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Haines assembly picks code review commission

The Haines Borough Assembly unanimously appointed seven people Tuesday to the borough’s new commission to review its code. Overall, the borough...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 21, 2016

Permit sale rekindles talk of waste

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

 

Duly noted

Basketweaver and textile artist Lani Hotch recently received a $5,000 cultural preservation grant and fellowship from the First Peoples Fund, a...

 

Candidate's message: Stay involved

I would like to thank all the residents of Haines who work here and live here for your support in our local election. I would encourage you to stay...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 15, 2015

Gregg beats out Lapp for assembly

It’s Tresham Gregg by a nose. Gregg beat out candidate Jerry Lapp for a Haines Borough Assembly seat by only 12 votes, according to Tuesday night’...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 8, 2015

Friedenauer wins seat; Lapp, Gregg deadlock

It’s a tie. Tuesday’s unofficial election results have Haines Borough Assembly candidate Margaret Friedenauer as the clear winner of one seat,...

 

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...

 

Gragg, Lapp oppose minor offense ordinance

Both Tresham Gregg and Jerry Lapp assured me that if elected they would not vote in favor of the resolution to approve the policy developed by the...

 

Borough employee pay: How does it stack up?

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

 

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...

 

Assembly candidates describe plans, traits at forum

Three candidates vying for two seats on the Haines Borough Assembly fielded questions at last week’s Haines Chamber of Commerce forum, sharing their...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 20, 2015

Tresham Gregg seeks assembly seat

A third Haines resident has filed for Haines Borough Assembly. Tresham Gregg turned in his papers minutes before the borough offices closed Wednesday...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 13, 2015

Only 2 assembly candidates; filing deadline Thursday

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    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...

 

Strong boosted village activities

Klukwan residents said they would remember Fred Strong for his smoked salmon, gentle good humor,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 30, 2014

Assembly holds ground on vet village tax exemption vote

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 30, 2014

Charter rule blocks Schnabel from job

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 23, 2014

Vets' tax break stirs assembly debate

Soboleff-McRae Veterans Village officials don’t think property tax should be levied on the second floor of their building. The Haines Borough...

 

Support candidates who pay taxes

This fall we’re going to vote for new assembly members. We should all ask one question to each. Do you pay property taxes in Haines? If not, why...

 

Assembly OKs Culbeck for new job

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    September 4, 2014

Voters to decide '40-percent rule' to elect

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

 

Don't be taken for fool in local election

Whether it is upgrading our roads and bridges, securing reliable, low-cost hydropower, skiing, jet-boat tours or a responsible mining and timber...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 28, 2014

Mayor's vote sends message against pot

With a tie-breaking vote cast by Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott, the assembly passed a resolution Tuesday opposing a statewide proposition to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 21, 2014

Five candidates seek 2 seats on assembly

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 21, 2014

Pool, locker rooms removed from bonding effort

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 14, 2014

Assembly flip-flops on tour moratorium

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 31, 2014

Voters may cast ballots on school improvements

The Haines Borough Assembly is deliberating whether to put to voters more than $4.7 million in bonds for school capital improvements. Projects that...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 31, 2014

Assembly freezes Chilkoot tours

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 4-1 Tuesday to put a moratorium on commercial tour permits in the Chilkoot River corridor, following discussion of...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 10, 2014

Packets available for office seekers

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 3, 2014

Borough legal bill $70K last year

The Haines Borough spent about $70,000 on legal services in the past year, including $11,500 on the 2013 election investigation and $7,000 on the appe...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 26, 2014

Assembly OKs idea of selling land to brewery

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 12, 2014

Glass ordered off Skyline lot

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 12, 2014

Mine study may include tribes

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 15, 2014

Assembly gives $8K for sled hill

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 24, 2014

Borough to solicit bids for helicopter noise study

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 10, 2014

Assembly mulls spending limit hike

Should the Haines Borough manager be allowed to spend $25,000 without assembly approval? The assembly discussed the question Tuesday of whether to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 10, 2014

