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 By Peter DAuria    News    September 1, 2016

Borough to launch junk car program

The Haines Borough is introducing a program where residents can get rid of junk cars for only $50. But better move fast; only 15 vehicles will be...

 
 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 11, 2016

A detour for the borough's motor vehicle tax

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 17, 2015

Applicant claims right to heliport

A property owner at 35 Mile Old Haines Highway says he doesn’t need a permit to site a heliport there because the property has been used to land...

 
 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...

 

Borough briefs

Assistant eyed for manager The Haines Borough will look into the possibility of hiring an executive assistant to the manager rather than an economic a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 23, 2015

Borough to enforce sign law

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 16, 2015

Public safety panel wants voice

The Haines Borough’s Public Safety Commission is seeking more involvement in the municipality’s hiring of its next police chief after being...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 19, 2015

Borough office scouted for 'spatial modifications'

The Haines Borough is looking into how it can maximize office space in the administration building without having to add on to the structure. Public...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 12, 2015

Sosa seeks $22K to study town police

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 11, 2014

Assailant Jackson sues borough

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

 

Sosa to attend manager event

In addition to attending informational sessions on budgeting and economic development, Haines Borough Manager David Sosa can golf and groove at the...

 
 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,...

 

Downtown group members question role, power

Members of the Haines Borough’s Downtown Revitalization Committee on Monday found themselves at odds with the municipality’s structure and vision...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 10, 2014

Deals with rogue cops questioned

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 26, 2014

Manager to hold town hall meeting

Haines Borough residents can ask questions of rookie manager David Sosa at a town hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Chilkat Center...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 19, 2014

Baskaya 'emergency hire' for development position

The Haines Borough has hired a “community and economic development special projects manager” to work for two months on tasks related to downtown...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 22, 2014

Assembly to consider new, high-ranking job Tuesday

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 15, 2014

Assembly endorses new office in trailer

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 3, 2014

Budget would shift jobs, add to office

Haines Borough interim manager Julie Cozzi released her draft $12 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year Tuesday, which includes a proposal to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 6, 2014

Assembly to revisit heliport issue

The Haines Borough Assembly agreed last week to hear an appeal of a Feb. 13 planning commission decision denying a conditional use permit for a...

 
 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...

 

Editorial

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 30, 2014

New manager gets $98K, 35 days leave

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

 
 By 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 Tom Morphet    News    January 9, 2014

Chief hopeful explains leaving job

Interim Haines Borough Manager Julie Cozzi said this week she was comfortable with a police chief...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 19, 2013

In 2013, projects belied forecast

For the first time since the rebuilt Haines School was oriented toward Old Haines Highway in 2007, students could make it to the school along a...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 12, 2013

Earnest consulting for borough

Former Haines Borough manager Mark Earnest is performing consulting services for the borough on an as-needed basis, said interim manager Julie Cozzi....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 12, 2013

Police chief decision postponed

It’s back to square one in the Haines Borough’s search for a new police chief. Interim manager Julie Cozzi is “taking a second look” at some...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 28, 2013

New fee considered to pay for better 911

Haines Borough staffers are considering a monthly service charge on local cell phones and land lines to help pay for the nearly $500,000 Enhanced-911...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 24, 2013

Police chief finalists down to 2

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 17, 2013

Assembly OKs tax on vehicles

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 17, 2013

Highway work may be delayed

A proposed amendment to the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) would delay funding for several portions of the Haines Highway...

 

Borough expects $190K payment

The Haines Borough is expecting to receive about $190,000 in Secure Rural Schools funding, according to borough manager Mark Earnest. Funding for the...

 

Letter referring to Cui crossed line

Fred Einspruch’s criticism of outgoing borough manager Mark Earnest totally crossed the lines of human decency by dragging Tracy Cui into the fray....

 

Twenty apply to be next borough manager

The Haines Borough has received 20 applications for the manager position, which will be vacated by Mark Earnest Tuesday. Some applicants list their...

 

Earnest's tenure disastrous

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 3, 2013

Pile-driving on dock to start soon

The rebuilt Port Chilkoot Dock will sit three to five feet lower in the water than the existing structure and will be supported by one-eighth as many...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 3, 2013

Commission: New manager should choose police chief

The Haines Borough Public Safety Commission doesn’t want Mark Earnest making the final decision on who gets the police chief job. The commission...

 
 By Alan Haines    Letters    October 3, 2013

Earnest short list questionable

Mark Earnest, what the heck are you thinking?  How do you justify putting someone on your short list for police chief with the same (apparent)...

 

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....

 

Paper trail follows chief hopeful

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

 

Police chief job attracts 16 applicants

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest said he has received 16 applications for the police chief position following a second round of job advertisements...

 

Editorial

You won’t find an advertisement for the Haines Borough manager position or the police chief job in this newspaper, or on the pages of any other pape...

 

DOT OKs $90K for rail link study

The idea of a railway between Haines and Canada, a dream of some residents, has picked up some steam. The Haines Borough Tuesday directed manager...

 

Required form on Lowe lagging

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    September 5, 2013

Setbacks idea hits resistance

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 29, 2013

No headhunting for manager job

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

 

School improvements won't make fall ballot

Haines Borough voters won’t be deciding a $5 million bond for districtwide school improvements in the Oct. 1 election after all. At its Aug. 13...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 29, 2013

Engineers: Rubble mound best option

Engineers have further investigated what type of breakwater the Haines Harbor expansion project should include, but borough officials say a decision...

 

Editorial

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 22, 2013

Chief of police job draws 4 applicants

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest is considering recasting the net after receiving only four applications for the chief of police position. Earnest...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 22, 2013

Gov. Parnell to visit

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 22, 2013

Sessions reveal workers' true colors

Haines Borough Fireman Al Badgley is a blue. Harbormaster Phil Benner is a red. Planning and zoning technician Tracy Cui is a green. Manager Mark Earn...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 22, 2013

Borough may get help on manager hire

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 22, 2013

Tighten access to public records?

