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Note to readers

I stepped back into reporting, editing and taking photos this week, filling in for interim editor John Stang, who needed time in Seattle to attend to...

 

Editorial

As I recently filed to run for a seat on the Haines Borough Assembly, people have been asking me how I will run the newspaper and also run for...

 

Editorial

The Southeast Alaska State Fair, our town’s biggest celebration, certainly earns its ranking as one of the preeminent cultural events in the...

 

Editorial

Instead of tying itself in knots on the question of selling a lot on Third and Main or making it a park, borough leaders could steer a middle course...

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

The town has some fancifully painted crosswalks, so let’s refresh ourselves about what those thick, white lines mean. Stepping into a crosswalk give...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    June 9, 2016

Editorial

At 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, a woman apparently off the cruise ship used a cell phone to snap a selfie with the new fish carving at Old Haines Highway and...

 

Editorial

Making a park of the Haines Borough lot at Main Street and Third Avenue may be a good idea, but we needn’t do it right now. The lot is already a de...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    May 26, 2016

Editorial

Who is in charge of scheduling in this town? No one. Should there be? Consider: On Saturday, May 14, civic-minded folks were forced to choose between...

 

Editorial

Congratulations, William Seward, on being chosen as the Haines Borough’s new manager. It’s a tough job, one that has overwhelmed most of the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Editorial

I participated in the 16 Mile cleanup Saturday. I wasn’t planning to spend an hour scooping bullet casings, metal junk and half-burnt copies of...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 21, 2016

Editorial

It seems oddly synchronous that John Schnabel, Layton Bennett, Ray Menaker and Bob Henderson died within a year of each other. (Henderson, age 95,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    March 31, 2016

Editorial

A plan by Alaska legislators to whack funding for public health nurse personnel seems like a particularly cruel cut. A public health nurse is often...

 

Editorial

Winter can grow long in the tooth in March and April. The calendar marks the start of spring but Alaskans who have been snowed on in May know the seas...

 

Editorial

Judging by recent public comments, community discussion of nonprofits has somewhat devolved into arguments about whether such organizations are good...

 

Editorial

The problem with newly-hired police officer Chris Brown’s stated determination to curb over-serving in local bars is not that Brown wants to stop ov...

 

Editorial

Soaking in the Takhini Hot Springs pool Saturday, I overheard a conversation between a middle-aged Yank from Ohio and a young Australian traveler. The...

 

Editorial

To save us some potential embarrassment and money, the Haines Borough Assembly should advance to voters a $10 million bond for completion of the boat...

 

Editorial

A push to revoke the borough’s motor vehicle tax no doubt will have some popular appeal. No one likes paying taxes and the borough has been slow... Full story

 

Editorial

A push to revoke the borough’s motor vehicle tax no doubt will have some popular appeal. No one likes paying taxes and the borough has been slow... Full story

 

Editorial

With the recent failure of high-ranking government executives who came from out of town, the pendulum of public opinion is predictably swinging back...

 

Editorial

It’s right that we set aside time each year to reflect on our blessings. As Alaskans parked in God’s country, we probably should offer...

 

Editorial

I intended to use this space to encourage you to think of the community this holiday season, and to consider a donation to the Chilkat Valley...

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

That King’s Store is struggling should be a concern for our community. The store offers valuable services and products that make life here better...

 

Editorial

It’s with great sadness that we report this week the death of Ray Menaker, the founder of this newspaper. We were hoping Ray would make it to...

 

To Your Health

With the fall weather comes a new hunting season. Wild game is a very healthy diet choice. Benefits come from the lean meat, the clean and natural...

 

Editorial

A dozen or more citizens of widely divergent political opinions met for several hours Saturday, working to slow down 250 minor offense laws that the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 27, 2015

Editorial

As it was only about 15 years ago that brown bear sows and cubs started showing up in numbers along the Chilkoot River during daylight hours, the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 13, 2015

Editorial

Haines Borough policy allowing free, overflow camping in public places during events that book the town could stand some tweaking. Putting campers in...

 

Editorial

The latest act in the farce that is the recent history of the Haines Borough Police Department is last week’s message from city hall: The police for...

 

Editorial

Credit Southeast Alaska State Fair board chairman Eric Forster and resident Chris Miller for the new climbing tower and zip line project at the...

 

Editorial

Haines Borough leaders – or citizens – would be wise to put this advisory question on the ballot for the October municipal election: “Do you...

