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 By John M. Glionna    News    December 1, 2016 

Weather closes borough offices

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

 
 By John Stang    News    November 10, 2016

Assembly approves first harbor contract

A slightly trimmed Portage Cove Harbor Expansion now enters its first phase. “I believe this is one of the biggest and best projects we’re going...

 

Assembly rejects letter on future of trooper job

The Haines Borough Assembly decided not to send a preemptive letter to the state government in response to a rumor that the borough might lose one of...

 
 By John Stang    News    November 3, 2016

Harbor project moves forward

The Haines Borough appears ready to greenlight a Portage Cove expansion contract next Tuesday to Pacific Pile & Marine for $13.2 million. Last...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    November 3, 2016

Dept. of Corrections shares ideas

State Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams was not the bearer of bad news in a meeting with the Haines Borough Tuesday, despite negative...

 
 By John Stang    News    October 27, 2016

Public ballot sought for harbor project

The clock is ticking on expanding the Portage Cove harbor. Actually, two clocks. Clock No. 1: The Haines Borough opened six bids Tuesday, starting a...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    October 27, 2016

Faster internet in 2017

Alaska Power & Telephone plans to offer new internet packages to Haines in early 2017 because of increased speeds and capacity with the underwater...

 
 By John Stang    News    October 27, 2016

Borough to tackle glitch in heliskiing ordinance

Proposed legislation to cut back on conflicts of interest on the Haines Borough’s heliski review committee was sent to the Tourism Advisory Board. T...

 

Assembly considers how to allocate money for nonprofits

Nine Haines nonprofit groups are seeking $62,600 worth of grant money from the Haines Borough. While the borough has $65,000 set aside to allocate to...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    October 13, 2016

Juneau road talk heats up assembly

Days before Alaska Gov. Walker was expected to address residents on the topic of Juneau access, Haines Borough Assembly members wavered over what...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    October 13, 2016

Governor to address road, budget, ferry

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker will address a joint meeting of the Haines Borough Assembly and Haines Chamber of Commerce starting 11:30 a.m. Friday at the C...

 
 By John Stang    News    October 6, 2016

Conflict of interest on heliski committee?

By John Stang Five people are on a Haines Borough committee to recommend whether to approve two companies’ requests to expand their heliskiing...

 
 By John Stang    News    October 6, 2016

Aesthetics committee revived for uplands

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

 

Duly Noted

Genny and Harry Rietze, with baby Hugh, were among the crowd of thousands who lined the streets in downtown Whitehorse to greet Prince William and Kat...

 
 By John Stang    News    September 29, 2016

Assembly hopefuls enter final stretch

Now it’s your turn. Haines voters will cast their ballots Tuesday for two highly contested seats on the Haines Borough Assembly and two non-conteste...

 

People movers are the best!

Our volunteers for the People Mover Cart down at the dock are the BEST! Thanks for being very dependable and friendly: Bob Budke, Jerry Blood, Janet...

 

Duly Noted

Open Studio at the high school art room will begin its season on Monday, Oct.10, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and continue through the winter whenever school...

 
 By John Stang    News    September 22, 2016

Assembly committee talks trash

A working group might be put together to figure out if Haines’ garbage situation needs improvement. One possibility dominated a Sept. 15 Haines Boro...

 

Englund starts second century

One morning in late August, while she was eating breakfast, two bears appeared in Hazel Englund’s yard, searching for food scraps in the compost. It...

 
 By John Stang    News    September 15, 2016

Nonprofits to receive funding

The Haines Borough Assembly took $65,000 originally earmarked for the area’s nonprofit organizations out of limbo, and approved the appropriations...

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    August 25, 2016

Borough offers forestry office, car

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

 
 By Natalie Helms    News    August 25, 2016

Assembly holds off on nonprofit funding

The Haines Borough Assembly stalled appropriations for local nonprofits Tuesday, delaying discussion of any funding for three months. The group also...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 11, 2016

Assembly comment time mulled

Audience members who ask questions and voice concerns during the public comment period at the beginning of Haines Borough Assembly meetings could...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 11, 2016

Turner wins award for supporting town

The Haines Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday kicked off with an exceptional amount of back-patting, including the presentation of a new award...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 28, 2016

Few turn out for assembly training day

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 14, 2016

Buzz-in entry at borough defeated

On a 4-2 vote, the Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday rejected Bill Seward’s proposal to install a buzz-in security door at the administration...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 14, 2016

Borough worker raises OK'd: $351K

The Haines Borough will spend an additional $351,600 on its employees over the course of the next three years following the assembly’s ratification...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 7, 2016

Borough OKs $10K for ferry plan

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

 

Power players control harbor project

While code violations have certainly occurred, we don’t need them to tell us the harbor expansion process has been extremely flawed. Common sense...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 23, 2016

'Bully-proofing' workshops set

Bullying isn’t something that just happens in schools, or among middle-schoolers. And it doesn’t always look like a student being pushed into a...