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 15, 2013

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 Helen Edwards    News    August 15, 2013

Resident petitions to pave Blacksmith

Blacksmith Street resident Leo Smith is fed up with the dust from the heavily trafficked roadway outside his house and has organized a petition to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 8, 2013

Haines Highway rebuild plan hits opposition

About 50 residents turned out Monday for a meeting on Haines Highway improvements, many speaking against the state’s enviromental assessment and...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 1, 2013

Two candidates for assembly, four to vie for school board

Despite a recent change in election procedures and exemption from state financial disclosure requirements, only two candidates filed to fill two...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    August 1, 2013

Shallow waters force Letnikof float move

The Haines Borough will spend $242,000 to move the Letnikof Cove float another 17 feet offshore to keep it afloat during low tides. Manager Mark...

 
 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 25, 2013

Smell targeted in 1st phase of sewer work

According to the Haines Borough, upgrades to its sewer plant are at the top of its priorities for spending state money. The assembly passed a...

 
 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 18, 2013

Borough releases Lowe evaluation

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 18, 2013

Mayor pushes monitoring, tougher fines on heli-skiing

Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott is proposing the borough ramp up its monitoring of heli-ski tour companies and stiffen fines. Scott will ask the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 18, 2013

Redistrict plan would link Haines, Juneau

The Alaska Redistricting Board approved a new political map Sunday, placing Haines in a state House district with downtown Juneau, Douglas Island,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 18, 2013

Borough adds $210K to Front Street work

The Haines Borough has agreed to chip in up to $210,000 toward state-funded Front Street improvements, bringing the project total to about $5 million....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 11, 2013

Assembly to mull $5 million bond

The Haines Borough Assembly will consider asking voters to approve a $5 million bond for districtwide school improvements. The borough’s hopes for...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 11, 2013

Telephone poles, wires to stay

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 11, 2013

Number of police will soon drop to 3

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    July 11, 2013

Assembly to decide on employee raises

The Haines Borough Assembly will decide July 23 whether to approve a package of raises and health insurance compensation for unionized borough...

 

Heli map committee seeks 22 changes

The Haines Borough’s ad-hoc heli-ski map committee is recommending 22 alterations to the current boundaries, including the expansion of areas in...

 

Time to end mobster-style government

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

 

Borough staffers fill in as acting manager

The Haines Borough is playing musical chairs with its top position until July 3, when manager Mark Earnest will return to work from a two-and-a-half...

 

Can manager cash in unused leave?

In the June 13 edition of the Chilkat Valley News, Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest made the statement that he was “losing leave” because he...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 20, 2013

Borough to estimate cost of buried wires

During a special meeting convened Friday, the Haines Borough Assembly directed manager Mark Earnest to research cost estimates for burying power...

 
 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

Manager contract talk heats up

Discussion of Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest’s contract became heated Monday, prompting an assembly member to request police presence at the...

 

Assistant conflict issue to get attorney review

 Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest said he is consulting with the borough attorney on whether assistant to the manager Darsie Culbeck’s...

 

Bury utility lines?

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 13, 2013

Committee chosen to oversee heli-ski map boundaries

Sixteen residents and two heli-ski companies have submitted proposals to the Haines Borough regarding alterations to the heli-skiing map.  ...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 6, 2013

Borough pursues area crab closure

Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott is drafting a letter to the Department of Fish and Game suggesting emergency closure of areas around Haines to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 6, 2013

Earnest contract talk Monday

The Haines Borough Personnel Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Monday to discuss manager Mark Earnest’s contract. The assembly voted at its Jan. 22...

 

Third Ave. project moving ahead

The Haines Borough and Chilkoot Indian Association are putting a combined $1.3 million toward Third Avenue improvements between Main Street and the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 6, 2013

Lobbyist makes case for fee

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 6, 2013

Smoothing way to Porcupine: Borough approves road improvement work

Grading and other improvements to Porcupine Road started last week following increased agitation by commercial businesses and property owners...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    June 6, 2013

Borough weighs bids of headhunting firms

Two headhunting firms proposing to find the Haines Borough a new police chief have submitted bids to manager Mark Earnest, who will forward them to...

 

Attorney advice needed on conflict

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 23, 2013

Cuts still in borough budget; next meeting on Tuesday

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 23, 2013

Assembly, AP&T to meet June 25

An Alaska Power and Telephone official is angling to pitch the proposed Connelly Lake project to the Haines Borough Assembly at an upcoming meeting....

 
 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

How much savings do towns need?

The Haines Borough budget proposed by manager Mark Earnest calls for cuts to facilities and some personnel, but also includes maintaining savings of...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 16, 2013

SEABA fined for landing at fatal accident site

The Haines Borough fined Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures (SEABA) $500 last week for operating on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property...

 

Borough Digest

Tank project hits a bump An error in surveying measurements brought construction of the new Barnett water tank to a halt Saturday, Haines Borough...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 9, 2013

AP&T makes push for Connelly Lake

Alaska Power and Telephone officials are pressuring the Haines Borough to formally support the proposed Connelly Lake hydroelectric project, but...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 9, 2013

Police: Get rid of hybrid patrol cars

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

 
 News    May 9, 2013

Picture Point buy finalized

The Haines Borough sealed the deal April 26 on the purchase of about 5 acres of property at Picture Point. The borough intends to construct a small...

 
 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

Borough: 6 heli-ski violations in season

The Haines Borough recently leveled a combined $1,200 in fines against two heli-skiing companies for six permit violations in March and April.   The...

 
 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

Mystery ship found on sea floor at Lutak

The origin of an apparent sunken ship recently discovered just offshore of Lutak Dock puzzled Haines Borough officials and local history buffs this w...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    May 2, 2013

Recruiting firm may assist next chief hire

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Efforts will brighten Main Street

Efforts to beautify downtown Haines are coming together to give Main Street a facelift before the beginning of tourist season. In addition to art... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Panel seeks price tag on new muniplex

An ad-hoc committee charged with prioritizing the fate of public facilities in the Haines Borough is investigating how much it would cost to design an... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Assembly scratches $2,300 for new chairs

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Clarke resigns museum post

Sheldon Museum Director Jerrie Clarke resigned from the job this week, citing budget cuts and another job opportunity as reasons for her decision.... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 25, 2013

Replacing police chief on Tuesday agenda

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

 

Courtesy to Lowe is insult to taxpayers

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

 

Hold Lowe responsible for actions

Police chief Gary Lowe should be held responsible for his behavior, just as any citizen would be. If he engaged in criminal activities, he should be... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 18, 2013

Lowe gets $53K in payout, paid leave

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 18, 2013

Assembly hears budget concerns

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 18, 2013

Office java makes the cut

For now, coffee appears to be safe in the Haines Borough budget. In discussion of the public works budget Tuesday, assembly member Joanne Waterman... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 18, 2013