 

Editorial

On deadline Wednesday night, I went to the home of wildlife trooper Ken VanSpronsen to give him a second opportunity to explain his departure from the...

 

Editorial

In his 1989 book “The Lost Continent,” writer and social observer Bill Bryson goes looking for small-town America. His grim findings included Winf...

 

Editorial

Citizens have raised legitimate questions about how matters sent to the Haines Borough Assembly sometimes don’t get placed on meeting agendas. Borou...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Editorial

It was a fitting coincidence that the Haines School Board approved pursuing an agreement for housing the Chilkat Valley Preschool on the same day...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 30, 2015

Editorial

I am borrowing an idea from my friend Heather Lende by “finding the good” in the Alaska Legislature’s recent decision to eliminate funding for...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 16, 2015

Editorial

Working on the Haines Visitor’s Guide this week made us think of using the town’s marketing slogan, “Adventure Capital of Alaska.” Including...

 

Editorial

Hiring a lobbyist to work the Alaska Legislature would amount to adding yet another high-level position at the Haines Borough at a time when the...

 

Editorial

It’s a disservice to taxpayers that spending details previously included in the Haines Borough budget have been left out this year. The budget is...

 

Editorial

Concerns about the Small Boat Harbor expansion project reflect serious flaws in the Haines Borough’s public review process. This project has been...

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

Why is city hall silent about budget cuts slated for Haines by the Alaska Legislature? Legislators have proposed to eliminate the Haines Division of...

 

Editorial

A reasonable person looking at Alaska’s budget “shortfall” might conclude that our state’s leaders – from Gov. Bill Walker on down – are...

 

Editorial

What makes a town a good place to live are a thousand small acts, all of them unselfish, like shoveling your neighbor’s sidewalk or giving some...

 

Editorial

News coverage of the Yukon Quest sled dog race this week rekindled memories of Haines mushers and mushing in Haines. It seems ancient history now, but...

 

Editorial

Discussion of selling the Mosquito Lake School Jan. 15 veered off on a tangent about the town’s prospects, a trajectory not untypical for a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Editorial

It appears likely the town will soon have a community and economic development director. Taxpayers may be justifiably skeptical of funding this job. T...

 

Editorial

Haines Borough taxpayers should think twice before accepting the notion that they’re on the hook for rebuilding the Lutak Dock. What public service...

 

Editorial

Thanks to Wayne Cowart and other church leaders who organized the community Thanksgiving celebration at Haines School. A communitywide get-together...

 

Editorials

Christmas lights already strung around town are a welcome sight. It’s been gray around here since June and the weatherman says we’re in for more....

 

Editorial

If you think voting doesn’t change anything, consider the money spent in the past few months to influence how you mark your ballot. Between the Augu...

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

Congratulations to the winners of Tuesday’s election and thanks to all the candidates who ran. A campaign is a great opportunity to hear ideas from...

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

A person learns early in life that the only real independence is financial – having your own money. That’s as true for towns as it is for people....

 

Editorial

There may have been a real need for an community and economic development director in Haines before Darsie Culbeck proposed the job last fall;Culbeck...

 

Editorial

There was a dust-up over the orange arrows spray-painted around town for the Sheldon Museum’s Totem Trot fundraiser. The arrows were drawn with...

 

Editorial

Joe Parnell’s column this week is a paid advertisement because Parnell is now a candidate for local office. During a political campaign, the...

 

Editorial

The Haines Borough Assembly reversal last week of its tour moratorium at Chilkoot Lake reflects that the town hasn’t yet figured out its...

 

Editorial

At a workshop Tuesday, Haines Borough Assembly members pondered $21 million they need to raise to replace the sewage treatment plant, expand the boat...

 

Editorial

Back when it hosted the statewide community theater festival ACTFest, Haines billed itself as “Alaska’s Theater Town.” That may have been an...

 

Editorial

The Downtown Revitalization Committee should untether itself from the Haines Borough. Downtown revitalization – at its core – is about rebuilding...

 

Editorial

Funny how things work out. On the Fourth of July with no official fireworks display, the unofficial fireworks were glorious – and everywhere....

 

Editorial

Independence Day is the better name for the holiday we celebrate this week. It marks the day in 1776 that 13 colonies declared themselves free from...