 

Editorial

On the scale of things, planning commissioner Donnie Turner’s “shut up” T-shirt was not particularly newsworthy and I was hoping to not publish...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 16, 2016

Official wears 'shut up' T-shirt to public hearing

A planning commissioner’s choice of a T-shirt to wear at last week’s meeting of the group rankled some citizens and at least one fellow commission...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 9, 2016

New trailers get jump on committee

As the Haines Borough struggles to address the lingering issue of how to permit commercial trailers, more are setting up shop around town. Cheechako...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 9, 2016

Mayor Hill reins in parks committee

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill is putting her foot down over what she sees as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee’s overreach on the Small Bo...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 9, 2016

Hill considers Washington, D.C. trip to seek funds

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill said a recent visit to town by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, was encouraging and Hill is considering a trip to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 2, 2016

Relax open container law for fest?

Should the Haines Borough suspend its open container ordinance during the annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival? Mayor Jan Hill this we...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 2, 2016

Funding sought for ferry plan

A regional economic development organization is asking the Haines Borough and other communities for money toward crafting a 25-year plan for a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 26, 2016

Assembly defeats attempt to terminate lobbyist contract

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 26, 2016

End draws near for 'The Swamp'

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 12, 2016

Assemblyman's absences at issue

The Haines Borough administration is grappling with how to deal with complaints about assembly member George Campbell’s continued physical absence...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 12, 2016

Wellness Center opens; donor Harrell honored

When you go to the dentist at the new SEARHC clinic, you’ll be able to see your sore tooth live on TV. An oral display filmed with a pen-sized...

 

Duly Noted

By Karen Garcia Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill recently honored water/sewer operator Scott Bradford for receiving the Small Wastewater System Operator...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 5, 2016

Guns drawn: Cops give account of Small Tracts run-in

A Haines Borough police officer who allegedly drew his gun on a resident last week said he was responding to coming around a house and seeing a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 5, 2016

Thomas claims role in saving sewer funds

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 28, 2016

Two manager candidates withdraw, 2 added for interview

Two finalists for the Haines Borough manager position have withdrawn their candidacies, including Dennis Koenig, the La Jara, Colo., city manager who...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 14, 2016

Leaders grapple with offenses ordinance

A day after an ad hoc committee recommended the creation of an independent code commission to sift through the hundreds of violations outlined in the...

 

Mayor calls for town to turn over new leaf

Months after Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill referred to the community as the most “hateful and vindictive” as she has seen it during her lifetime,...

 

Action delayed on commercial trailer committee

Three months after the Haines Borough Planning Commission recommended Mayor Jan Hill appoint a committee to dig into the issue of commercial...

 

Crash survivor to youths: Swimming skills critical

Knowing the passengers aboard his plane could swim gave him confidence he could make a water landing in Lynn Canal in November, pilot Mike Mackowiak...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 10, 2016

Hill wants limits on phoning it in

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill is trying to limit when assembly members can teleconference into a meeting. At the body’s Feb. 23 meeting, three...

 

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 Karen Garcia    News    February 25, 2016

Assembly sets hiring schedule, salary for top jobs

In a discussion that included reference to U.S. Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia and a member being gaveled over teleconference, the Haines...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 18, 2016

State will answer questions on "Tier 3"

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 18, 2016

Coliseum to reopen as 'bazaar'

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 11, 2016

Questions surround dismissal of firefighter

The Haines Borough decided last week it will not continue Jenn Walsh’s employment as the Haines Volunteer Fire Department’s firefighter/training...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 11, 2016

Constantine urges delay on 'Tier 3' river protection

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 11, 2016

Borough will pocket $14K left over from HARK funds

More than $14,000 initially designated for nonprofits will be rolled over and added to the Haines Borough’s $2.8 million areawide general fund balan...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 11, 2016

Mayor Hill limits assembly comments

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill used Tuesday’s assembly meeting as a “practice run” for her new policy of allowing assembly members to only speak...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 4, 2016

Ward: Hill's statement incorrect

Former Haines Borough interim manager Bob Ward said this week he never expressed the sentiment that the borough shouldn’t tax citizens and then...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 28, 2016

Clerk pay raise idea triggers critique, flap

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 28, 2016

Assembly to decide fate of HARK's leftover $14K

If Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill and assembly members Diana Lapham and Mike Case get their way, $14,000 slated for this year’s local nonprofit...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 28, 2016

'Big issues' in upcoming union talks

Negotiations between the Local 71 workers’ union and the Haines Borough are about to begin, and local union representative Tom Brice said members...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 21, 2016

Harbor design under scrutiny

An independent engineer reviewing the design of the Small Boat Harbor expansion says work done to date by PND Engineers is “thorough and well...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 21, 2016

Splitting of mayor's duties OK'd

Can the Haines Borough mayor vote in a meeting without presiding over it as chair? Mayor Jan Hill did that on Dec. 29, casting two important...

 

Saddened by mayor's comments

I was saddened by Mayor Jan Hill’s recent comments at the Dec. 15 assembly meeting describing our community as “hateful and vindictive.” It...

 

Involvement is not compliance

At the Dec. 15 Haines Borough Assembly session, the always impeccably coiffed mayor Jan Hill redefined “bad hair day” with her invective against...

 

Important to honor mentors

At the Haines Borough Assembly meeting on Jan. 12, mayor Jan Hill joined Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama in proc...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 7, 2016

Thomas will lobby Legislature for Haines Borough

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

 

Assembly hires Ryan as manager at $96K

Following an hour-long executive session, the Haines Borough Assembly voted 4-2 on Dec. 29 to make facilities director Brad Ryan interim municipal...