Library addition stirs discussion

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 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

Valuation issues linked to botched contract

Appeals to 2013 property assessments are pouring into the Haines Borough, and many concerned property owners are still seeking explanations for why th... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 11, 2013

Senate budget holds $39 million for Haines

In a “lean” $2 billion capital budget recently passed by the Alaska Senate, about $39 million will go toward Haines projects. Haines’ slice of t... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 11, 2013

Borough: Bigfoot towing plan inadequate

Haines Borough officials have deemed Bigfoot Auto Service’s bid to solve the town’s towing, impoundment and junked-car issues as inadequate.... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 11, 2013

Borough sales tax revenues in 2012 held steady

At $2.71 million, sales tax revenues to the Haines Borough in 2012 matched those of 2011, according to figures compiled recently by the municipality.... Full story

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 11, 2013

Port Chilkoot dock bid under budget

The lowest bid for the Port Chilkoot Dock and Letnikof Harbor renovation projects is $500,000 under budget, allowing the Haines Borough to include... 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    April 4, 2013

Budget $500K in red; library, museum cuts proposed

Responding to continuing reductions in major state and federal funding sources and the potential for additional cuts, Haines Borough manager Mark Earn...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 4, 2013

Budget hearings begin Tuesday

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 4, 2013

'Quasi-judicial' hearing on Lowe April 4

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    April 4, 2013

Complaint: Incident is part of a history of abuse

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

 
 By 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

Ferry terminal parking crackdown

Ferry system officials are planning to eliminate overnight parking at the Lutak terminal by fall, when construction activities are set to begin. The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 28, 2013

Nonprofit funding request process changed

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

 

School sidewalk project extended

The Haines Borough has received an extra $350,000 to extend its Safe Routes to School sidewalk project from Third Avenue to East Fair Drive. The...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 21, 2013

Union: Complaint mishandled

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

 
 By Rosalie Loewen    News    March 21, 2013

Carla Earnest's journey started in a sugar cane town

As a child, Carla Earnest never imagined she would leave the Philippines. She grew up in an idyllic rural agricultural setting on the island of...

 

Heli-skiing legal fees: $3,500

The Haines Borough attorney billed the borough more than $3,500 in January for issues related to heli-skiing, chief fiscal officer Jila Stuart said...

 

CIA eyes buying preschool building

The Chilkoot Indian Association (CIA) is looking into buying the Haines Borough’s Human Resources building, which currently houses the Chilkat Valle...

 

'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 14, 2013

Boatyard touted for development

A local committee is reviving discussion of building a boatyard in Haines. The Haines Borough’s Port Development Steering Committee expressed...

 

Consultant option floated

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 14, 2013

AIDEA will make upcoming port visit

Though Prophecy Platinum representatives said in February financing the construction of a Haines ore terminal is “not on the table” for them, the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 7, 2013

Manager reports on police chief

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 7, 2013

Lowe: Morphet threatened me

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

 

Editorial

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 28, 2013

Borough reviews not done

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 28, 2013

Police employees raise issues about chief

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 28, 2013

Downtown revival effort to regroup

An upcoming meeting of the Downtown Revitalization Committee may help determine the direction of the group, which hasn’t met since June. Lenise...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 28, 2013

Mine summit helpful, borough officials say

Haines Borough officials recently returned from a Canadian mineral exploration conference. Assistant to the manager Darsie Culbeck and assembly...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 21, 2013

Breakwater draft study: Sea floor soft

Extending the rubble mound breakwater is likely not an option for the South Portage Cove harbor expansion project, according to the preliminary...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 14, 2013

Fixing 'slump' issues priced at $1.6 million

An engineering firm is recommending nearly $1.6 million in drainage improvements to address surface water issues that caused a slump and ground...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 14, 2013

Alaska Heliskiing loses 350 skier days

Citing Alaska Heliskiing’s 2012 safety record, Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest cut the company’s skier-day allocation by 25 percent for the...

 

Sole bid for towing

The Haines Borough has received one bid from a local company proposing to solve the borough’s towing, impoundment and junked-car issues. Bigfoot...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 14, 2013

Attorney says assembly erred

The Haines Borough’s attorney has concluded that the assembly committed a procedural error during its Jan. 22 closed-door meeting, but that no...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 7, 2013

Population grows to 2,620, but may level

The Haines Borough has grown by nearly 4.5 percent in the past two years, but state demographers are saying the current population of 2,620 has...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 7, 2013

Borough OKs permit for Alaska Heliskiing

Alaska Heliskiing broke state law, Haines Borough code and its own safety plan during a season that included the deaths of a client and guide, but...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 7, 2013

Firehall building structurally OK

The Haines Borough public safety building’s physical structure is in fair to good shape, according to a draft report recently released by PND...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    February 7, 2013

Borough, union to negotiate new contract

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 31, 2013

Assembly to review executive sessions

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 31, 2013

Contract includes 48 days of leave

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 24, 2013

Earnest scores a 'satisfactory'

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 24, 2013

Borough evicts man at harbor

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 24, 2013

Crash knocks out electric

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 24, 2013

Mining trip: Necessary or junket?

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 17, 2013

Skaters mull improved, moved ice rink

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 10, 2013

Heli-ski requests pass cap

Alaska Mountain Guides, a company that has previously conducted its heli-ski operations mainly out of Skagway, is looking to move those operations to...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 10, 2013

Borough trims plans for PC Dock

The Haines Borough is scaling back its design plans for the Port Chilkoot dock renovation so it can remain within the $6 million project budget,...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    January 10, 2013

National heli-ski group focuses on standards

The Haines Borough’s heli-ski season is just around the corner, and in the wake of an accident that killed two people last spring, concerns about...

 

Ferry land sale deal finalized

Three Haines Borough-owned parcels near the ferry terminal will be sold to state after months of price negotiations. The state initially appraised the...

 

Barnett water tank to be replaced by summer

A decades-old, leaking wooden water tank on Barnett Drive will be replaced by a new steel tank by next summer. The Haines Borough Assembly recently...

 

Three cameras to be installed to watch docks

The Haines Borough will install three surveillance cameras at the Lutak and Port Chilkoot docks as part of a Department of Homeland Security grant...