 

Editorial

Recent revelations about the behavior of former Haines Borough Police Sgt. Jason Joel should lead the municipality to create new policies to follow...

 

Editorial

Dave Ricke’s crew made the raising of the Fort Seward fire hall hose tower look easy Tuesday. The tower is an impressive addition to Fort Seward...

 

Editorial

If you’ve seen us out covering stories or taking photos that haven’t appeared in these pages, please bear with us. The end of the school year,...

 

Editorial

An old friend remarked to me the other day she’d lived here long enough to remember when greenies supported tourism and rednecks were against it....

 

Editorial

If you don’t think it pays to shop at home, consider that local sales taxes raised $2.74 million last year, or nearly one-quarter of the...

 

Editorial

The Chilkat Valley News extends a welcome to new Haines Borough Manager David Sosa and his family. Sosa arrives at a critical juncture in our...

 

Editorial

Four heli-skiing deaths in Haines since 2012 are an unacceptable toll. They’re also a black eye for our town, an unnecessary public expense and a...

 

Editorial

Despite the absence of the valley’s major retailers and its manufacturers, the Haines Chamber of Commerce “Economic Summit” was a success for...

 

Editorial

Participants in the upcoming economic development forum might consider these points: 1) The economic and social issues facing our town are not unique...

 

Editorial

It’s good to save money, but the Haines Borough’s accumulation of $1.4 million in a permanent fund “earnings reserve” begs some big...

 

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...

 

Editorial

An “economic development summit” scheduled for Haines March 8 can’t come soon enough. Shrinkage of state capital project spending in Haines,...

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

If the Haines Borough enters into contract negotiations with David Sosa, the manager’s leave needs to be pared way back from the 48 days past...

 

Editorial

Why has the Haines Borough run through seven managers in 11 years? 1) Good managers are hard to find. 2) Haines is difficult to manage. 3) A...

 

Editorial

Publishing last week’s big Thanksgiving newspaper was fun and brought to mind my start in the news business 40 years ago, delivering the Philadelphi...

 

Editorial

You can work off some of your Thanksgiving feast with a walk around town Friday. It’s the biggest shopping day of the year, and a chance to get...

 

Editorial

People say things don’t change much in a small town, but events in Haines last weekend demonstrated that’s not always the case. Saturday’s open...

 

Editorial

It’s not surprising that Haines Borough Assembly members who interviewed four finalists for the manager position Tuesday weren’t particularly...

 

Editorial

Some readers have questioned why the CVN publishes letters they find offensive. It has been this newspaper’s longtime policy to publish letters...

 

Editorial

By at least the informal measure of a Fish and Game employee surveying creels, the number of visitors here for Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend was...

 

Editorial

Assembly and school board turnover from the recent municipal election and pending changes at the top of the borough and police department provide us...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    October 3, 2013

Editorial 1

Voting machines that reject ballots on which preferences aren’t marked for each question smack of the nanny state and need to be fixed. Voters...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    October 3, 2013

Editorial 2

Juneau residents advocating a road up Lynn Canal have some explaining to do before people in Haines take their cause seriously. Specifically, they...

 

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...

 

Editorial

Biologists say this fall’s coho return looks to be a strong one. That means we’ll likely see scores of Yukon fishermen camped along the Chilkat...

 

Editorial

A friend recently engaged me in a conversation about teachers, who, according to my friend, “don’t like kids.” The implication was that...

 

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...

 

Editorial

Hats off to Chilkat Center supporters for their efforts to improve the building, including this Saturday’s gala featuring musicians from the Los...

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

Now that the fine-tuning is done, it’s time for good men and women to come to the aid of their borough and file as candidates for elected office....

 

Editorial

People often say they don’t know art, but they know what they like. People who know art call Klukwan’s Whale House artifacts “the crown jewels...

 

Editorial

The Haines Borough Assembly has decided against hiring a headhunting firm and instead will hire a new police chief itself, with the input of the...

 

Editorial

A friend recently commented that there was “too much government news” in our newspaper. Another reader told me he thinks the newspaper does a...

 

Editorial

Lenise Henderson Fontenot, the Haines-based Alaska Arts Confluence and the Haines Borough deserve credit for big improvements to facades on Main...

