-time positions with the...

 

Duly Noted

Friends and family gathered Feb. 14 for a celebration of the 95th birthday of John Schnabel, held at the Fort Seward Lodge. Grandson Parker Schnabel,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 19, 2015

Highway schools at crossroads

Haines Borough Manager David Sosa directed Mosquito Lake School advocates in December to describe the future of the school in relation to Klukwan...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 12, 2015

Sosa: Reduce school support, Manager recommends $74K cut to district

Haines Borough Manager David Sosa released details of his forthcoming budget this week, including a recommendation to cut $74,000 of school district...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 5, 2015

District ups Stickler pay for principal work

The Haines Borough School Board Tuesday voted unanimously to restore principal Cheryl Stickler’s salary to the same amount she received last year,...

 

School produces surplus for district

Mosquito Lake School is a gem of a school. I hope to see it re-open its doors in fall 2015. This small school model is a valuable, alternative choice...

 

Duly Noted

Chad Bieberich and Sylvia Heinz were married Jan. 24 at their Chilkat State Park Road property. The weather cleared for the ceremony, which was...

 

Mosquito Lake advocates say they have 6 students

Advocates for Mosquito Lake School this week said they had six students committed to attending the school next year, but haven’t abandoned hope of r...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 22, 2015

Gym open three mornings

The Haines Borough School District has opened the Karl Ward Gym, weight room and showers from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays....

 

Join effort to save highway school

Thank you to all who have supported Mosquito Lake School. This is an exciting time for everyone who is interested in the future of the school...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 22, 2015

Decision on sale of school delayed

The Haines Borough likely won’t be selling Mosquito Lake School this summer, manager David Sosa said this week, after withdrawing his request last...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 15, 2015

School Board: Keep Mosquito Lake School

Following testimony by a half-dozen upper highway residents, the Haines Borough School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to oppose putting up for sale Mosquito...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 8, 2015

Mosquito Lake School on two meeting agendas

Friends of Mosquito Lake School and Community Center say they’ll take their case to two Haines Borough meetings next week, including a Jan. 15...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 18, 2014

Crime, weather left mark on 2014

The Haines Borough, its school and police department, came under new management in 2014, a year marked by lopsided weather patterns, infrastructure...

 

Mosquito Lake School reopen may cost $160K

Reopening the Mosquito Lake School building may involve more than unlocking the door and turning up the heat. Haines Borough public facilities...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 11, 2014

Residents rally to keep school building

Saying they were shocked to recently learn that the Haines Borough might sell Mosquito Lake School, upper valley residents – including young parents...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 4, 2014

School board taps Tiffany DeWitt, Mike Wilson

Following a 20-minute closed-door session to “compare and contrast” candidates, the Haines Borough School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to appoi...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 13, 2014

District seeks tighter budgeting

The Haines Borough School District is changing how it budgets, aiming for greater transparency and accountability. Under new superintendent Ginger...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 6, 2014

Board OKs Fontenot leave, travel funds

The Haines Borough School Board Tuesday approved new, matching funding for student travel to state competitions, and one year’s unpaid leave for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 6, 2014

Preschool to seek extension on move

Still far away from a fundraising goal of $200,000, board members of the Chilkat Valley Preschool Monday agreed to seek a one-year extension of its...

 

Applicants sought for 2 school board seats

A vacant seat on the Haines Borough School Board is now two. The board recently advertised to fill a seat vacated by outgoing member Brenda...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 30, 2014

With clock ticking, preschool weighs options for site

With time running out to vacate their Haines Borough-owned building by June 30, the board of the Chilkat Valley Preschool will meet 6 p.m. Monday,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 30, 2014

Egan, Williams vie to represent Haines in Senate

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

 

Editorial

The Haines Borough should scrap hiring an economic development director and hire a grant writer instead. There’s been no public outcry for another d...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 9, 2014

School extends paid vacations

The Haines Borough School Board voted 5-2 Tuesday to give as much as six weeks of annual paid vacation leave to three janitorial and maintenance...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 2, 2014

School board candidates give views of district

Incumbents Anne Marie Palmieri and Brian Clay are unopposed as they seek re-election to three-year terms on the Haines Borough School Board. A third,...