 

Schedule for Earnest review

Haines Borough assembly members have received evaluation forms for manager Mark Earnest and will submit the completed forms to the mayor by Jan. 15....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 20, 2012

Shakwak funds cut; highway may suffer

Congress’s recent failure to renew funding for a federal road maintenance program could impact tourism and trade in Haines. Funding for the Shakwak...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 20, 2012

2012: The Year in Review

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 20, 2012

Mayor joins outcry against changed ferry plan

Haines Borough officials say they were left in the dark regarding a recent, abrupt decision by Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell to change plans for the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 20, 2012

Planners skeptical of tree-cutting rules

Members of the Haines Borough Planning Commission expressed skepticism during their Dec. 13 meeting that prohibiting residents from cutting down...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 20, 2012

Commission renews gravel pit permit

The Haines Borough Planning Commission voted Dec. 13 to renew a conditional use permit for operation of an Allen Road gravel pit despite concerns...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 20, 2012

BLM issues 'Ring of Fire' draft plan

More than 300,000 acres of currently off-limits mountain terrain near Haines would reopen to heli-ski use under a recent Bureau of Land Management...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 20, 2012

Borough inks deal with mine firm

The Haines Borough Assembly took a step toward establishing Haines as a potential transshipment port for minerals when it voted during its Dec. 11...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    December 13, 2012

Private fix sought for junked vehicles

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

 

Panel wants firehall studied

While a recent technical assessment of the public safety building determined the facility is in bad shape, the Haines Borough wants to know precisely...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 6, 2012

Broken siren slows firefighter response

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

 

Earnest evaluation to start in January

The borough assembly will begin the process of reviewing manager Mark Earnest’s contract and conducting his performance evaluation in early...

 
 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 29, 2012

Mayor raises question about insider contracts

Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott  is looking into whether borough code could have been followed more carefully in the awarding of a borough...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 22, 2012

Accuracy claim of survey in question

A Juneau-based professional survey manager this week questioned the stated accuracy of a recent Haines Borough facilities survey. The $9,000 contract...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 22, 2012

Lutak Dock on CIP 'wish list'

Sitting atop the draft “wish list” for the Haines Borough’s capital requests to the Alaska Legislature is about $2-2.5 million in upgrades to...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 22, 2012

Borough OKs $700K for roads at 25 Mile

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

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 15, 2012

DOT planning beefier bridge, road for trucks

The Alaska Department of Transportation is designing the Chilkat River Bridge to the highest industrial standard in anticipation of possible large...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 15, 2012

Sidewalk near school planned for next year

A safer walk to school is just around the corner for Haines students. The Alaska Department of Transportation is proposing to build a new sidewalk run...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    November 15, 2012

LED lights to go up along Third Avenue

With the goal of becoming more energy efficient, the Haines Borough Assembly recently contracted with Alaska Power and Telephone to install 16 new LED...

 
 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 8, 2012

Survey: School, firehall top list for new buildings

Responses to a recent Haines Borough survey showed residents viewed fire, ambulance and police services, and K-12 education as most important to the c...

 

New firehall on draft wish list

A new or improved public safety building was among capital requests included on a draft “wish list” of borough projects to the Alaska Legislature...

 

Mayor pushes downtown mural

Haines Borough Mayor Stephanie Scott said owners of the shuttered Coliseum Building on Main Street are agreeable to taking boards off windows during...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 1, 2012

Assembly to consider Earnest's proposal for extended contract

Haines Borough Assembly members are scheduled to consider a proposal from manager Mark Earnest to extend his contract through June 2014 at...

 

Lutak Dock fence project accelerated

The Haines Borough has accelerated a fence-building project at Lutak Dock after learning that a Jan. 1 deadline for project completion cannot be...

 
 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 Karen Garcia    News    November 1, 2012

Earnest revisits disclosure pacts

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has said he would “just as soon terminate” a confidentiality agreement signed with a Yukon energy consortium...

 

Borough may require trip reports

Anyone traveling on behalf of the Haines Borough may soon be required to write a report detailing what they learned during the trip. Borough manager...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 25, 2012

Assembly floats vehicle tax plan

Besides casting ballots in the national election, residents on Nov. 6 get to weigh in on a Haines Borough motor vehicle registration tax, a proposal...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    October 25, 2012

Mayor digs into harbor assault case

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 25, 2012

Jimenez hired over 2 engineers

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

 

Tour shuttle may be exempted from tariff hike

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 11, 2012

Earnest seeking contract to 2014

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 11, 2012

Revised heli-ski ordinance introduced

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 11, 2012

Earnest would terminate secrecy pact he signed

In the wake of concerns about government secrecy, the Haines Borough will ask its Haines Port Steering Development Committee to review a proposed...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 4, 2012

Miners: Bridge, town's support are key

A $2.5 million upgrade of the planned Wells Bridge replacement and a certain amount of public support may be necessary for mines in the western Yukon...

 
 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,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 27, 2012

Borough considers heli-skiing safety

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 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 13, 2012

Mayor, assembly not informed of request

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 30, 2012

Financial disclosure language vexes assembly

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 30, 2012

Draft study: No new port customers looming

There’s no impending business in ore shipments from new mines in the Yukon Territory, but the Haines Borough can improve its chances of landing...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 23, 2012

District enrollment drops 8 percent

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 23, 2012

Manager: Expand heli-ski map

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 23, 2012

Third Avenue paving earmark lost

The Haines Borough will redouble efforts to secure $900,000 in funding for paving of Third Avenue after losing a federal earmark for the work. Funds...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 16, 2012

Heli-ski review set for Tuesday

The Haines Borough Assembly will meet as a committee Tuesday to review the past heli-skiing season and consider a host of regulatory changes. The...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 16, 2012

Borough, Kluwan at odds over taxes

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 9, 2012

Xtratufs not so tough?

How are your rubber boots holding up? Complaints about poorly made Xtratuf boots, published in coastal Alaska newspapers in recent months, also...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 9, 2012

Town's lone taxi for sale; decline in riders cited

The operator of the valley’s only taxi service is looking to get out of the business, citing a drop in ridership as well as competition from...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 9, 2012

Assembly to take up comprehensive plan

Haines Borough Assembly is set to introduce the municipality’s revised comprehensive plan at its regular meeting starting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The...

