October 20, 2011 |

Alcohol Task Force seeking funding support

The Haines Alcohol Task Force is sending letters of support to help fund the group’s efforts.

The Haines Sportsman’s Association donated $500 to the cause unsolicited this week.

Police chief Gary Lowe said letters listed the names of about 25 task force members and were sent to organizations such as the Chilkat Indian Village, Chilkoot Indian Association, Haines Borough Assembly and school board.

"While we are not directly asking for your funding at this point, we are asking that you publicly announce your support of the Haines Alcohol Task Force, and acknowledge that you will in the future be receptive to providing funding for these very important efforts," the letter said.

The task force formed after a town hall meeting in August and aims to combat alcohol abuse through education, resources and peer support. The group has collaborated with Haines High School students and SEARHC to develop radio and print public service announcements and posters.

"Haines Police Department is paying the initial costs of placing these ads, but we will need to talk about funding in the very near future," Lowe said.

He noted the Chilkat Valley News, Haines Cable TV, Haines News and KHNS have offered discounted prices for announcements, and CIA donated 250 buttons for Red Ribbon Week.