 

Editorial

It’s not this newspaper’s practice to tell residents how to vote, but because the Haines Borough has made only marginal efforts to promote passage...

 

Editorial

Turnout at Saturday night’s Chilkat Valley Preschool fundraiser suggests there’s broad support for a new preschool building in Haines. So why not...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 18, 2014

Replacing school roof questioned

A local contractor who worked as foreman on a Haines High School roof replacement in 1999 this week questioned a proposed $1.4 million bond for replac...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 4, 2014

School board frets bond approval

Expressing concerns about voter approval of $3.9 million in pending school bonds, Haines Borough School Board members Tuesday took steps toward a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 4, 2014

Board rejects digital meeting packet

The Haines Borough School Board on Tuesday almost voted to do away with printed meeting packets, before getting hung up on the question of providing...

 

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...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 28, 2014

New staff at school bring wide experience

Greg Brittenham, a nationally recognized conditioning coach who worked 20 years for the New York Knicks, will be leading physical education classes...

 

Meal program sign-up needed

The Haines Borough School District reminds parents they need to register their students for free or reduced-charge meals. Parents can fill out a...

 
 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,...

 

School board on Tuesday

The Haines Borough School Board will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the Haines School library. The meeting will be the first regular meeting with...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 3, 2014

Removal of books, supplies at school spurs concern

The recent removal of textbooks, library books, art supplies and furniture from Mosquito Lake School won’t diminish the likelihood of the school...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 19, 2014

District staff get paid vacation

On a 4-1 vote, the Haines Borough School Board Tuesday approved a combined $12,000 in paid vacation time and raises for two school district office...

 
 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 Tom Morphet    News    May 29, 2014

School board will consider budget, contract

The Haines Borough School Board meets 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Haines School library. Its agenda includes discussion of a proposed agreement with the tea...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 15, 2014

Techie living abroad is board's choice for superintendent

The Haines Borough School Board last week voted to offer its superintendent position to Virginia...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 8, 2014

Sen. Stedman's views on session

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 8, 2014

Four to vie for school chief job on Friday

Haines Borough School Board members this week learned via the Internet that one of their four finalists for the superintendent job isn’t quite what...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 8, 2014

District wants more borough help

Citing district figures that show the Haines Borough’s contribution to local schools is at 2009 levels, members of the school board at a Tuesday...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 1, 2014

Board names 4 finalists for superintendent position

School board president Anne Marie Palmieri said this week a new school superintendent could be hired as soon as the end of next week, but the...

 

Homeschooled students are learning

I would like to respond to the letter to the editor titled, “Are homeschooled students learning?” that was published in the April 10 edition of...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 17, 2014

Revitalize this: Large, empty and downtown

This is the first in a series of articles about the emptying of the town’s core. Stories in coming weeks will include the role of government in...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 17, 2014

School to hire 'dean of students'

Under a staffing plan that responds to the departure of vice-principal Michelle Byer, the Haines Borough School Board Monday approved hire of a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 10, 2014

Purpose vexes downtown group

The Haines Borough Downtown Revitalization Committee March 27 voted to adorn the corner of Third Avenue and Main Street with picnic tables and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 3, 2014

Superintendent finalist bows out

The Haines Borough School District is again shopping for a superintendent. The district’s lone finalist for the job, Ted VanBronkhorst of Unalakleet...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 27, 2014

District down to a single finalist

Following the Wrangell school district’s hire of Jay Thomas, the Haines Borough School Board is down to a single finalist for its superintendent job...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 20, 2014

School superintendent hire looms

The Haines Borough School Board is hoping to select a new superintendent by March 29. A hiring committee of board members and school officials that...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 13, 2014

School board votes to close Mosquito Lake

The Haines Borough School Board voted 6-0 Tuesday to close the Mosquito Lake School. Member Brian Clay abstained. No members of the public testified o...