 
 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 26, 2012

Borough starts saving ship revenues

The Haines Borough budget shows $137,000 in cruise ship head tax income for the coming year, but the municipality has plans to spend only a little...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 19, 2012

Borough pursuing pellet heat project

Apparently bucking the recommendations of a draft report by an energy consultant it hired, the Haines Borough is pursuing a wood-pellet-fired boiler...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 19, 2012

Culbeck gets nod to assist manager

Consultant Darsie Culbeck this week said he would accept Haines Borough’s manager Mark Earnest’s...

 
 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...

 

Secures schools money comes through: $359K

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 21, 2012

Dumpster cost rocks borough

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 21, 2012

Main Street group seeks official status

The Downtown Revitalization Committee will seek to become a recognized advisory group to the Haines Borough. The loose organization of citizens and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 14, 2012

Earnest back on job; hiring process halted

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 14, 2012

Assembly OKs $11.3 million budget

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 7, 2012

Corps: No funding for existing harbor

Haines Borough officials say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reneged on statements that it would help fund test drilling of the sea floor for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 7, 2012

Assembly to decide budget, interim manager

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

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 7, 2012

Assembly to revisit designation of former school lots

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 31, 2012

Partial sidewalk work irks leaders, merchants

State Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Haines, said this week a patchwork replacement of sidewalk and curbs downtown can’t be fixed this year, due to funding...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 31, 2012

Assembly begins scoring manager hopefuls

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

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Lowe, Brower, Bolen amid 18 manager applicants

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

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 17, 2012

Assistant manager job hire unclear

The Haines Borough is again advertising for a full-time executive assistant to the borough manager, and it was unclear this week whether the position...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 17, 2012

Visa, attorney cost for planner at $6,000

The Haines Borough is planning to spend more than $6,000, including $3,650 or more in attorney’s fees, to process a foreign worker visa for Xi...

 

Will borough act on heli-ski complaints?

I submitted complaints regarding heli-skiing outside allowed boundaries for March 19 and April 5, complete with photos showing helicopters and ski tra...

 
 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 Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 3, 2012

Borough rescues fireworks display

The annual Fourth of July fireworks display is back on schedule. The Haines Borough recently agreed to pay for insurance coverage for the event,...

 

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 26, 2012

Planning job goes to foreign applicant

The Haines Borough is sponsoring a work visa for a Chinese national to become the municipality’s next planning and zoning technician. Xi...

 

Benner returns as harbormaster

Phil Benner is returning to his post as Haines Borough harbormaster, three years after leaving the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 26, 2012

Borough income may increase $350,000

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

 

'Master plan' would guide decisions on facilities

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 12, 2012

Draft budget fills $580K gap

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

 

Benner hired; Lemcke here longer

The job shuffle at city hall continued this week with the temporary hire of Phil Benner as harbormaster, and a four-month extension for facilities...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 5, 2012

Borough drops ‘disaster’ for slump

The Haines Borough Assembly last week rescinded a February disaster declaration for sloughing of the Mount Ripinsky hillside at Lutak Road. Borough...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 5, 2012

Assembly wants to eBay equipment

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

 

Earnest to leave June 15

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

 

New console aimed at better 911 service response

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 22, 2012

Heli-ski firm not releasing accident data

One week after an avalanche claimed the lives of a heli-ski client and guide, key details of the March 13 accident are missing, including its precise...

 

Does harbormaster need more power?

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 22, 2012

Borough may drop disaster title for slump

The Haines Borough has been asked to rescind a request for a state emergency declaration related to sloughing of the Mount Ripinsky hillside at Lutak...

 

Manager assistant approved

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 15, 2012

Thomas holds ground against increase in school formula fund

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 15, 2012

Cameras at docks trigger concerns

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

 

Assembly OKs GPS spot checks

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

 
 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...

 

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...

 

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

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 23, 2012

Briefs

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

 

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...

 

Assembly leans to spot check heli-ski GPS data

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

 

Scott appoints six to task force for community center design

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

 

Beginnings of park at Picture Point approved

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved an ordinance to establish a park at Picture Point. “This ordinance just pertains to the tidelands, a...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 16, 2012

Briefs

Winter games set for Saturday The Haines Winter “Olympics” is set for Saturday, although the weather will dictate if all the events take place as...

 

Ordinance aims to keep peace at boat harbor

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

 

Ordinance aims to keep peace at boat harbor

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

 

School board, assembly talk budget hopes

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

 

Borough Digest

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

 

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...

 

Permit for 26 Mile heliport struck down

The Haines Borough Planning Commission last week in a 3-3 vote denied a company’s request for a permit to use a 26 Mile heliport for commercial...

 

Assembly wants more Chilkat Center options

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

 

Borough’s quick response noted

It seems that in the national press it is newsworthy when government messes up, but not so much when government works well. That is why I feel the...

 

Ground shift threatens roads, homes

In what Haines Borough officials are calling “significant ground failure” cracks and heaves...

 

Borough manager's contract extended

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

 

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

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 5, 2012

Borough: Heliport would violate permit

The Haines Borough will send a letter to Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures informing them that use of a heliport at 26 Mile for commercial helic...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 15, 2011

SEABA plans use of 26 Mile heliport

Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures is going ahead with plans to use a 26 Mile Haines Highway site as a heliport, relying on a section of Haines...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 15, 2011

Borough seeks plan for sewage sludge

Haines Borough officials this week said there’s time to develop disposal alternatives in the wake of Community Waste Solution’s decision...

 

Fish study an 'uphill battle'

The Haines Borough would spend up to $15,000 on a Lynn Canal Gillnetters Association study aimed at improving sockeye escapement to Chilkat and Chilko...

 

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...

 

Manager Earnest plans exit within 2 years

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    November 10, 2011

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...

 

Sign ordinance making way through assembly

An ordinance to permit off-premises or "sandwich" signs as a conditional use will go to the Haines Borough’s government affairs and...

 
 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...

 

Four approved for consulting pool

The Haines Borough Assembly last week voted 4-1 to authorize manager Mark Earnest to hire from a pool of four consultants for the...

 

Picture Point, parks to be addressed in borough code

The Haines Borough would establish a public park at Picture Point and increase regulation of parks borough-wide under two ordinances the assembly...

 

Assembly pencils in $30K for wrecks

The Haines Borough Assembly would spend up to $30,000 to remove and dispose of junk on a Small Tracts Road property under a "last resort"...

 

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...

 

Group of 30 brainstorms future of Chilkat Center

The Haines Borough’s government affairs and services committee and about 30 residents on Tuesday brainstormed how to best manage and promote...