Assembly postpones helicopter noise plan

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday postponed directing the manager to craft a plan for monitoring the impact of helicopter operations near 26 Mile...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 3, 2014

Assembly looks to up investment in stocks

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

 

Forest Service offers $175K for projects

Residents have until April 30 to submit proposals for natural resource-related projects to be funded by the Lynn Canal-Icy Strait Resource Advisory...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 3, 2014

Assembly: No harbor dump trailer

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 27, 2014

Breakwater, dredging costs raise questions

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 27, 2014

Assembly upholds heli-ski decision

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 20, 2014

Assembly OKs ATVs on borough roads

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 13, 2014

Assembly OKs 26 Mile heliport

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 20, 2014

Permanent Fund interest unspent

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 20, 2014

Staff floats budget proposals

Preliminary budget discussions between the Haines Borough Assembly and department heads Feb. 10 yielded several suggestions for the fiscal year 2015...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 20, 2014

Planners reject townsite ATV park

The Haines Borough Planning Commission decided last week Haines can’t accommodate a motorized ATV park in the townsite, with several commission...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 20, 2014

Assembly retracts mining letter

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 13, 2014

ATVs on roads? Ordinance back

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 6, 2014

Assembly nixes buried utilities on Third Avenue

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 30, 2014

Assembly, committee reject buying sauna

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 16, 2014

Sled racers to converge for 45th Alcan 200

Amy Tonsgard has raced junker cars on a dirt oval as well as dirt bikes. On Saturday, the 40-year-old Haines bank teller will stick duct tape on her...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 9, 2014

SEABA agrees to pay $21K to BLM

A Haines helicopter skiing company has agreed to pay more than $21,000 in fines and fees for flying on federal lands closed to the activity 54 times d...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 19, 2013

Downtown lights will be improved

New holiday lights strung downtown will be getting a little more pizazz, following concerns that single strands of blue rope lights on light poles...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 12, 2013

Assembly designates beach non-motorized

The one-mile stretch of Chilkat River beach running from River Road to Carr’s Cove is officially closed to motorized use, including ATVs and snow...

 

Borough will cover election costs

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 4-2 Tuesday to cover the $11,556 election investigation tab, relieving school board candidate Ardy Miller, who conte...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 7, 2013

Bill for election contest at issue

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 7, 2013

Assembly mulls last candidates standing

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 31, 2013

Assembly: No early favorites for manager job

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 17, 2013

Assembly lukewarm on manager finalists

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 17, 2013

Assembly OKs tax on vehicles

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

 

Safety first for Haines Highway plan

I would like to thank Matt Boron for his letter in the paper supporting the need for upgrading the Haines Highway. I think Matt has stated very...

 

Cozzi elevated to interim manager

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

 

Initiative a waste of time, money

The fact that we should take away the rights of corporations is just wrong. While it is true that corporations aren’t human beings, that truism is...

 

Mayor Scott in hospital, says ailment a mystery

Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott was medevaced to Juneau’s Bartlett Hospital Thursday night after contracting pneumonia. In an interview...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 29, 2013

No headhunting for manager job

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 29, 2013

Motorized use at beach resurfaces

The Haines Borough Assembly will look into putting teeth into a state directive against use of motorized vehicles on Chilkat River beaches. Confusion...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 15, 2013

Earnest says he's leaving

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 1, 2013

Lapp seeks meeting time limits

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 25, 2013

Assembly approves pay hikes

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 18, 2013

Assembly to consider raises Tuesday

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 5, 2013

Assembly retains parking rules

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 27, 2013

Borough adopts roster-style ballot

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 20, 2013

Election ballot likely to change

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

 

Residents react to Connelly Lake decision

Residents and organizations in Haines have debated the merits and drawbacks of Alaska Power and Telephone’s proposed hydroelectric project at...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 13, 2013

