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Assemblyman Vick looks at town trapping


Haines Borough Assembly member Steve Vick is taking up the issue of trapping in the townsite at Thursday’s Government Affairs and Services committee meeting.

Trapping is currently allowed in the townsite, Vick said. Residents approached Vick over the winter after several

dogs were caught in traps. Judy Ewald’s dog was caught around the neck by a trap near the Lily Lake trail, Vick said, and his own dog was caught in a nearby area about five years ago.

“(Ewald’s) dog wasn’t far off the trail, and that could have easily been a kid,” Vick said.

Vick said he has asked borough staff to gather information on whether other Alaskan communities allow trapping

within their townsites and what state statute has to say on the issue.

The committee will analyze the staff’s research and decide where to go from there, Vick said. “I would support anything that ensures the safety of children and pets,” he said.

The committee is also scheduled to discuss at its Thursday meeting a possible change to local election procedures. One proposal is for ballots that would list all candidates for office instead of races for individual seats.

Under a roster system, citizens cast votes for as many candidates as there are seats open on an elected body. The top vote-getters win the seats.