 

Top speller stumped by 'dorcastry' at bee

The spelling of the word “dorcastry” tripped seventh-grader Tailer Olsson of Haines at the Alaska 2014 State Spelling Bee Feb. 28. Olsson, 13, was...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 6, 2014

Borough pursues bonds for school

Acting as a combined body, the Haines Borough Assembly and school board voted Tuesday to begin a process that could put $6.94 million in school...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 20, 2014

School board to seek maximum support from borough

Facing declining enrollment and state foundation funding that hasn’t increased for several years, the Haines School Board will be seeking the...

 

Borough, district OK air-handler project

With recent approval of an additional $70,000 from school district coffers, the Haines Borough is going ahead with a $350,000 replacement of three...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 6, 2014

Michael Byer resigns after 7 years

Haines Borough School District Superintendent Michael Byer will be leaving at the end of the school year. Byer, who started with the district in...

 
 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...

 

Board lukewarm to site plan

An idea to site a modular Chilkat Valley Preschool building on the Haines School grounds received a lukewarm reception at Tuesday’s school board...

 

Mosquito Lake School survey due next week

A survey about the future of Mosquito Lake School was scheduled to go out late this week, with a one-week deadline for return. The survey, developed...

 
 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...

 

Workers should pay their way at pool

Haines is fortunate to have a swimming pool, despite being a small community. As is periodically noted, the pool is an expensive facility, but it...

 

Duly Noted

Corvus Bruce Rodney Benassi was born 2:31 a.m. Saturday at Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital to parents Cassie Miller and Josh Benassi. He weighed...

 

Editorial

The Haines Borough School Board should be commended for Tuesday’s meeting at Mosquito Lake School, an exercise in creative democracy and a model for...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 16, 2014

Sewer plant at top of borough's wish list

The Haines Borough’s capital requests “wish list” to the Alaska Legislature for the 2015 fiscal year looks about the same as last year’s...

 
 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...

 

No overseas calls on phone bill

The Haines Borough School District apparently won’t be billed for as many as 74 hours of long-distance calls overseas to places including Serbia...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 5, 2013

Enrollment at Mosquito Lake at 6 students

Haines Borough School Board members heard Tuesday that attendance at Mosquito Lake School has dropped to six students, adding urgency to concerns...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 28, 2013

Hackers accessed voice mail

A caller who apparently hacked the Haines Borough School District’s phone system may have accessed the system through a default password to an...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 21, 2013

Mosquito Lake enrollment short

An official count of only nine students at Mosquito Lake School will reduce state funding for the Haines Borough School District and will prompt...

 

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...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 12, 2013

Local schools scored

Three of four schools in the Haines Borough School District ranked in the top half under the state’s new ranking system, called the Alaska School...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 5, 2013

Board open to options for upping enrollment

The Haines Borough School District is committed to keeping the Mosquito Lake School open this year, but superintendent Michael Byer made no promises...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 5, 2013

Board ranks Byer 'excellent overall'

Haines Borough School Superintendent Michael Byer received an “excellent overall rating” following a closed-door, verbal evaluation Aug. 13 that...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 22, 2013

School district's numbers up

Classes started Tuesday for the Haines Borough School District, with an enrollment of about 263 students, 10 more than were projected last year,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 22, 2013

Teacher recruits have wide histories

Four teachers representing a wide diversity of life and teaching experiences have joined the staff of the Haines Borough School District for the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 22, 2013

Tighten access to public records?

The Haines Borough Assembly last week introduced an ordinance that would restrict public access to employee evaluations and applications for borough...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 15, 2013

Turnover chronic for music program

How can the Haines School build longevity in its music program? The question has resurfaced since the June 28 resignation of Kristina Mulready, who...

 

Editorial

The Haines Borough should sell Main Street property sought for a new, 50-room hotel, as it has failed to develop a plan for the site in the five...