 

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....

 

Pochardt takes over borough CYD effort

Meredith Pochardt turned a summer job with Takshanuk Watershed Council into a longer stay in Haines. Pochardt last week started as the Haines...

 

Members sought for port steering group

Borough manager Mark Earnest has recommended an 18-member Haines Port Development Steering Committee. "It’s an advisory group,"...

 
 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...

 

Assembly to vote on old school demolition

Members of the Haines Borough Assembly are set to approve a bid for demolishing the remaining portion of the old elementary school at their meeting on...

 

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...

 

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...

 

School study went idle as demolition loomed

also by Tom Morphet Progress on a "programming study" to determine who and what might go into a renovated elementary school apparently...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 15, 2011

Lemcke stays on job

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday approved the hire of Brian Lemcke as director of public facilities. Lemcke had filled the interim role since...

 

Process botched, says job-seeker

Delays in the hiring process and a mistake in the advertised pay left the Haines Borough’s choice for its firefighter job uncertain about...

 

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...

 

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...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 25, 2011

Helicopter group meeting delayed

Borough manager Mark Earnest this week said a mayor-appointed helicopter skiing work group again might take up the topic of global positioning system...

 

Assembly OKs SEABA permit

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 18, 2011

Borough leaders talk about youth drinking

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

 

Assembly proceeds with demolition

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 4, 2011

BREATHE?

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

 

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...

 

Rec center could make October ballot

A vote to measure demand for a community recreation center could join a potentially crowded ballot in October, but a decision on the future of the...

 

Lemcke steps in as interim public facilities director

Brian Lemcke, the Haines Borough’s new interim director of public facilities, said his first few days on the job have shown "there’s...

 

Harbor grapples with confusing fuel prices

By Margaret Friedenauer Haines and Skagway - only 13 miles of water separate the two towns, but they are a world apart in gas prices. Or are they?...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    July 7, 2011

Next ATV ordinance hearing delayed

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    July 7, 2011

Borough hires interim public facilities director

Brian Lemcke returned to work for the Haines Borough this week, as the new interim director of public facilities. Lemcke, a former city councilor who...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 30, 2011

Haines, Klukwan spared in vetoes; Road work, heritage center get go-ahead

Haines and Klukwan capital projects survived Gov. Sean Parnell’s veto pen on Wednesday, netting the area nearly $9 million in funds. Projects...

 

Hartman only applicant for rec board; borough still seeking applications

Applications for the Haines Borough’s revived, seven-member Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee are still being accepted, after only one...

 

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...

 

Independent tour operators moved off dock; Draft plan changed to offer space at visitor's center

By Margaret Friedenauer Local independent tour operators are no longer allowed at the Port Chilkoot Dock to sell to cruise ship passengers in a...

 

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...

 

Borough approves cruise study

The McDowell Group of Juneau will conduct a $19,900 Haines cruise passenger study this summer. The Haines Borough Assembly on June 14 approved the...

 

Delta Western lease still in negotiations; Additionally, fuel pumping at harbor temporarily taken over by borough

Haines Borough is still awaiting a signature by Delta Western executives to finalize a successor of lease for the Lutak Fuel Facility. "I think...

 
 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 CVN Staff    News    June 16, 2011

Executive assistant Schnabel gives notice

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

 
 By 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

Dock parking ban irks locals

The Haines Borough put together a parking plan for Port Chilkoot Dock this week after residents reacted angrily to warning tickets they received for...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 9, 2011

Hershey meet draws 80 youngsters

The Hershey Track Meet, an elementary school classic for students age nine to 14, had about 80 Haines students participate, said physical education...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    June 2, 2011

Effort aims to end 1 percent tour tax

Resident Sally McGuire this week said she is preparing to collect signatures for a ballot initiative to abolish the Haines Borough’s 1 percent...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 2, 2011

DOT seeks way to keep signs up longer

A requirement to remove signs and benches from the state’s right-of-way on Main Street may be delayed under a plan by the state Department of Tr...

 
 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 Tom Morphet    News    May 26, 2011

PC Dock pricetag continues to climb; Trestle estimate $3.5 million

About $2.9 million the Haines Borough has set aside for the Port Chilkoot Dock trestle replacement won’t be enough to pay for the job,...

 
 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 CVN Staff    News    May 26, 2011

Bicycle-motorist safety discussed

Do bicyclists take up more than their share of local roads? That was a discussion at a recent Haines Borough Planning Commission meeting, where...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 26, 2011

First meeting gathers 'Friends of Picture Point'

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    May 19, 2011

Capital bill holds $9 million for town; Parnell yet to wield veto pen

The Alaska Legislature has approved about $8.5 million in capital projects spending in the Haines Borough, including $4.5 million for rehabilitation...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 19, 2011

Open seat may go to appointee

Haines Borough attorney Brooks Chandler has recommended Greg Goodman’s vacated borough assembly seat be filled by appointment until the October...

 
 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    News    May 19, 2011

Borough to adopt sprinkler allowance

Metered residential water customers could apply for a Haines Borough summertime sprinkler allowance following adoption of an ordinance set for a...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 19, 2011

Recreation group to reorganize; Members quit in 2008, citing lack of effectiveness

The Haines Borough Assembly on May 10 advanced an ordinance that would form an advisory committee for parks and recreation programs, resurrecting a...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 19, 2011

Borough discusses taxi insurance

A Haines Borough requirement of $500,000 general liability insurance for commercial passenger vehicles is tied to the costs of medevac emergencies,...

 
 By Krista Kielsmeier    News    May 12, 2011

Court: Goodman out, hold new vote

Greg Goodman has lost his seat on the Haines Borough Assembly following an appeal from write-in candidate Karen Hess, according to a posting...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 12, 2011

Legislature OKs $300K for valley

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 12, 2011

KHNS seeks change in center agreement

Public radio station KHNS is seeking changes to its rental arrangement at the Chilkat Center. The station currently manages the building in lieu of pa...

 
 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

Assembly votes 4-2 for new signs

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

 
 By 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...

 

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 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...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 7, 2011

Tax, reserves slated to balance budget; Earnest presents spending plan

Haines Borough Assembly members got their first look at manager Mark Earnest’s budget for the coming year Tuesday. The $13.9 million borough...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 7, 2011

Bicycle group to roll out goals, moniker

About two dozen residents turned out March 30 for discussion of bicycling needs in the community. Bike rider Norman Hughes said political advocacy,...