 

Editorial

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 25, 2013

Editorial

By extending a $53,000 “courtesy” bonus to police chief Gary Lowe, the Haines Borough Assembly last week bankrupted arguments that the... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 18, 2013

Editorial

There was never a Chilkoot Lake Ice Classic, though Ted Gregg thought there should have been. Ted stood up at a Haines Chamber of Commerce meeting in... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 11, 2013

Editorial

To demonstrate their respect for the law, Haines Borough leaders should refer the complaint against outgoing police chief Gary Lowe to the Alaska... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 4, 2013

Editorial

As a matter of policy, the Chilkat Valley News does not publish allegations from anonymous sources. People accused of wrongdoing, we believe, deserve... Full story

 

Editorial

The Haines Borough Assembly’s personnel committee should reduce allotted leave in the manager’s contract during its upcoming review of that...

 

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...

 

Editorial

We ask that you look at the Babbling Book advertisement on page 8 of this newspaper. It’s the first part of a CVN advertising campaign to...

 

Editorial

Some readers complained this week that my story and headline last week about the state trooper’s report on the Oct. 23 drowning death of Ted Lynch w...

 

Editorial

A local motor vehicle tax to help clean up junked vehicles isn’t a bad idea, but critics seem to be saying they’d like to see the Haines Borough...

 

Editorial

A photo posted during her remembrance ceremony in August showed a teenage Harriett Jurgeleit and her younger sister hiking on a ridge of Mount Ripinsk...

 

Editorial

Like math students who must “show their work” when solving problems, leaders elected by the public are required to make their decisions in public...

 

Editorial

Fall fishing in Haines is a long tradition and growing attraction. We can make it just right by addressing basic needs. Garbage cans and restrooms...

 

Editorial

It’s typical for newspapers to reveal government secrets. That’s the role of the press in a free society: To tell people what’s going on, not...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 23, 2012

"Haines hero" Eric McDowell dies at 69

Haines schoolmates of Eric McDowell this week described him as a role model and valued friend....

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 9, 2012

Editorial

This week’s story about a high, per-capita income in Haines left us in the newsroom scratching our heads. If federal statisticians are correct,...

 

Editorial

The Southeast Alaska State Fair seems to have hit its stride. By gradually adding rides, expanding participatory events (like this year’s Zombie...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    July 26, 2012

Editorial

In recent years, as the word “taxes” became lethal to political careers, savvy politicians turned to user fees to raise revenues. They hiked fees...

 

Commentary

Haines Borough leaders need to make sure their good intentions concerning wood-pellet fuel don’t end up costing taxpayers. It’s one thing for priv...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    July 12, 2012

Opinion

If illegal dumping at roadsides weren’t a serious issue here, sorting through trash to identify its owner would seem a little funny, along the lines...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    June 28, 2012

Commentary

Whenever I start feeling that publishing a newspaper makes a difference in the world, I get news...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    June 7, 2012

Commentary

Instead of an old truck, suppose I owned a Bentley, a high-performance luxury car, a sophisticated piece of equipment requiring a specialized...

 

Commentary

Haines Borough Assembly members should think long, hard and outside-the-box about their approach to hiring a new municipal manager. Since government...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    May 3, 2012

Commentary

In last week’s paper, we asked several Haines Borough leaders their views on what constituted economic development. Ideas ranged from attracting...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 19, 2012

Commentary

Closure of the Elks Lodge is a big loss for our community, but perhaps inevitable. Elks membership was in decline and there didn’t seem to be...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    April 5, 2012

Commentary

They say you’re a geezer if you spend your day wondering why things aren’t as good as they were back when you were a kid. Call me King Geezer, the... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    March 29, 2012

Commentary

By many measures, the Haines Borough School District is doing a good job. It’s keeping up with “No Child Left Behind” standards and addressing... Full story

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    March 1, 2012

Commentary

Former Alaska state Sen. Jan Faiks once made headlines with a remark, concerning a legislative junket to Hawaii, that “Waikiki is no picnic.” The... Full story

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    January 5, 2012

Opinion

Let’s hope the Haines Borough Assembly will decide to fix the Chilkat Center roof without too much more deliberation. Facilities director Brian... Full story

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    December 22, 2011

Opinion

A solitary leather work shoe, retrieved from a harbor snow bank and tacked up as a lost item on a Main Street bulletin board a few weeks ago, seemed... Full story

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    December 8, 2011

Opinion

Haines High School’s four top wrestlers left Wednesday to ride in a car more than 1,000 miles to the state championship wrestling tournament in...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    November 24, 2011

