Chilkat Valley News - Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966


Time to end mobster-style government


I attended what I believed to be a meeting on whether or not Mark Earnest should be kept on as Haines Borough manager June 10. Turned out that his contract – which has not expired – has already been extended and the meeting was to review his contract: A classic example of the wagon moving before the horse. Once again I was “threatened” with removal because of leveling “personal issues against Mr. Earnest.” First of all, I do not know Mark Earnest personally. I know him only on a professional level in which my accusations against former chief Gary Lowe were basically filed in a garbage can until seven months later when Earnest had no choice but to throw chief Lowe under the bus. I do believe that being asked to sit down and threatened with removal is personnel committee chair Joanne Waterman’s way of “daring” me to sue this borough, something I am desperately trying to avoid. This is another blatant disregard for my Second Amendment rights and my rights under Alaska’s open meetings law. The people of this borough need to demand an end to this mobster type of goverment. Using police to scare people from speaking out to the people we elected is disgusting.

Dean Lari