 

Duly Noted

By Dan Lundberg Nancy DeCherney is one of eight recipients of Alaska State Council on the Arts and Alaska Humanities Forum’s 2016 Governor’s...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 17, 2015

Hill says community is hateful, vindictive

Haines Borough Assembly members and residents this week responded to mayor Jan Hill’s statement describing the community as the most “hateful and...

 
 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...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 17, 2015

Planners seeking review of trailers

The Haines Borough Planning Commission is recommending mayor Jan Hill appoint a committee to dig into the issue of commercial trailers. “We really...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 10, 2015

Executive sessions close door on public

In the past month, the Haines Borough Assembly and its committees have met four times in closed-door sessions. According to a public notice, the...

 

Committee reshuffled

The Haines Borough Personnel Committee is playing musical chairs following a realization that the committee can only have three assembly members – n...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 3, 2015

Cozzi will serve as acting manager

After a half-hour of Haines Borough Assembly deliberation over whether to appoint mayor Jan Hill as acting manager, Hill called an abrupt recess,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 3, 2015

Constantine seeking more site development

Constantine Metal Resources is proposing to expand its exploratory drill operations at the Palmer Project site, which would include construction of...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 3, 2015

assemblyman takes up museum name change

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 26, 2015

Hill to serve as manager?

After about 45 minutes behind closed doors, the Haines Borough Assembly’s Personnel Committee voted 3-2 to recommend Mayor Jan Hill serve as acting...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 19, 2015

Questions raised on hiring lobbyist

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 12, 2015

Assembly OKs Sosa exit plan

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved outgoing manager David Sosa’s request to be let out of his three-year contract...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 12, 2015

Nonprofit funding cut again

Haines Borough Assembly funding for local nonprofits dropped again this year, from $94,300 last year to $76,100 approved at Tuesday’s meeting....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 12, 2015

Sosa looks back on performance

In an interview this week, outgoing Haines Borough manager David Sosa said his biggest accomplishments were working with staff to update policies and...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 29, 2015

Assembly splits on ferry letter wording

By Karen Garcia Haines Borough Assembly members wrestled with words Tuesday, as some claimed a letter to the state about ferry service reductions was...

 

Minor offenses group chosen

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 29, 2015

Eagle preserve council tepid on Chilkat River protection

A Chilkat Indian Village proposal to pursue top-level protections for the Chilkat River received a lukewarm response from the Alaska Chilkat Bald...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 15, 2015

Public outcry prompts minor offenses reboot

After receiving a petition signed by 650 residents, the Haines Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to nullify its Sept. 22 decision to adopt the...

 

Duly Noted

Charlie Lou Katzeek was born at 4:23 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Bartlett Regional Hospital to parents Hannah Blilie and Tom Katzeek. She weighed seven...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 8, 2015

Citizens push petition, question minor offenses vote

Although the Haines Borough Assembly approved it two weeks ago, the controversial minor offenses ordinance is still creating a buzz around town, with...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 8, 2015

Borough officials pitch to cruise companies

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

 

Encourage assembly to do the right thing

On Sept. 22, the borough assembly voted to pass the minor offenses ordinance. Three assembly members voted “yes” to pass the ordinance. Mayor...

 

Assembly OKs minor offense law, with delay

At a four-hour Haines Borough Assembly meeting this week that included the deputy mayor threatening to eject members of the public, an assembly...

 

Planners sign off on harbor expansion plan

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

 

Is it high time to address marijuana?

Ketchikan has the Marijuana Advisory Committee. Petersburg has a 19-person Local Marijuana Regulation Advisory Committee. Juneau has the CBJ Marijuana...

 

No deadline for passage of ordinance

The Haines Borough Assembly is scheduled to vote on the minor offenses ordinance at its Sept. 22 meeting. The borough manager is recommending...

 

Minor offenses ordinance trips up assembly

After nearly two hours of discussion, eight votes and considerable flip-flopping, the Haines Borough Assembly this week decided to postpone a vote on...

 
 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 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 13, 2015

Sosa discloses some contents of police report

In anticipation of the release of a $22,000 police department study, Haines Borough officials this week circulated a letter alluding to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 13, 2015

Harbor expansion critics: Aesthetics study not enough

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

 

Members chosen for harbor aesthetics

Membership of an ad-hoc committee charged with “monitoring” the aesthetic design of the Small Boat Harbor expansion project is nearly finalized. S...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 30, 2015

Assembly may not dissect violation law after all

Despite last week’s recommendation from a Haines Borough Assembly committee to comb through a minor offense ordinance that has caused public...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 23, 2015

Filing period opens Aug. 1 for local offices

Residents who have clamored at recent Haines Borough Assembly meetings for more public involvement can step up Aug. 1 and declare their candidacy for...

 

Badgley grateful for support, kind words

Wow! I am overwhelmed by the support of the Haines Volunteer Fire Department members, Haines Presbyterian Church and the community of Haines upon my...

