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Hilma White, who helped establish the Hotel Halsingland and operated the Port Chilkoot Camper Park for decades, died Saturday at Haines Assisted Living. She was 98. An obituary will be published in next week’s CVN.

Friends and concerned animal-lovers were happy to hear that Foxy is home with her family. The 12-year-old border collie-retriever mix wandered away from her RV home on July 22 while her owner, Marshall Bryenton of Whitehorse, Y.T ., was in the washroom. Marshall and wife Dianne spent the week looking for Foxy before returning to Whitehorse for work. Annie Boyce and Paul Swift were hiking on Mount Ripinsky July 28 and spotted Foxy on the trail. The Byrentons returned to Haines Aug. 4 to resume their search on Ripinsky. On a tip from Haines Animal Rescue Kennel director Steve Vick that the dog was seen at 4 Mile Haines Highway, the couple went there and found Foxy in a gravel pit. After eluding strangers for almost two weeks, Foxy walked right up to her owners. They said she lost about a quarter of her weight during the ordeal but a Whitehorse veterinarian found her healthy, but skinny. Marshall and Dianne are “grateful for the help from everyone around Haines,” said Marshall.

Tim June is undergoing treatment for a heart condition at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Wife Sue Nelson said they may be in the Seattle area for an extended stay. The best contact for them is

Robin Grace will lead a free workshop entitled “Getting More Out of Life with Family.” It’s set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7 Mile Mud Bay Road. The workshop will explore styles of relating to improve communication within families. The workshop includes a potluck brunch of finger foods. Contact Carol Tuynman with questions, 766-3715.

Marge Matthews in undergoing speech and physical therapy in a Boise, Idaho rehabilitation facility following a stroke July 24. Marge’s daughter, Patti Day, had arrived in Haines the day before to visit her mother, and was able to travel with Marge to Juneau and on to Boise by medevac flight. Patti says Marge’s spirits are good and that she is delighted when letters from home arrive. Write to her c/o Patti Day at 6822 Kirkwood Ct ., Boise, Idaho 83709.

Many friends and family gathered at the Valley of the Eagles Golf Course for a farewell potluck honoring Mark and Frankie Jones and children. They are moving to Redmond, Wash ., where Mark has accepted a position with an optical engineering firm as a software engineer. Aaron is entering his freshman year of high school, where he hopes to play football. Grace is a junior, and looking forward to basketball season. Senior Margarette plans to focus on academics this year. The family will return for a May visit, when Margarette will participate in the Haines High School graduation with her classmates. Stay in touch with the family at 9303 167th Ave ., NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

Nelle Jurgeleit-Greene met up with friends traveling on The World, the live-aboard cruise ship that stopped in Haines for 36 hours last week. Nelle took Graci and Dennis McGillicuddy on a locals’ tour of Haines, including a drive out to Chilkoot Lake and a brown bear sighting that turned out, upon closer inspection, to be a chocolate lab. They also visited John and Sharon Svenson’s gallery and had dinner at a Fort Seward restaurant. Nelle knows the McGillicuddys through a family connection in Sarasota, Fla. She had dinner on the ship in 2009, during its last trip to Haines. The World is scheduled to return in 2015.

Donna and Wayne Walter celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary with visits from their sons. Dan and Rebecca Walter, with their children McKinsey, Courtney and Camdem, were here from Wichita, Kansas. They all traveled to Juneau where they met Steve and Lori Walter, from Montgomery, Ala. They spent three days touring Juneau, including a whale-watching tour to Tracy Arm where they saw four groups of humpbacks bubble-feeding. Steve and Lori returned to Haines with the Walters, where they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Lori was last in Haines during their 3rd anniversary, and Donna and Wayne’s 30th.

Classic car tours make riders feel opulently wealthy but it was probably just more of the same for Georgina “Gina” Rinehart, who bought a spin around town with driver and tour guide Leigh Horner last week. Worth an estimated $29 billion, Rinehart is an Australian mining magnate and one of the wealthiest women in the world, if not the wealthiest, according to various websites. Horner took her for a tour around town and Fort Seward. Rinehart had a meal at a Fort Seward restaurant before returning to her berth aboard the cruise ship The World.

Haines pilot Drake Olson was credited with being the first to report a massive landslide in Glacier Bay National Park June 11 called a “monumental geophysical event.” A cliff collapsed there, sending ice and debris over a glacier and covering an area a half-mile wide and more than five miles long, according to an Associated Press story. The slide, near Lituya Mountain, may have been the biggest in North American history, the article said. Olson’s photos of its aftermath ran in newspapers statewide.

Tomi Scovill said the new bunkers at the Haines golf course are “awesome.” Sand was donated by Frank Holmes.