 

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...

 

Manager approves 2,200 skier days

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has allocated a total of 2,200 skier days to the borough’s three helicopter skiing tour operators for a...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    April 7, 2011

School board reviews draft budget

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 31, 2011

Food trailers secure permanent approval; Decision on 3rd food stand looms

The Haines Borough has quietly granted permanent status to two modified trailers operating as food vending businesses on a lot next to the post...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 31, 2011

Young: Harbor funds rest on earmarking

U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, will attempt to segregate Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands into a separate category for U.S. Army Corps of...

 

Borough comprehensive plan begins with scientific survey

The Haines Borough’s updated comprehensive plan will explore "what Haines is going to look like in the year 2020 and how we chart a path...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 31, 2011

Assembly OKs $225K for pump station

The Haines Borough Assembly on March 22 approved up to $225,000 for replacement of a Barnett Drive water pump station to improve capacity. The...

 

Borough seeks end of garbage contract; Assembly backs free-market tact

The Haines Borough is taking steps to dump its involvement in garbage collection. Haines Sanitation owner Tom Hall, who holds an exclusive contract...

 

Duly Noted

Grandparents Pam and Jim Moore were happy to be on hand for the birth of their eighth grandchild. The daughter of Haines high grad Jonathan Moore and...

 

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...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 24, 2011

Fuel truck traffic down; tariff cited

The number of fuel trucks shipping ultra low sulfur diesel from Delta Western tanks in Haines to northern locations has dropped from roughly 12 per...

 

Scenic funds sought for Point buy; Federal program hasn't awarded money since 2009

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest this week said the next step in possible borough acquisition of Picture Point is to apply for a National Scenic...

 

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...

 

Assembly to revisit dock rates Tuesday

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday is set to have further discussion on proposed exponential rate increases for using Lutak Dock. "I think...

 

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

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

 

Ordinance would require hearing for new heli-ports

The Haines Borough Assembly on March 8 advanced an ordinance that would make heliports a conditional use in the general use planning and zoning...

 

Roof bid under budget

The winning bid for roof maintenance and replacement at the Haines Senior Center came in nearly $25,000 under budget. The Haines Borough Assembly on...

 

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 Tom Morphet    News    March 10, 2011

Chamber: Dock fees will hurt retail trade

Haines business leaders say they’re afraid that a proposed jump in fees at the borough-owned Lutak Dock would be passed directly to local...

 

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...

 

Hike proposed in freight rates

The Haines Borough is considering exponential rate increases for using Lutak Dock, under a proposed ordinance set for a second public hearing...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 3, 2011

School seeks new gym floor pad

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 3, 2011

Manager will seek assembly direction on trailers

Haines Borough manager Mark Earnest said he would turn to the assembly or possibly the planning commission for direction on the question of...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 3, 2011

Earnest: Budget will be 'uncomfortable'

The Haines Borough budget for the coming year will amount to "putting a size 9 foot into a size 8½ shoe," borough manager Mark...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    March 3, 2011

Haines, Skagway meeting Monday

The Haines Borough and Municipality of Skagway assemblies are set to meet Monday at a joint work session in Skagway. Haines Borough Assembly members...

 

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...

 

Borough buys 'lawn tractor' for $18K

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

 

More skier days, 3rd operator proposed; Plan would up skier days to 2,600, incorporate 'photographer days'

Resident Rob Goldberg said he stopped answering his phone following a proposal to more than double the Haines Borough’s heli-skiing skier-day...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 10, 2011

Decision on food trailers looms

Three modified trailers serving food downtown are poised to gain permanent status under requests to Haines Borough officials to redefine them as...

 

Old gym: Community or recreation center?

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

 
 By 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...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    February 10, 2011

Picture Point price $450K

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

 

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    February 3, 2011

Rozbicki elected top leader of Chamber

Ned Rozbicki is the new president of the Haines Chamber of Commerce. Rozbicki, 43, has lived in Haines 20 years and works as an independent insurance...

 

Borough accelerates port work for potential bond

In preparation for "an emerging opportunity" to secure Lutak Dock funding, Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest has requested to speed up the...

 

Carlson to start March 1 as tour director

Tanya Carlson will return to Alaska as the Haines Borough’s tourism director. Carlson, a product developer for Holiday Vacations in Wisconsin,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 20, 2011

Haines Sanitation permit, contract up

Haines Borough and State of Alaska officials will be taking a closer look at Haines Sanitation operations in coming months, as two documents vital to...

 

Scouts resume push to finish camp

The Haines Venturer Scouts have requested additional legislative funding for a Boy Scout camp on Mud Bay Road. Greg Podsiki, director of both the camp...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    January 13, 2011

Heli-ski discussion Tuesday

Both the Haines Borough’s heli-skiing work group and Haines Borough Assembly committee-of-the-whole are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss a...

 

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...

 

Hess to seek administrative appeal

Karen Hess will pursue her appeal of last fall’s municipal election as an administrative appeal instead of a civil suit. "We filed an admin...

 

Carlson offered job as tourism director

Borough manager Mark Earnest has offered the tourism director position to a 2001 University of Alaska-Southeast graduate who worked as a naturalist fo...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    January 6, 2011

Downtown revitalization effort set for Jan. 26 kick-off

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

 

U.S. Senate bill with harbor work funds voted down

A U.S. Senate bill that included $478,000 for the Haines harbor was defeated last month, but borough manager Mark Earnest said he is...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 16, 2010

Fuel tariff to raise $168K more yearly

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a new fuel tariff expected to nearly quadruple municipal revenues from shipments, based...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 16, 2010

HAL gets variance; planners say system 'broken'

Haines Borough planning commissioners last week approved a variance for Haines Assisted Living’s addition, but said that continuing,...

 

Meet-and-greet Monday for tour director finalists

Two of three finalists for the Haines Borough’s vacant tourism director position are expected to attend a 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20,...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    December 16, 2010

One-year borough job replaces contract position

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

 

Assembly ranks project priorities, delays heli-ski permit

The Haines Borough Assembly Dec. 14 approved resolutions that ranked 2011 federal and state legislative priorities. The capital budget priorities for...

 

Tour ordinance still dogs leaders

The Haines Borough Assembly on Nov. 30 again declined to adopt an ordinance that would deter "frivolous" applications for commercial tour...