 

Mayor creates new harbor group

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

 

Residents revel; sun caps 4th festivities

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 25, 2015

Progress, setbacks for downtown effort

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

 

Borough committee members needed

Residents are needed to fill 11 vacant seats on five of the Haines Borough’s advisory committees. Three seats are open on the Parks and Recreation...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 18, 2015

Exchange will feature modern-day trade goods: 'Zamboni' and sockeye

In what’s being described as a locally flavored cultural exchange, Haines is set to receive a Zamboni-like ice-grooming machine from Haines...

 

Duly Noted

Denise Kathleen Sherman and John Arthur Marquardt were married June 6 at their Mosquito Lake home. Pastor Sage Thomas officiated. John’s...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 11, 2015

Assembly members revisit remarks

Following a Haines Borough committee meeting last week during which two assembly members publicly derided a resident’s concerns, two other assembly...

 

Borough shouldn't sell Haines short

Focusing on a cruise ship waiver when marketing Haines sends the message that the only reason a ship would want to bring people here is for the dock...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 5, 2015

Assembly members deride testimony

Members of a Haines Borough Assembly subcommittee tasked with hearing a citizen’s concerns about the formulation of meeting agendas called the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 5, 2015

Citizens scrutinize meeting procedures

Citizens are questioning Haines Borough policy and procedures, including how information to the assembly is screened at the borough office and...

 

Duly Noted

Jae McDermaid and Jim Lampkins were married Friday aboard the catamaran Fjordland, nearby Chilkoot Inlet’s Sawmill Creek. Vessel captain Glen...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 28, 2015

Harbor expansion plan falls 2 months behind

The harbor expansion project’s timeline has been delayed by two months. Haines Borough harbormaster Shawn Bell told the Port and Harbor Advisory...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 14, 2015

Want to speak to Assembly? Sign-up required

Members of the public wishing to testify during a public hearing at a Haines Borough Assembly meeting will now have to sign up ahead of time. Mayor Ja...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 14, 2015

Bridge would eat up funds for outdoors class

A popular after-school program may be a casualty of the Haines Borough’s budget this year, as funding for the environmental education class is...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 14, 2015

Harbor petition denied, but analysis planned

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 14, 2015

Mayor scratches early-bird meeting

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill intervened this week after assembly members scheduled a 6 a.m. committee meeting to discuss a proposal for a new cruise...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 7, 2015

Fuel spill stains 16 yards of soil at Lutak Dock

On April 21, at about 10:30 a.m., 125 gallons of jet fuel spilled from a Delta Western truck rack onto the ground at Lutak Dock. The dock’s owner,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 30, 2015

Sosa hires interim police chief

A former Cordova police chief has conditionally accepted the position of interim police chief for the Haines Borough. Robert Griffiths of Scappoose,...

 

Proposal to eliminate comment period dies

An ordinance that would have cut the second public comment period at Haines Borough Assembly meetings has died. Assembly member Mike Case proposed...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 16, 2015

Case: End 2nd comment period

Opposition to an ordinance that would eliminate the public comment period at the end of Haines Borough Assembly meetings pushed the legislation into...

 

Move Lookout Park to lot corner?

Members of the Haines Borough’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee last week expressed support for moving Lookout Park to a location in the...

 

Duly Noted

The Haines School Community Education program is looking for feedback. Coordinator John Hagen is hoping to hear from former Glacier Bears, but the...

 

Volunteers helped break the silence

I would like to thank everyone who braved the rain and joined us in our 5th annual Choose Respect March this year! Your participation meant so much...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 26, 2015

Assembly pushes harbor project past questions, critics

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 26, 2015

Freeride at last: Skies open for skiers

A 10-day wait for clear skies paid off for organizers of the Freeride World Tour, who held their international, big-mountain skiing and snowboard comp...

 

Dolphins aim to raise $17K in Swim-a-thon

Members of the Haines Dolphins swim team are aiming to raise $17,000 at their annual Swim-a-Thon fundraiser on Saturday, April 4. Swim-a-Thon is the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Legislators: Close state forestry office

The state Division of Forestry office in Haines would close under a proposal being considered by the Alaska Legislature’s House Finance Committee....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Mayor: Juneau trip netted many connections

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 26, 2015

Noise, cop studies get assembly's OK

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

 

'Hopper' charting borough projects

The Haines Borough has developed a new system to keep the public informed on how projects of interest are moving through the political process. The...

 
 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    January 15, 2015

Borough signs economic development director

On a unanimous vote, the Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday approved the hire of Bill Mandeville, the...

 

Duly Noted

Southeast Alaska State Fair director Jessica Edwards spent three days at the International Association of Amusement Park Attractions trade show in Flo...

 
 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...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 18, 2014

Candidate offered development job

After two rounds of interviews, Haines Borough manager David Sosa last week offered the community and economic development director job to Bill...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 11, 2014

Borough holds $15 million in savings

As a percentage of spending, the Haines Borough’s $15 million in savings is exponentially more than what many other municipalities hold onto, but...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 4, 2014

Borough to seek water,sewer rate increases

After eight weeks of consultation with senior Haines Borough staffers, manager David Sosa is recommending the assembly raise water and sewer rates....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 27, 2014

Valley foundation gives $15K to 14 nonprofits

The Chilkat Valley Community Foundation last week awarded $15,500 to 14 local nonprofits, doubling the number of groups that received funding last yea...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 27, 2014

Leaders explain support, opposition of power rate increase

Haines Borough officials said this week that information that can’t be disclosed led them to vote in favor of a settlement with the Alaska Power...