Budget: $12.2 million, reduction in tax rates

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 13, 2013

Assembly softens crab letter terms

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 30, 2013

Budget amended for museum, pool

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 30, 2013

Appeals board upholds most Canary valuations

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 16, 2013

Election change hits assembly opposition

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 16, 2013

Smith revives assembly chair effort

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 9, 2013

Lynn Canal towns divided on road plan

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 2, 2013

Culbeck to moonlight for mine firm

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 2, 2013

BOE upholds 24 assessments

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Assembly scratches $2,300 for new chairs

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 18, 2013

Library addition stirs discussion

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 18, 2013

Assembly takes aim at fire service board

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday will consider abolishing the board of fire service area #1, on the recommendation of member Jerry Lapp, who... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 11, 2013

Assembly approves deal for Lowe's exit

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 11, 2013

Assembly plans overnight trip to Skagway

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 28, 2013

Lowe put on leave; hearing planned

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 28, 2013

Former bear monitor rejected for tour permit

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

 

'Corrective action' for Lowe

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 14, 2013

Special meeting on Lowe Friday

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 7, 2013

Manager reports on police chief

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 28, 2013

Borough reviews not done

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

 

Meetings scheduled

Lack of a quorum cancelled Tuesday’s scheduled meeting of the Haines Borough Assembly. Members Norm Smith, Joanne Waterman and Jerry Lapp were...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 21, 2013

Assembly still grappling with nonprofit funding

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    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...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 29, 2012

Car tax encounters opposition: Assembly wants more details on proposal

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 15, 2012

Assembly approves heli-ski ordinance

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 8, 2012

Assembly supports Earnest extension

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 1, 2012

Proposed car tax may be flat fee

A recent addition to a memo put out by Haines Borough manager Mark Earnest acknowledged the possibility of using a flat as opposed to graduated tax...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 25, 2012

Heli-ski plan advances

The Haines Borough Assembly heard testimony from about six residents but made no substantive changes Tuesday to a revised heli-ski ordinance it...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 11, 2012

Earnest seeking contract to 2014

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 11, 2012

Revised heli-ski ordinance introduced

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

 
 By T    News    July 26, 2012

Borough may buy lunches for seniors

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 12, 2012

Assembly supports ILP for Connelly project

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 28, 2012

Borough eyes Elks property

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 14, 2012

Assembly OKs $11.3 million budget

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 7, 2012

Assembly to decide budget, interim manager

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

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 7, 2012

Assembly to revisit designation of former school lots

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

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 7, 2012

Assembly reduces proposed trailer fee

The Haines Borough Assembly last week sunk a proposal to double annual and daily launch ramp fees. “I have no problem seeing an increase in the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 31, 2012

No special election to fill vacant seats

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

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Assembly drops pay phone request

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 10, 2012

Borough grants may stay at 2011 levels

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

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 10, 2012

Economic development wording axed

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 3, 2012

Assembly considers DMV tax to wrangle wrecks

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 3, 2012

Assembly considers eliminating lobbyist

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

 

Borough economic office may be axed

By Krista Kielsmeier Haines Borough code mandates the municipality have a department of economic development and a director to lead it. “Despite...

 
 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 Morphet    News    April 5, 2012

July 4 fireworks display in limbo

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

 

Earnest to leave June 15

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

 

Manager assistant approved

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 15, 2012

Cameras at docks trigger concerns

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 8, 2012

Boat owners off the hook for shoveling 'fingers'

The harbormaster’s office will be responsible for clearing snow off “finger” floats at the small boat harbor as the result of action last week...

 

SEABA’s heliport permit appeal nixed

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

 

Funds set for center roof study

The Haines Borough Assembly has slated $50,000 for a Chilkat Center roof engineering study and $75,000 for a borough-wide facility master plan. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 5, 2012

Snowfall at border tips 1-day mark

It takes more than a couple feet of snow falling in a day to surprise residents who live near the U.S. border station at 42 Mile, where colder...

 
 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    December 8, 2011

Borough to take over solid waste authority? Firms make appeal to leaders

Haines Borough Assembly members discussed hiring a consultant and appointing a task force Tuesday after two local trash companies and the president...