 

Assembly to cover Goodman legal fees; Will reimburse up to $1,500

The Haines Borough Assembly met in executive session Monday and authorized reimbursing Greg Goodman "up to $1,500 of legal fees incurred in...

 

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...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    December 2, 2010

Hess court hearing slated for Dec. 15

The Haines Borough Assembly at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, will have a second executive session on a lawsuit filed in Superior Court that challenges...

 

Energy commission future in limbo; Scott resigns

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

 

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...

 

Borough narrows tour job list

The Haines Borough will interview at least three of nine of the initial applicants for its tourism director job. Manager Mark Earnest completed the...

 

Borough employees conserving energy? Assembly discusses if tips should be policies or guidelines

The Energy Sustainability Commission (ESC) has written an energy conservation guide for Haines Borough employees, but how the guide will be enforced...

 

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...

 

Tour idea stymies assembly; Question is whether to place limits after permit denial

The Haines Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 30, will hold a third public hearing for an ordinance that aims to limit repeat applications for...

 

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

Hess sues borough, Goodman

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest and assemblyman Greg Goodman have until Thanksgiving to respond to a lawsuit challenging Goodman’s...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    November 11, 2010

Picture Point deal in discussion

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest said he expected to have information for the assembly on possible municipal purchase of Picture Point property at...

 
 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...

 
 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

Nine apply for borough tourism manager job; Application period remains open

The Haines Borough has received nine applications for the vacant tourism director position as of Tuesday, according to borough clerk Julie Cozzi....

 
 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...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    October 21, 2010

Seek fuel lease funds, former lawyer says

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

 

Goodman interviewed on residency

Former police chief Greg Goodman responded to questions for about 10 minutes during an Oct. 15 interview at the Haines Borough Public Library as part...

 

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

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

 

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

Vick, Goodman win votes for assembly; Hess says she'll contest result

Haines Borough voters chose incumbent Steve Vick over opponents Linda Geise and John Winge in a three-way race for the assembly Tuesday. Voters also c...

 
 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    October 7, 2010

Stout resigns

The Haines Borough will have discussions with a firefighter applicant from Sitka following the resignation of Jeff Stout Tuesday. Stout was hired for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 30, 2010

Borough's EMT hire draws fire

The hire of former insurance agent Jeff Stout to a full-time job at the firehall has some volunteer firefighters seeing red. Borough manager Mark...

 
 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 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...

 

Opinion

    It’s right for the Haines Borough to re-evaluate its tourism promotion program with the departure of director Lori Stepansky, who...

 
 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    September 9, 2010

Stepansky quits; job to get 2nd look

Haines Borough Manager Mark Earnest said he wants to revisit the government’s tourism program before hiring its next director. Lori Stepansky,...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 9, 2010

Borough drafts language of bear ordinance for Sept. 21

Residents may face new restrictions on how they care for their garbage and other attractants like fruit trees and livestock under a proposed bear...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    September 9, 2010

Keeping old gym still a question

The Haines Borough Assembly may decide Thursday whether to keep or demolish the old elementary school gym and adjoining east wing. Borough assembly...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    September 2, 2010

Questions come with food to go

Food businesses in trailers are serving up a host of issues for the Haines Borough as they morph into permanent structures after losing their wheels....

 
 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 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

Policy will outline employee participation

A policy on the rights and responsibilities of Haines Borough employees who participate in borough politics will be delineated in an employee handbook...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 19, 2010

Mosquito Lake heating dumped District rejects borough award

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 12, 2010

Assembly to consider fines for heli-ski outfit

The Haines Borough Assembly will meet as a committee to discuss a fee schedule for violations of its helicopter tour permits 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    August 12, 2010

Boiler fires school board discussion

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 12, 2010

Manager will solicit for downtown group

Haines Borough manager Mark Earnest said he’s hoping to put together by the end of August an ad hoc working group to review the downtown...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 5, 2010

'Bear summit' aims at educating residents

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

 
 By CVN Staff    News    August 5, 2010

Seven apply in second round of harbormaster hire

The Haines Borough will consider seven new applications for harbormaster, seeking to fill a position that’s been open three months. Applicants...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 29, 2010

Heli-ski firm exceeds increased flight limit Borough may penalize SEABA

Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures exceeded its allowable skier days this year by 22 percent, despite a 29 percent increase provided by the Haine...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 22, 2010

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

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 22, 2010

'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 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 CVN Staff    News    July 8, 2010

Assembly gets playground roof

The Haines Borough will be asked to approve the school board’s recent decision to spend nearly $280,000 for a roof over the paved playground...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 24, 2010

Carpet switch at school

The Haines Borough School Board has approved spending $19,000 for removing and replacing "walk-off" carpeting in the lobby of the new...

 
 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

Top candidate for job at harbor turns it down

The Haines Borough will re-advertise its harbormaster job after its top candidate for the job – Ed Barrett of Whittier – turned down an of...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    June 10, 2010

Group proposes pedestrian signs

A committee appointed to develop new pedestrian signs for the borough has determined 13 locations for them and as many as 21 landmarks they’ll...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    June 3, 2010

Assembly replaces borough attorney

The Haines Borough has hired new legal help. On the recommendation of manager Mark Earnest, the assembly voted 6-0 last month to dump the Anchorage...

 
 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 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 CVN Staff    Letters    May 27, 2010

Borough turning paved roads into gravel

It appears that the Haines Borough’s idea of downtown beautification is to turn paved roads into gravel roads. By re-designating funds that...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 27, 2010

Harbor group envisions next work to existing basin

Members of a Haines Borough advisory committee May 20 envisioned expanding the Boat Harbor southward, adding moorage for as many as 50 new slips,...

 
 By CVN Staff    News    May 20, 2010

Downtown paving job waits until at least 2011

If you spill your coffee driving down Third Avenue, you might consider a bib. Resurfacing of downtown streets – recently a high priority for...

 
 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

Assembly OKs 10K pay hike for harbormaster

The Haines Borough Assembly Friday May 7 gave the borough manager the go-ahead to increase harbormaster pay by up to $10,000 to attract the...

 
 By Jessica Edwards    News    May 13, 2010

Contract assessor to be hired; Borough abandons attempts for permanent position

The Haines Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday for contracting with an assessing firm to complete borough assessments and to train a local pers...