 

Mayor sets office hours

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill has set office hours from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hill said residents and assembly members can find...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 13, 2014

Assembly OKs 11 percent rate hike

After most than an hour of discussion behind closed doors, the Haines Borough Assembly on Wednesday voted to accept a settlement with the Alaska Power...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 6, 2014

THREA drops Walker Lake; Floreske still interested

After squabbling with a local developer for more than two years, the Tlingit and Haida Regional Electric Authority board has decided to relinquish...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 9, 2014

Borough voters like Hill, Jackson, Case

Haines Borough voters on Tuesday elected residents Ron Jackson and Mike Case to the assembly and chose Jan Hill for the mayor’s seat, according to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 2, 2014

Vote Tuesday on leadership, school bonds

Haines Borough voters will elect a mayor and two new assembly members and decide four ballot propositions in Tuesday’s municipal election....

 

Assembly hopefuls sound alike at 1st forum

Four candidates for Haines Borough Assembly sounded more alike than different at Monday’s forum sponsored by We the People’s Haines chapter....

 

Steel roof for school, Jan Hill for mayor

So someone finally spoke up about fixing the school roof problem. Why not put a good steel roof on that will last much longer? Change the ordinance....

 

Duly Noted

The Pioneer Bar and Bamboo Room will celebrate 60 years of family ownership with a party starting 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Owner Christy Tengs Fowler is...

 

Mechanic Edwards was buoyant spirit, despite disabilities

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 21, 2014

Five candidates seek 2 seats on assembly

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

 

Fabrizio family grateful for help

I know that I speak for all of the family and friends of my dearly departed brother Jerry Fabrizio when I say thank you to all who gave us their kind...

 

Fabrizio prospected, helped build Buddhist monastery

The Tibetan Buddhist monks of Seattle's Sakya Monastery held prayer vigils for Jerry Fabrizio this...

 

Mayor Scott to seek re-election

Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott has made up her mind to fight for another three-year term at the borough’s helm. To date, the mayor’s race...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 10, 2014

Packets available for office seekers

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

 

Community took stand against abuse

I would like to thank everyone who participated in our fourth annual “Choose Respect” march. This year we had over 100 participants, including...

 

Duly Noted

Daniel Johnston is back in Haines after a five-month trip that included two-month stays in India and Sri Lanka. He kicked off his trip with a visit...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 30, 2014

Borough looks to change appointment process

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

 

Editorial

The town is lean this time of year. Wallets are thin from Christmas spending, the snowbirds are in the southlands, and year-round residents start...

 

Does town need a safe house?

Supporters of a local domestic violence response group say they’ll seek state and local funding for a permanent “safe house” in Haines for femal...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 24, 2013

Christy's dream attracts film crew

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 12, 2013

Bell's close-out draws a crowd

For now, Emiglio has a new home. The diminutive, 20-something robot was among treasures snatched up...

 

Bead program a credit to library

Thanks to Anastasia Wiley and Jan Hill, I appreciate so much more about beads, past and present. Haines Borough Public Library continues to bring...

 

Duly Noted

Only one person has hit a hole in one on the Valley of the Eagles Golf Links’ Hole 8. Nik Hura, a regular golfer on the course, was playing a round...

 
 News    May 9, 2013

Teachers, students toast, roast Henderson at luncheon

Family members, former students and co-workers turned out Saturday for a surprise toast to Bob Henderson, 93, a community benefactor, hobby farmer,...

 

Duly Noted

Ramona and Frank Holmes have returned from their winter residence in Albany, Ore. Former summer resident Lisa Kurian visited with the couple over... Full story

 

'Respect' turnout shows town cares

I would like to thank everyone that participated in the recent “Choose Respect” march. Your presence made a statement that our community does... Full story

 

Duly Noted

Girls middle school volleyball coach Cassie Miller and assistant coach Brittany Miller traveled with nine players to Juneau for a tournament at Floyd... 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    News    April 4, 2013

Two dozen at 'March for Respect'

Ruth Fairall said that when she was 8 years old and for the following three years, she was sexually abused by an older brother. Fairall, 78, told her... Full story

 

Duly Noted

Patty Brown attended the 57th Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies in Washington, D.C. She worked through U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office to score a...

 

Duly Noted

A group of Haines High School alumni got together for a hike and snowshoe up Mount Ripinsky between Christmas and New Year’s. They included Fran...

 

Duly Noted

Haines bridge players caravanned to Whitehorse for a weekend tournament. John and Roger Schnabel, Sally and Bob Lix, Gregg Bigsby, Rob Miller, Jim...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 4, 2012

Expert says drainages ran together, triggered slump

As immediate measures to prevent further erosion of the slumping, Mount Ripinsky hillside, the Haines Borough will extend two drainage pipes,...

 

Haines and Klukwan made healing pole

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the group effort of bringing together the vision of Sue Folletti’s Healing Pole. The goal was to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 20, 2012

Assembly to hear report on hill slide

Property owners and Haines Borough officials are set to question experts on a mystery that’s lingered for eight months and cost upwards of $100,000...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 20, 2012

Totem, drum raise domestic violence issue

About 100 residents turned out Friday for the unveiling of a “Healing Pole” downtown aimed at bringing awareness to domestic violence. Like...