 

Editorial

Between the school district’s recently approved raises of $87,300 and $151,000 in raises and benefits likely to go to Haines Borough employees next...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 27, 2013

Culbeck cleared of conflict

Haines Borough attorney Brooks Chandler says assistant to the manager Darsie Culbeck should not be prohibited from working for an exploratory mining...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 27, 2013

Teachers, staff secure raises

The Haines Borough School Board on June 13 approved employee contracts that include a 2 percent raise for teachers and other district employees and a...

 

Let Patty Brown teach science

The No Child Left Behind Act calls for our children to be taught by teachers that are “highly qualified” in the field they teach. Our president...

 

Duly Noted

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 30, 2013

School officials back federal law waiver

Haines Borough School District officials this week hailed a recent waiver for Alaska from federal school accountability standards under the No Child...

 

Principal's award was a team effort

In response to the award I have recently received, I am compelled to acknowledge my teammates who tirelessly serve our school community. As you are...

 

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...

 

Editorial

We’re publishing a story this week on Haines Borough fund balances to shed light on an element of the annual budgeting process that doesn’t get...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 9, 2013

School board OKs $6.5 million

The Haines Borough School Board on Tuesday approved its spending plan for the coming year, including $5.5 million in general fund spending plus $1 mil...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Kreiss-Tomkins: Session 'depressing' experience

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 18, 2013

District identifies $250K in cuts

Haines Borough School Board members debated budgeting strategies at a workshop Monday that at times became pointed. At issue is a projected $435,000... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 18, 2013

Kitayama, Silkman to leave district

Two elementary teachers at the Haines School recently resigned. Jeanne Kitayama, who has been working part-time as early literacy coordinator for the... Full story

 

DOT extends season for studded tires

Two elementary teachers at the Haines School recently resigned. Jeanne Kitayama, who has been working part-time as early literacy coordinator for the... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 4, 2013

Budget hearings begin Tuesday

It’s budget season again, and the Haines Borough has set its schedule for a series of public meetings residents concerned about how the borough... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 4, 2013

School district expects shortfall

The Haines Borough School Board will hold a budget workshop 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Haines School library to address a shortfall currently projected at... Full story

 

Leaks close swim pool up to two weeks

The Haines pool closed Tuesday and may be closed as long as two weeks to address leaking from its locker room to the Haines High School locker rooms...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 21, 2013

Prices push produce effort

The rising cost of local produce has prompted Whiterock Nursery to offer more edibles and to plant two months earlier in the year. The company also...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 14, 2013

School tightening security measures

Haines School administrators have tightened security measures and are taking other precautions in the wake of school shootings elsewhere in the...

 

School briefs

Meal eligibility count met The Haines Borough School District is again eligible to receive federal funding for its after-school “sack supper”...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 7, 2013

School ventilators at end of service life

Air-exchange units in Haines High School’s relocated art room that are loud and interfering with teaching need to be replaced, according to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 24, 2013

Crash knocks out electric

A Haines Borough grader struck a power pole on Deishu Drive Monday morning, knocking out electricity areawide for about 10 minutes. Carlos Jimenez,...

 
 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...

 

Police Report

Monday, Jan. 21 A woman reported continuing harassment from another woman who repeatedly calls to insult her. The caller requested the situation be...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 17, 2013

School expects enrollment to drop 11 percent

Haines Borough School District Superintendent Michael Byer is projecting an 11 percent drop in enrollment for the coming school year, but told the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 20, 2012

2012: The Year in Review

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 20, 2012

Kreiss-Tomkins makes 4-day Haines visit

State representative-elect Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins visited Haines this week. His four-day visit included playing in community hockey games and...

 
 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 Tom Morphet    News    December 13, 2012

School spending on toddlers?

How far should the Haines Borough School District go in preparing children to enter kindergarten? That question was at the center of a school board...

 

$619K for projects

A $50,000 lift for wrestling mats heads a $619,112 list of planned capital expenditures in a budget revision approved unanimously last week by the...

 

Borough, district sort project costs

An upcoming engineer’s evaluation at the Haines School is aimed at determining whether a ventilation system in the school’s relocated art room...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 29, 2012

Eligibility numbers threaten 'sack supper'

A declining number of Haines School students qualifying for free or reduced-charge meals could spell the end of a popular “sack supper” program...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 22, 2012

School considers art room noise

Making the Haines School art room quieter may cost the school district up to $214,000. The district last year moved art instruction from a specially...