 

Duly Noted

Corbin Eames Brooks was born Nov. 7 to Elissa and Chris Brooks. Corbin weighed 8 lbs., 3 ozs. and measured 21 inches. Corbin joins brothers Ohlin and...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 3, 2011

New mayor, assembly to meet

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

 

Consultants to lead borough's big jobs

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

 

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

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

 

Assembly rejects allowing ATVs on roads

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

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    October 13, 2011

Opinion

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

 

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

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

 

Assembly approves razing gym, school

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday turned down an eleventh-hour request to save the elementary school and gym, voting 5-0 for demolition....

 
 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...

 

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...

 

What is motive of recall?

On the slight chance anyone in the valley is sufficiently gullible to believe Mr. Jim Shook and his fellow recall sponsors are truly concerned about...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 22, 2011

Candidate forum set for Monday

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 15, 2011

Pair makes appeal for saving structure

A small group is making a last-ditch effort to save the former elementary school and gym, saying a July vote by the Haines Borough Assembly to...

 

Avoid vitriol, innuendo during election

As we near the end of another election cycle, we should all make an effort to remain civil in the public forums. This includes avoiding the vitriol...

 
 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....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 8, 2011

Forest funds to bring $103K in projects to Haines Borough

The Haines Borough will likely receive about $103,000 in projects from $1 million designated in 2008 for federal forest projects in northern...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    September 8, 2011

Vote 'no' on borough assembly recall

First: Better luck next time on the 1 percent. Right now the recall is more important. Representatives Daymond Hoffman, Joanne Waterman and Jerry...

 

Borough to halt rec center study, pursue planning

The Haines Borough will halt a $14,442 study aimed at determining the need for a recreation center in Haines. Instead, the borough assembly will seek...

 

Recall petitions OK'd

Recall votes for Haines Borough Assembly members Daymond Hoffman and Joanne Waterman will be on the ballot for the October municipal election....

 

Voters won't get tourism tax issue; Rossman, Lapp, Waterman vote keeps question off October ballot

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday shot down a proposed ordinance to put the borough’s municipal sales tax designated for tourism promotion...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

Vick spared from recall

Haines Borough clerk Julie Cozzi on July 21 rejected an application for the recall of assemblyman Steve Vick, on the recommendation of borough...

 
 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    Letters    July 21, 2011

Say no to recall effort

What a waste of time and energy. We’ve been there, done that, appealed all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court, divided the community, cost...

 
 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...

 

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...

 

Expert: Assembly violated code

According to a government specialist with the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs, the Haines Borough Assembly "should have...

 

ATV ordinance takes shape

By Krista Kielsmeier The Haines Borough Assembly on June 14 introduced an ordinance that would permit the operation of all-terrain vehicles on...

 

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...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 16, 2011

Borough tax rate to hold steady

An increased allocation of state money for community jails allowed the Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday to adopt a budget that holds the tax rate...

 

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 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 26, 2011

ATVs on local roads? Borough gets request

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

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 12, 2011

Tax appeals: 32 get cut in assessments

Resident Dave Stickler’s Monday appearance before the Haines Borough Board of Equalization slashed $146,200 from the assessed value of a 25 Mile...

 
 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,...

 

Assembly OKs hike in wharfage rates; Fast ferry docking fee approved

Following a fourth public hearing on increasing rates for using Lutak Dock, the Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday adopted the ordinance without...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 14, 2011

Trailer homes escape taxes

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

 
 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...

 

Assembly reduces proposed hike in Lutak Dock rates

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday trimmed proposed rate increases for using Lutak Dock. Business representatives had met with borough manager...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 17, 2011

Lapp looks back on 33 years at 33 Mile

  When Kathi and Jerry Lapp took over 33 Mile Roadhouse in 1977, the place was lit with propane lights, the gasoline pump out front was operated...

 

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...