 

Duly Noted

Emily Ann Edwards was born Monday, Sept. 10 to Lee and Ben Edwards in Olympia, Wash. Emily weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 inches. Ben is...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 23, 2012

Manager: Expand heli-ski map

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

 
 By Rosalie Loewen    News    July 26, 2012

Scott's journey to city hall started with philosophy, dance

Her Honor raises flowers – and no genteel, ordered garden, either. Giant swaying bushels of peonies, froths of bleeding hearts and tangles of...

 

Duly Noted

Friends gathered on scooters for a Saturday jaunt to 33 Mile to celebrate the birthday of Pam Sloper recently. Ladies rented the scooters in town and...

 

Thanks for help with cruise kick-off

The first Season Kick-Off Celebration was a success. Thank you to Jan Hill, Nancy Keen, Lorraine Kasko, Deanna Strong and Tim Ackerman for greeting...

 
 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....

 

Supporters bought lemonade in the rain

We would like to say “thank you very much” to the community for all of your support and encouragement with Lemonade Day Alaska. Only in Haines is...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

'Lemonade Day' aims for young merchants

Lemonade stands are set to spring up around town on Sunday, May 6, as part of Lemonade Day Alaska, an event that educates students about the...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 8, 2012

Borough leaders nix trip to D.C. to lobby

A Haines Borough contingent won’t be making the trip to Washington, D.C., this spring. “There are so many things that need to be tended to here...

 

Duly Noted

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

 

Duly Noted

Blake Hamilton was selected as the U.S. Naval Academy’s Midshipman of the Month. The honor comes with a formal presentation and additional...

 

Slump continues slipping, shifting

Borough and state engineers this week finished installing sophisticated monitoring equipment near...

 

Ground slump still vexing

Sub-surface movement continues in the Oceanview Drive and Lutak Road area, prompting the Haines Borough late last week to implement its emergency...

 
 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 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...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 17, 2011

Borough, Chamber: Ferry, not canal road

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday unanimously reaffirmed its opposition to an east Lynn Canal highway, and continued preference for ferry improvemen...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 10, 2011

Mayor lays down rules for meetings

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

 
 By 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 CVN Staff    News    November 3, 2011

Outgoing mayor Hill appoints five to new port committee

The Haines Borough Assembly on Oct. 25 approved the first appointments to the new Haines Port Development Steering Committee. Departing mayor Jan...

 

Consultants to lead borough's big jobs

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 20, 2011

Small Tracts lot pushes issue of junked cars

A pending enforcement action against a Small Tracts Road property owner has cast a spotlight on the perennial issue of junked cars in the valley. The...

 

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

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

 

School demolition next week; More voices join effort to save old school, gym

Some residents mounted a last-ditch effort to save the elementary school and gym this month, but demolition appears on track to start next week....

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 13, 2011

Filming resumes

Broadcast of Haines Borough Assembly meetings on local cable TV station Channel 14 resumed this week. Videographer Bill Kurz had stopped filming the...

 

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

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 6, 2011

Hill: Yukon is experiencing 3rd gold rush

Four Haines Borough representatives traveled to Whitehorse last month to discuss potential partnerships between the two municipalities. "We...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 29, 2011

Voters Tuesday will decide mayor, recall, 3 assembly seats

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

 

Recall would oust Hoffman, Waterman

Voters Tuesday will decide whether Haines Borough Assembly members Daymond Hoffman and Joanne Waterman should be removed from office. Recall...

 

Elect a mayor who will get things done

After three years of the Hill administration, it’s time for a change. Think about it: What can you say Jan Hill has done for Haines? After 2 &fr...

 

Lapp issue belies recall

Why vote no on the recall? As assembly member Scott Rossman says, "It’s ridiculous. I don’t support it. But I do support their right...

 

Manager suggests creation of port development committee; Several projects also set to go out to bid soon

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has recommended the launch of a Haines Port Development Steering Committee to promote Lutak Dock. In a recent...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 22, 2011

Candidate forum set for Monday

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

 

Rec board gets off the ground; Group shows support for events, trails

The Haines Borough’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee debuted Tuesday, with members selecting officers for the re-established group and...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 15, 2011

Chamber, KHNS set candidate forums

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

 

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...

 

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

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

 
 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    Letters    August 11, 2011

Election change doubles length of political season

A change in law approved by the Haines Borough Assembly last year effectively doubled the length of the municipal election season. Local politicians...

 

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

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 4, 2011

Seats filled for rec committee

Mayor Jan Hill has filled all seven seats on the Haines Borough’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. At the July 26 meeting of the Haines...

 
 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...

 

Recall effort initiated

Update, Thursday, July 21 4 p.m.: Haines borough clerk Julie Cozzi on Thursday afternoon rejected the application for the recall of assemblyman Steve...

 
 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...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 21, 2011

Mayor wants youth voice on rec committee

Mayor Jan Hill has designated one seat on the Haines Borough’s revived, seven-member Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to be filled by a...

 

Assembly takes steps to put tour tax on ballot

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday showed support for placing the borough’s 1 percent municipal sales tax dedicated for tourism promotion...