 

District's attorney OK'd process

On Oct. 29, the Haines Borough School Board was required to fill a vacancy for Seat D. This is the second year in a row that the borough election...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 1, 2012

Grade school wins improvement honor

Special education students in Haines Elementary School have improved test scores by 30 percent in the past two years, netting the Haines Borough...

 

Kelly led school district to solvency

Ten years ago Carol Kelly was first elected to the Haines school board. At that time the district was virtually bankrupt, could not pay their bills,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 25, 2012

School to offer late afternoon 'sack supper'

Beginning next month, the afternoon bell will mean suppertime at the Haines School. The Haines Borough School Board voted last week to approve a...

 

Community Education gearing up

“Tlingit Halibut Hooks” and “Basic Digital Photography” are among upcoming classes offered through Haines Community Education, the evening...

 
 By Eileen McIver    News    October 25, 2012

Literacy program marks 1st year

The Haines Borough School District will adapt its early-childhood literacy program to accommodate for a shift in staffing. The program was launched a...

 

School missed opportunity with Gulick

After meeting Amy Gulick and attending her presentation at Harriett Hall, I am saddened that all students in the Haines Borough School District were...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 11, 2012

Legislative candidates talk education

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

 

Baffled by school district decision

I am proud of our community and inspired by the amazing staging of “Oklahoma!” by Hainesites of all ages at the Chilkat Center for the Arts. Our...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 4, 2012

District finds photographer 'controversial'

The Haines Borough School District steered a presentation by nature photographer Amy Gulick to two classrooms instead of a school-wide assembly after...

 

School was overbilled $225K for electric

Alaska Power and Telephone has overbilled the Haines Borough School District $225,057 for electricity. The error that caused the overbilling dates to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 27, 2012

Three candidates vie for 4 seats on school board

Three candidates are running unopposed for the Haines Borough School Board. A fourth seat open on the board that has attracted no candidates will be...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 27, 2012

Candidate shortage not uncommon in Southeast

Some Haines School Board members have pointed to the state’s financial disclosure requirements as reasons for apparent low interest in recent...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 13, 2012

Sockeye a hit at school lunch

Primary students at Haines School may not know a lot, but they know what they like, and this week that included the school’s teriyaki sockeye...

 

Local fish on school menu Tuesday

Local fish will make its inaugural appearance on the Haines Borough School District’s lunch menu Tuesday. The plan is for it to be served once each...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 6, 2012

School board to hear Brown's grievance

Haines Borough School Board will hear a grievance from veteran teacher Patty Brown 7 p.m. Monday at the Haines School. Brown, who has worked 17 years...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 23, 2012

District enrollment drops 8 percent

As of Tuesday’s first day of classes, 280 students enrolled in Haines Borough School District schools, an 8 percent drop that would qualify the dist...

 
 By Niki Ritzinger    News    August 16, 2012

Pare school board to 5 members?

Should the Haines Borough School District reduce its school board membership from seven to five? The question was raised at Tuesday’s board meeting,...

 

Haines schools make AYP

All four programs within the Haines Borough School District met the adequate yearly progress goals set by the federal government’s No Child Left...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 2, 2012

Bad slab jacked gym job cost

Unexpected, asbestos-laden materials and flaws in an original, concrete slab pushed up the cost of replacing the school’s gym floor $134,000,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 19, 2012

Byer receives "excellent' from boatd

Haines Borough school superintendent Michael Byer received a nearly perfect score from school board members during his annual evaluation June 28. The...

 

Secures schools money comes through: $359K

The Haines Borough expects to receive about $359,000 in secure schools funding, following passage this week of the federal transportation bill. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 5, 2012

Teachers drop option for contract changes

The Haines teachers’ union won’t seek additional pay or benefit increases this year. As part of a two-year contract negotiated last year, the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 5, 2012

District says savings may buffer enrollment drop

Haines Borough School District will carry over a $562,000 fund balance into the next year, superintendent Michael Byer told the school at a meeting...

