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Hard man lived rugged life alone, with few friends

Ed Beitner was a sportsman who excelled at alpine hunting, a machinist and a stern, uncompromising man who taught his family the backcountry survival... Full story


Skilled tradesman remembered as hard worker, loving father

For 23 years Mike Murphy (59) worked for Roger Schnabel at Southeast Roadbuilders. "We met in 1980,... Full story


Mechanic loved his work; gave trusted advice

About forty friends gathered at Jones Point Cemetery Wednesday to pay last respects to Dave Dal Maso, who died suddenly on Sept. 30 of apparent heart... Full story


Former lodge manager passes

Haines friends were saddened by the news that Karen "Suzy" Combest died Sept. 9 in Texas. Combest... Full story


Paulina Phillips taught Tlingit culture through song

Paulina Phillips was passionate about the songs, dances and stories that were the heart of her... Full story


Bruce Gilbert: pioneering climber, community leader

When 34 year-old Bruce Gilbert arrived in Haines in 1965 with his bride Gail to teach school and... Full story


Kerwin launched annual health fair

Former Haines public health nurse Naomi Kerwin died June 22 in Palo Alto, Calif. She was 83 and had... Full story


Homesteader Loomis dies at 95

Former resident Bernard "Jerry" Loomis died July 5 in Toledo, Wash. following a brief illness. He... Full story


Seabee Bieleski traveled widely

A rosary is scheduled 7 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for lifelong resident Tom... Full story


Kelm volunteered, worked editing

Friends and neighbors paid last respects to Diana Kelm at a graveside service Friday hosted by her... Full story


Song Nash was chef, entrepreneur

The funeral for Song Nash in Shoreline, Wash., Monday filled the 600 seats of St. Luke Catholic...


Don Petersen mined 45 years

Longtime Porcupine gold miner Don Petersen died May 1 following a fall at his Haines Highway home...


Ahmuty remembered for athleticism, enthusiasm

Former resident Kaci Ahmuty died in Bend, Ore. on April 25. She was 45 and had battled breast...


Sele served city and bank as clerk

Dorothy Sele, who worked as a clerk for the City of Haines and as a teller at the Haines bank, died...


Kurtz, 74, advocated for port, rail projects

Bill Kurz was buried March 16 at Jones Point in a large crate he had used as a toolbox. Kurz, who ha...


Duis volunteered with ANB, Hospice

Community volunteer Bob Duis, 70, died Jan 31 of heart failure at the health clinic. Duis retired...


Tattoo artist Baker liked to play host

Joe Baker, a tattoo artist and 29-year Haines resident, died Jan. 23 at his home in Port Edwards,...


Jepsen taught at church farm

Richard Jepsen, a longtime math teacher and gardener at Covenant Life Center, died Thursday at a...


Smith, longtime nurse, dies in Virginia at 102

Vera Smith, who worked as a Haines public health nurse for the state and federal governments, died...


Hinman took pride in parenting

Josephine Marian Hinman died Nov. 30 in Juneau at Bartlett Regional Hospital of complications from...


Hertz confronted adversity with optimism, faith

Erwin Hertz, a logger-turned-electrician who confronted hardship with optimism and faith, died...


Smith: Paratrooper, logger 'did what he wanted'

A celebration of Leo Smith's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the American Legion....


Jackson remembered as 'faithful friend'

Olive Jackson, 92, died peacefully at home on Nov. 6. She had recently been diagnosed with cancer....


Willard known for good humor and work ethic

Friends and family will hold a celebration of Lawrence Willard's life beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 19...


Betty Lorraine Smith was a wonderful, devoted mother

Betty Lorraine (Hample) Smith entered this world on March 23rd, 1926 in Grand Rapids, Michigan,...


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