 

Library looks for more stable funding

The Haines Borough Public Library will continue to shift from grant-funded staff positions in fiscal year 2012, when the salary for youth services coo...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 30, 2011

Assembly to take up Maynard's grievances

The Haines Borough Assembly following an executive session Tuesday tentatively set a personnel grievance hearing for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, that...

 

Assembly to discuss tour tax

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill said the borough’s 1 percent municipal sales tax for tourism promotion and economic development will be on the...

 

Open seat to be decided in vote; Assembly can't agree; one member suggests pulling name out of hat

After a two-hour stalemate and failed compromise Monday, the five remaining members of the Haines Borough Assembly ditched the appointment process to...

 

Borough facilities director resigns

Departing Haines Borough facilities director Brad Maynard cited a "lack of teamwork and support" from the borough administration as his...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 16, 2011

Borough helicopter group has yet to meet on 2011 season

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Haines Borough’s mayor-appointed helicopter skiing work group has yet to meet for an evaluation of this...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 9, 2011

Survey: Rec center wanted most

Survey results presented at Friday’s Haines Borough comprehensive plan town hall meeting showed strong support for a community recreation center...

 
 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 CVN Staff    News    May 19, 2011

Manager gets $6K salary increase

The Haines Borough’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes a $6,000 pay increase for borough manager Mark Earnest. Earnest will...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    May 12, 2011

Quilt raffle will benefit cancer research

On behalf of the Haines Emblem Club #463, and the Alaska State Association of Emblem Clubs, I want to thank everyone who purchased tickets for the...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 12, 2011

Borough OKs tour of mine

Rainbow Glacier Adventures is aiming to build off the success of the Discovery Channel’s reality TV series "Gold Rush: Alaska" with...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 12, 2011

Borough to add utility job; discuss donations

The Haines Borough will be adding a new, full-time employee to be split between the borough’s water and sewer departments at a cost of $53,540,...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 5, 2011

Juneau the focus of redistricting meeting in Haines

A Wednesday visit from representatives of the Alaska Redistricting Board centered on what to do with Juneau as new district lines are drawn across the...

 
 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    Opinion    April 28, 2011

Opinion

Some readers last week questioned our publication of a story explaining why Haines Borough Assembly meetings no longer were being broadcast, as well...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 21, 2011

Decision on trailers questioned

The Downtown Revitalization Committee, in an April 8 letter, asks the Haines Borough to rescind its March 14 decision  issuing land-use permits...

 

Earnest, Hill detail Washington trip

Mayor Jan Hill and Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to lobby for money in support of projects such as...

 

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...

 

Earnest gets passing grade on evaluation

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest received an average score of 3.6 of 5 possible points on his recent evaluation, indicating he met or exceeded job...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 7, 2011

Redistricting position gets 2nd look; Language about group's map raises questions

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 4-1 Tuesday in support of a redistricting plan that includes Haines and Skagway in a state House district with...

 
 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...

 

Assembly OKs 3rd heli-skiing company

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved Alaska Mountain Guides (AMG) as the third helicopter skiing tour operator in the borough. The...

 

Assembly OKs 2,600 skier-days

After a fifth public hearing to discuss a revised helicopter skiing ordinance, the Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday adopted an ordinance that would...

 

Skagway, Haines mull joint projects

Hydropower and transportation were two items on what Mayor Jan Hill called a "limitless" list of potential areas for collaboration between t...

 
 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...

 

Major heli-ski issues up in air

With less than a week until possible adoption of a revised helicopter skiing ordinance, a mayor-appointed work group has yet to reach consensus on...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 10, 2011

'Brown Bag Series' set from Feb. 18 to April

Want to know more about your community and the people who live here? The Chilkat Valley Historical Society and Sheldon Museum are again holding their...

 

Borough offered terms for Point

Owner Roger Beasley has offered the Haines Borough up to three acres at "Picture Point" and is willing to carry a note for the purchase...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    January 27, 2011

Best educated town, per capita, in Alaska?

The Haines Borough has the highest per capita number of college graduates in Alaska, according to information published this week by The Chronicle of...

 
 By CVN Staff    Blotter    January 27, 2011

Police Blotter

Monday, Jan. 24 A caller requested extra patrols of their Fourth Avenue apartment complex after an early-morning knock on their door. State road...

 

Point acquisition hits questions, criticism

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    January 6, 2011

Assembly adopts rogue tour rule

The Haines Borough Assembly on Dec. 28 approved an ordinance that creates a waiting period for tour applicants with dodgy histories and rejected a...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    January 6, 2011

Chamber vote

Brenda Jones and Ned Rozbicki have been elected as new members of the Haines Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Jones, Rozbicki and Evangeline...

 
 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...

 

Permit sought Tuesday for 3rd heli-ski operation

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday is scheduled to consider an Alaska Mountain Guides application for a helicopter skiing permit, but a...

 

Assembly OKs raise to $125 per meeting; Mayor to get $1,250 monthly

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday adopted an ordinance that will increase pay for the assembly and mayor. The change will cost the borough an...

 

Tree-lighting brings cheer, funds

The Nov. 26 "Lighting of the Library" raised about $3,300 for the Friends of the Library. More than 150 people attended the annual event at...