 
 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 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 10, 2012

Downtown group OK with sale of 2 school lots

Downtown Revitalization Committee members agreed April 30 that recent action by the Haines Borough Planning Commission to classify two westward...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 3, 2012

School budget back in black

What looked a few months ago to be a $250,000 deficit in the Haines Borough School District budget is no more. The district’s first draft budget...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 19, 2012

Christmas in April: $19 million in projects

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 19, 2012

School budget would cut 1 teacher

The Haines Borough School District is planning to eliminate one full-time teaching position and use reserves to bridge a projected deficit in the...

 

'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...

 

News briefs

The Haines Borough Assembly last week approved $328,399 for replacement of the Haines High School gym floor. North Pacific Erectors of Juneau submitte...

 
 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...

 
 By Tom Heywood    Letters    April 12, 2012

Thodos group dances to full house

The Haines Arts Council was so pleased to see a full house at the Chilkat Center for a beautiful and inspiring performance by Thodos Dance Chicago....

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 5, 2012

Budget discussions set

The Haines Borough Assembly has scheduled meetings and public hearings for review of the fiscal year 2013 budget. All meetings will be in the...

 
 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

 

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

Thomas holds ground against increase in school formula fund

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 15, 2012

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 CVN Staff    News    March 15, 2012

Asbestos work increases cost of school gym floor

The Haines Borough School District is seeking an additional $250,000 from the State of Alaska for the high school gym floor replacement project, owing...

 

Mosquito Lake School may struggle to stay open in fall

Mosquito Lake School faces the prospect of dropping below required enrollment this fall, forcing the school to close the doors on the students and...

 

Local parents, educators rally behind funding bill

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

 
 By CVN Staff    Blotter    February 23, 2012

Police Blotter

Monday, Feb. 20 A reported altercation near a Second Avenue business was an argument between siblings on their way to school. A case was initiated...

 

Scott appoints six to task force for community center design

Mayor Stephanie Scott last month appointed six residents to a task force that will examine responses to a “request for qualifications” for...

 

Education a critical investment

We all understand that schools represent one of our most important investments. It is critical we have well educated, creative, motivated men and...

 

School board, assembly talk budget hopes

The Haines Borough Assembly and Haines Borough School Board held a joint meeting Tuesday night and together emphasized what was of no surprise to...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    January 5, 2012

Parents vital for teaching speech

Children are ready to learn by imitation and exploration as soon as they are born, and it is adult influence that sets the tone to enrich their...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 22, 2011

Chilkat Valley year in review

An assembly recall campaign and a new effort targeting underage drinking punctuated the year 2011 in the Chilkat Valley News. Extreme weather and...

 

Duly Noted

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

 

Manager Earnest plans exit within 2 years

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest plans to depart his position within the next two years to further the education of his 9-year-old son, who has com...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 10, 2011

Does reality show bring "rush" to local economy?

"Gold Rush" the reality mining show set in the Chilkat Valley’s Porcupine mining district, won high ratings in its debut season on...

 

Grant to focus on healthy living efforts; Funding options may include local food, anti-smoking programs

Adding local foods to school lunches, improving bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and stopping youth smoking are programs that could get funding...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 3, 2011

School board seats Jones; Vote follows secret ballot

The Haines Borough School Board on Tuesday appointed former member Brenda Jones to a vacant seat. The unanimous vote came moments after a secret...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 20, 2011

Retrain your brain

Interested in improving your attention span, memory and reading comprehension? The Haines Borough School District is offering its Fast ForWord...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 6, 2011

School one of few making grade

The Haines Borough School District is among 12 of 54 districts statewide to reach yearly progress standards under the No Child Left Behind Act,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 29, 2011

Third opening on school board may go to write-in candidate

Voters will see two familiar names on the ballot for Haines Borough school board. Anne Marie Palmieri and Brian Clay are seeking re-election and are...