Opinion

It’s prudent that the Haines Borough start socking away money for major repairs or replacement of its premier facilities, like the Chilkat...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    November 3, 2011

Opinion

That citizens are now leading Haines Borough officials by the nose to enforce the municipality’s laws on junk cars is only the most recent...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    October 27, 2011

Opinion

The Haines Assisted Living variance controversy, the assembly recall and now the junk cars issue underline a chronic reluctance of the Haines Borough...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    October 13, 2011

Opinion

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

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    October 6, 2011

Opinion

Borough assembly members owe the public an explanation on what happened to the idea of renovating the old gym and classrooms into a recreation...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    September 8, 2011

Opinion

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

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    August 25, 2011

Opinion

The Chilkat Valley News recently was criticized for its letters-to-the-editor policy. The policy is one of dozens we’ve developed as difficult...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    August 11, 2011

Opinion

I gleaned some impressions of the United States during seven weeks traveling around Europe. Europeans sometimes view Americans as uncultured,...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    July 28, 2011

Opinion

Monday night I held a stranger in my arms as police told her an important person in her life just died. Sometimes journalists are too close to the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    June 2, 2011

Opinion

The Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival is a credit to its organizers and an event that boosts the town in a number of ways. To keep it...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    May 19, 2011

Opinion

Criticisms I’ve heard from business owners about downtown revitalization include (a) that Main Street is dead, and can’t be saved, and...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    April 28, 2011

Opinion

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

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    April 21, 2011

Opinion

If recent history is any indication, balancing the Haines Borough budget this year will involve some combination of spending reserves and increasing...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    March 24, 2011

Opinion

An old-time Alaskan who recently opened a retail business in Haines told me we should get rid of the planning commission and its laws. Planning...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    March 17, 2011

Opinion

The Haines Borough Assembly meets as a committee 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to consider businesses operating out of modified trailers downtown. Three such...

 

Opinion

It’s vital for our community to have people willing to open businesses and a borough government that strives to help them, but assistance...

 

Opinion

Ice creepers always seemed to me designed for the elderly or feeble. Then I fell last week three times on a single trip home. Aging, they say, is...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    January 6, 2011

Opinion

Two weeks’ vacation was enough time for the editor to clean out the cubbies of his desk, unearthing scraps of notes, mementos, and bits of...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    November 25, 2010

Opinion

A remark at last week’s "Community Matters" meeting, that our town doesn’t anticipate problems well, and tends to address...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    October 28, 2010

Opinion

Over in Skagway, a tour operator is seeking a zoo permit to create one of the few, great Alaska attractions the town doesn’t already offer...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    October 21, 2010

Opinion

It’s impossible to argue that the Port Chilkoot Dock project is a great step forward for our town. In a world of cities building jetties and...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    October 14, 2010

Opinion

The Emblem Club convention and Canadian Thanksgiving holiday made the weekend busy, but it could have been busier. Poor fishing prompted many anglers...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    October 7, 2010

Opinion

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

 

Opinion

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

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    September 2, 2010

Opinion

If the Haines Borough is able to set aside Picture Point, it’s more likely to be through luck than leadership. The owner of the property that&rs...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    August 19, 2010

Opinion

Should the Haines Borough adopt a bear ordinance? Let’s review some history. Bears in town have always been an issue, but their traffic became...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 12, 2010

Opinion

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

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    August 12, 2010

Opinion

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

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 5, 2010

Opinion

"Every walk is a sort of crusade," wrote Henry David Thoreau. "We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit of...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    July 1, 2010

Opinion

The banner project of the Haines Centennial Committee is a slam dunk. These colorful flags brighten and help define our downtown core while keeping...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    June 24, 2010

Opinion

The Chilkat Valley News lost a good friend this week. Mike Saunders, a career commercial fisherman, had just started as a columnist for the...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    June 17, 2010

Opinion

Our trails need help. Before the ascent of Patagonia and the remarkable marketing of the outdoors, there were relatively few hikers in Haines, and...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    June 3, 2010

Opinion

Haines Borough Assembly discussions of grants to non-profit organizations should center on merit, not cost. Groups that serve the public well deserve...

 
 By CVN Staff    Opinion    May 27, 2010

Opinion

Among recent economic development ideas is creating a new event to bring visitors to town. A more effective approach may be to find ways to enhance...