 

Helicopter-ski committee takes up map, GPS issues

Mayor Jan Hill appointed two members of the Haines Borough’s heli-skiing work group to a map subcommittee at a Nov. 23 meeting, after...

 

Group: New roof for Chilkat Center urgent

Members of the Chilkat Center Advisory Board want the Haines Borough Assembly to commit to upgrades for the facility that was the focus of a 2008...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 25, 2010

Chamber's candidate slate set

The Haines Chamber of Commerce has four candidates for the three available seats on its board of directors. The candidates for a three-year term are:...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 18, 2010

Heli-skiing meeting set for Tuesday

The Haines Borough’s heli-skiing work group will have its second meeting Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the assembly chambers. The...

 

Linking water utilities may escalate costs; Four percent rate hike in the works

The Haines Borough is proposing a 4 percent rate increase for most water and sewer customers, partly to help cover the cost of the borough’s...

 

New start at heli-ski question; Mayor appoints 9-member panel

The Haines Borough’s new heli-skiing work group held its first meeting Tuesday, and members said they want to avoid the heated tone of previous...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 11, 2010

Assembly advances pay, election ordinances

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday advanced to a second public hearing ordinances regarding borough election procedures and assembly pay...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 11, 2010

Library gets top rating

The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service has awarded the Haines Borough Public Library a five-star rating for the third consecutive year....

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 4, 2010

Forum elicits wide range of ideas

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 4, 2010

Heli-skiing zone goes Heli-skiing zone goes

After a proposed commercial skiing tour ordinance hit a snag at the Oct. 26 Haines Borough Assembly meeting, the borough’s planning commission i...

 

Assembly advances pay raise; Increase would cost $15K, including commissioners

The Haines Borough Assembly has introduced an ordinance that would increase pay for assembly members and Mayor Jan Hill. The assembly already has...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 28, 2010

Heli-ski group

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday did not move forward a proposed commercial skiing tour ordinance that drew heavy discussion at its first public...

 

'Secret shopper' gives cruise passengers' view of town

Travelers "used to a very high level of service" on a Holland America cruise can feel a bit lost when they step off the dock in Haines, Leni...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    October 21, 2010

Chamber seeks nominations

The Haines Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its board of directors. Nominations will be accepted at the Nov. 5 chamber meeting. Three...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    October 7, 2010

Opinion

Campaign advertising by the Republican Party is the first in memory during a municipal election.The party’s district leadership placed an ad in...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 30, 2010

Chamber: SEABA is business of year

The Haines Chamber of Commerce Saturday gave its "Business of the Year" award to heli-ski firm Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 23, 2010

SEABA must seek new heli-ski permit: Assembly won't levy fines, will rewrite regulatory ordinance

Following more than an hour of closed-door assembly discussion Tuesday, Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill said the municipality won’t fine local hel...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 2, 2010

Buyer meets price for Picture Point Borough may still have options

A five-acre parcel of prime Portage Cove beachfront, including the pull-outs known as "Picture Point," is slated to be sold by October, but...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    August 26, 2010

Volunteers made centennial succeed

A big thank you goes out to all the individuals, organizations, and businesses who helped celebrate the Centennial of Haines’...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 26, 2010

SEABA gives case against heli-ski regs

A Haines Borough committee meeting to discuss possible penalties for heli-ski firm Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures Tuesday became a closed...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 12, 2010

Opinion

A big, musical production by Lynn Canal Community Players is always a treat for the community, but the early timing of "South Pacific" this...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 5, 2010

Tribe in turmoil: CIA dispute closes office

The Chilkoot Indian Association closed its offices for two weeks starting July 26 following an unresolved council election and council divisions...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 29, 2010

Assembly off to Excursion Tuesday

The Haines Borough Assembly will travel to the cannery community of Excursion Inlet for an open-house meeting Tuesday. The trip is intended as an...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 22, 2010

'Reality miners' seek fortune -- or fame

A group of would-be miners being filmed for a Discovery Channel reality TV show have been the talk of the town since arriving in May, but they’r...

 
 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 22, 2010

Community picnic, portrait set for Sunday, Aug. 15

A community block-party picnic and portrait of the people of the Chilkat Valley are set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. The location will be Main Street...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    July 8, 2010

Contributions made library 2nd in nation

The Haines Public Library would like to thank the Haines community for contributing its time and artifacts to our Tlingit Culture Exhibit at the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 8, 2010

Murkowski makes campaign stop

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 1, 2010

Fourth show a blast to hail the past 100 years

A big fireworks show is set for the nation’s birthday party in Haines this weekend, enhanced to mark the 100th anniversary of municipal incorpor...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 10, 2010

Borough officials lobby in D.C.

The Haines Borough recently spent $7,500 sending three leaders on a lobbying trip to Washington, D.C. The money was well spent, according to mayor...

 

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 Tom Morphet    News    May 27, 2010

Borough pays for big bang

The Haines Borough plans to celebrate the municipality’s centennial with an expanded fireworks display, but at least one assembly member is...

 
 By Jessica Edwards    News    May 20, 2010

Hill breaks tie, rejects raises for borough leaders

The Haines Borough Assembly May 11 voted 4-3 against giving themselves a $50 per meeting raise, with a $500 per month raise for the mayor. Under the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 20, 2010

Former mayor gives away the farm

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