 

Memo: Old gym posed limitations

The project manager for a study on a proposed Haines Borough recreation center at the old elementary school said initial results suggest "it was...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 15, 2011

Gym open on Sunday

Sunday is a day of rest, but starting Oct. 2, it also will be a day for open gym basketball at the high school gym. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Haines...

 

Should high school be more difficult? Board mulls graduation requirements

Should Haines High School graduation requirements be changed or stiffened? The Haines Borough School Board took up that question Tuesday, at the...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    September 8, 2011

Opinion

A task force to tackle underage drinking is a step forward in addressing this communitywide issue. Borough leaders have previously passed the buck to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 1, 2011

New teaching tactics aim to increase reading skills

Veteran teacher Jeanne Kitayama is on special assignment for the Haines Borough School District. Her mission: To help ensure that all Haines students...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2011

Board OKs raises for school staff

The school district’s classified employees received a 4 percent raise and teachers received raises between 2 and 8 percent as the result of a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 25, 2011

Byer gets raise, contract extension

The Haines Borough School Board has extended the contract of superintendent Michael Byer through 2014 and given him a 5 percent raise. Byer’s...

 

Assembly proceeds with demolition

The Haines Borough Assembly on July 26 voted to start the process of demolishing the rest of the old elementary school building. Assemblyman Scott...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 28, 2011

Candidate filing period ends Friday

The candidate filing period for the Haines Borough’s October municipal election closes Friday. As of Wednesday morning, July 20, four...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 21, 2011

Candidates begin filing for election

Three candidates have filed to run for mayor of the Haines Borough as of Wednesday morning. John Brower and Stephanie Scott will challenge incumbent...

 

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 Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 9, 2011

Eleven seek assembly seat

Eleven people applied for an interim appointment to fill Greg Goodman’s vacated Haines Borough Assembly seat. John Brower, Dave Canipe, Debora...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 2, 2011

Borough health costs up 18 percent

The Haines Borough will budget an additional $86,217 for employee health insurance costs in the upcoming fiscal year, an 18 percent increase from...

 
 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    News    May 12, 2011

Legislature OKs $300K for valley

Pending approval by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell, the Haines Borough will receive nearly $300,000 more in operating funds from the Alaska Legislature...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 28, 2011

Energy group message valid again?

With the Haines Borough projecting more than a 30 percent increase in energy costs, the message of the Haines Borough Energy Sustainability...

 
 By CVN Staff    Duly Noted    April 21, 2011

Duly Noted

MOVING SALE: Dusty Trails, unit C5, Saturday, 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. Have you been poked in unusual places? Body jewelry is in at Buckshot & Bobby Pins!...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 7, 2011

School board reviews draft budget

    School superintendent Michael Byer offered his first draft budget to the Haines Borough School District Tuesday....

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 31, 2011

Push on to resume driving class

Should the Haines School revive driver’s education class as an elective? The idea – supported by several staffers, students, and school...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 31, 2011

Budget hearings scheduled

The Haines Borough Assembly has scheduled meetings and public hearings for passing the fiscal year 2012 budget. The assembly will meet as a committee...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 24, 2011

Thomas, Kookesh undecided on tax break for oil industry

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 24, 2011

Two teachers take retirement offer

Veteran teachers David Knight and Jeni Peters will leave the Haines School this year, and they’re getting a boost from an early retirement...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 17, 2011

Sunday open gym: $3K per year; School board OKs job to increase early reading skills

Opening the Karl Ward Gym each Sunday for two hours would cost the Haines Borough School District $105 per session, or about $3,000 per winter...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 10, 2011

Downtown group mulls district lines

The downtown revitalization committee last week discussed physical boundaries of an improvement district. The group’s next meeting is 5:30 p.m....

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 3, 2011

School seeks new gym floor pad

Fixing persistent leaks in the roof over the center of the high school and addressing a drainage issue there will consume the remaining school...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 23, 2011

Assembly, school to talk funding Tuesday

The Haines Borough School District will be seeking a larger borough contribution to schools this year. School board and borough assembly members meet...