 
 By CVN Staff    Letters    March 10, 2011

Borough incompetent on heli-skiing

Thanks to the borough assembly and manager for incompetently managing heli-skiing. During 2010, SEABA violated their tour permit. The penalty for...

 

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...

 

Assembly advances 2,600 skier days

Following more than an hour of comments at a Haines Borough Assembly public hearing Tuesday, members advanced a revised helicopter skiing ordinance...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 10, 2011

Assembly OKs land sale talks

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 4-2 Tuesday to authorize manager Mark Earnest to negotiate with an upper valley church that wants to buy a two-acre...

 

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...

 

Assembly renews SEABA permit

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday voted 6-0 to renew a commercial permit for Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures (SEABA) following lengthy...

 

Entrepreneur Miles remembered for energy, humor

Dennis Miles, a colorful and energetic businessman who made friends of customers at his Main Street furniture store, died Sunday of an apparent heart...

 
 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...

 

Assembly tightens standards for candidates' residency

The Haines Borough Assembly has advanced to a third public hearing an ordinance to clarify borough election procedures and candidate residency...

 

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...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 4, 2010

Borough seeks big hike in fuel tariff; Coincides with Delta Western talks

Against a backdrop of negotiations with fuel supplier Delta Western over a long-term lease, the Haines Borough Assembly is proposing to increase...

 

Assembly mulls new election rules

The Haines Borough Assembly will consider changes to election procedures aimed at resolving questions about candidate qualifications before –...

 

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...

 

Assembly certifies Goodman election; Hess seeks legal advice on decision

Haines Borough Assembly candidate Karen Hess said she was consulting an attorney following a 4-2 assembly decision Tuesday to certify the election of...

 

Heli-ski ordinance on tap Tuesday; Committee of whole to take up revisions to law

A committee-of-the-whole meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss potential rezoning that would be tied to a new commercial skiing...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 7, 2010

Hearing set on bear ordinance

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 23, 2010

Assembly moves on Picture Point

The Haines Borough on Tuesday voted 4-2 to authorize manager Mark Earnest to negotiate the purchase of all or a portion of Picture Point for up to...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 23, 2010

Assembly: No to Button

On a 5-1 vote, the Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday denied a request by Dave Button to operate a kayak tour in Lutak Inlet. Button previously sued the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 16, 2010

Old gym gets stay of execution

The Haines Borough Assembly voted 4-2 last week to demolish the primary and elementary schools, but to leave the elementary gym and its east wing for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 26, 2010

Assembly will pay for Mosquito Lake heat project

The Haines Borough Assembly Tuesday voted 5-1 to use $65,000 in borough funds to pay for the Mosquito Lake School heating system. Two-thirds of the...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 26, 2010

Should ambulance charge fee for calls?

Should the Haines Borough charge for ambulance service? The borough assembly recently directed staff to investigate what other like-sized Alaska...

 

Seamstress Erma Slater once ran highway roadhouse

Erma Slater, a longtime 33Mile resident, dollmaker and seamstress, died Aug. 6 of heart failure in Big Fork, Mont. She was 86 and had been in poor...

 
 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 Tom Morphet    News    August 5, 2010

Election season opens Geise seeks assembly seat

Two seats on the Haines Borough Assembly and three on the school board are up for grabs in the Oct. 5 municipal election. The candidate filing period...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 22, 2010

Borough workers get 3 percent-plus raise

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 15, 2010

Borough lands get 3,000-acre addition

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 10, 2010

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

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 10, 2010

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...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 27, 2010

Assembly tempers talk on non-profits

The Haines Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to fund hazardous waste collection for local businesses on a limited, trial basis and to increase grants to...

 
 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 Jessica Edwards    News    May 20, 2010

Assembly debates annual grants to non-profits

The Haines Borough Assembly May 25 is slated to adopt its $11 million operating and capital budget, and will consider amending it to include as much...

 
 By Jessica Edwards    News    May 13, 2010

Election rule change fuels assembly spat

The Haines Borough Assembly last week tangled over a draft ordinance revising local election laws, sending the proposed law to its government...