 

Borough buys 'lawn tractor' for $18K

The Haines Borough Assembly on Feb. 8 authorized the purchase of a lawn tractor from Bigfoot Auto Service for a cost not to exceed $17,985. It...

 

Old gym: Community or recreation center?

If the Haines Borough moves forward with upgrades to the old elementary gymnasium and adjoining classroom space, will the facility serve as a "co...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 3, 2011

Funding future shaky, school officials say; Sunday gym hours sought

Haines Borough School Board president Carol Kelly this week painted an uncertain picture of future school funding, pointing to resistance from the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 3, 2011

Bears' hoops, volleyball to go 2A; Plan keeps Edgecumbe, Sitka, Petersburg in 3A

Haines Borough School District officials said this week they’re not planning to "opt up" to join larger schools under a sports reclass...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    January 27, 2011

Downtown group takes 1st steps

A half-dozen downtown business and property owners met Wednesday to reap "low-hanging fruit" identified in the Haines Borough’s...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    January 20, 2011

Next school project: Locker room rebuild

Haines Borough and school district officials are working on a plan to rebuild the locker rooms in the school gymnasium and swimming pool. Project dire...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 16, 2010

Heli-skiers, bears, dock stole headlines in 2010

The fate of the waterfront, regulation of helicopter skiing and problems with bears dominated headlines in 2010. The town also celebrated its second...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 9, 2010

School schedule to shift for curriculum work

Haines Borough School Board members on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that will end classroom instruction early on Wednesdays to provide time...

 

Energy commission future in limbo; Scott resigns

Stephanie Scott has resigned as the Energy Sustainability Commission (ESC) coordinator, but she still shows strong support for its mission. "I&rs...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 4, 2010

How do Haines graduates fare? Proposed district survey would track high school alumni

Why do some Haines High School graduates go on to complete college and others drop out? Do students who pursue trades find jobs there? What can...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 21, 2010

Seek fuel lease funds, former lawyer says

The attorney who noticed an apparent clerical error in a lease agreement the Haines Borough says cost taxpayers more than $125,000 said this week he...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    October 21, 2010

Thank you for votes, encouragement

I want to thank the community of Haines for the votes and encouragement that I received during my campaign for Haines Borough School Board. As a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 23, 2010

Voters to choose 3 school board members

Haines voters will fill three seats on the seven-member Haines Borough School Board in the Oct. 5 municipal election. Challenger Sean Cone is vying...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 9, 2010

No children left behind: Schools pass test

The Haines Borough School District has met federal No Child Left Behind yearly progress standards after failing to do so last year. Superintendent...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    September 9, 2010

Contractors make swings, toy happen

On behalf of the students and staff of the Haines Borough School District, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to Robin Stickler of Wolverine...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 19, 2010

Mosquito Lake heating dumped District rejects borough award

The Haines Borough School Board on Monday voted 5-2 to reject a $200,000, assembly-approved contract to replace the heating system in Mosquito Lake...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 19, 2010

Primary election, local filing deadline on Tuesday

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 12, 2010

Boiler fires school board discussion

The Haines Borough last week put on hold replacement of the Mosquito Lake School heating system to hear concerns from school board members who...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    August 12, 2010

Summer school learned about bears

Is it possible to live in harmony with bears? The Haines Borough School District’s summer school would like to thank our community for helping...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    August 12, 2010

Opinion

Don’t miss the 100th Anniversary Community Potluck Picnic-Street Party-Portrait Shoot! Bring a lawn chair. 1 p.m. Sunday. YARD SALE: Saturday 8...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 15, 2010

Byer scores 87 of 100 in board's evaluation

The Haines Borough School Board recently gave superintendent Michael Byer near-perfect marks on managing school facilities and budget, but lower...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 17, 2010

Board OKs $280K to cover play area

The Haines Borough School Board voted unanimously last week to allocate up to $280,000 to Dawson Construction for a roof to go over the paved...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 10, 2010

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

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

 

Menaker taught by example, launched local efforts

A memorial will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Haines Assisted Living for Vivian Menaker, a 55-year Haines resident, teacher and conservationist who...

 
 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...