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Mosquito Lake cabins available

The grand opening of Swan View Cabin Rentals was June 16.

Joe Ordonez, owner of Rainbow Glacier Adventures, and his family bought Swan View RV Park along Mosquito Lake two years ago and started building a family home on the property.

He removed the RV Park and instead rents the three cabins that were originally on the property.

One cabin includes a queen-size bed as well as a kitchen and a bathroom. It costs $115 a night. Two cabins that feature bathrooms and twin-size beds are $75 a night. There are discounts for long-term renters.

Ordonez claims it’s a great place for eagle-viewing, watching bird migration and many other outdoor activities. He also has canoes that are available for guests to rent.

“It’s a great place to stay with beautiful views of the mountains and lake,” said Ordonez. “There’s also activities people can partake in around the cabin and area all year round.”

Swan View Cabin Rentals is located at the end of Mosquito Lake Road.

Ordonez can be contacted at 766-3576.


Heating company moves to Haines

Pacific Rim Mechanical has moved its offices from Anchorage to Haines.

“My family and I moved here because of the beauty of Haines and the small-town comfort it has to offer,” said owner Shawn O’Brien. “It’s the perfect place to open our doors as it is the maritime gateway to the Southeast.”

Connections via the state ferry system, Alaska Marine Lines and local airlines also factored into his decision to relocate his statewide business to Haines.

“We have work and projects in Haines, Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan, up north in Point Hope and Barrow, as well as in the Aleutians in the village of Akutan,” O’Brien said.

Pacific Rim is a full-service plumbing and heating company that provides residential, commercial and industrial services, including installation, repair and remodeling . They provide free plumbing and heating estimates as well as free heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions.

The firm’s office is located at 872 Spruce Grove Lane and is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can be contacted at 766-2086. For after-hours emergencies, O’Brien can be contacted at (907)-382-2068.


Ricke replaces faulty windows

Is there condensation between the panes of your new windows?

Carpenter Dave Ricke acts as a representative for window manufacturers in Haines, often replacing or fixing ones under manufacturers’ warranties.

For example, Milgard Windows guarantees free window replacements for windows that fail due to manufacturer errors.

“Manufacturer problems can occur often up here, because, like most windows, Milgard windows are more designed for the Lower 48 conditions,” said lumberyard owner Chip Lende.

Milgard’s guarantee to replace windows lasts a lifetime for homeowners, ten years for the second homeowner and ten years for commercial buildings.

“I’ll go check the window and then do the measurements,” Ricke said. “Then I’ll contact Milgard and they will send in the pieces for free to fix or replace it.”

Ricke has also worked with Anderson Windows and Ply Gem Windows, companies that offer a similar guarantee.

“It usually takes around three to four weeks to receive the pieces and to ultimately replace the window,” said Ricke. “But that can vary depending on what exactly is wrong with the window.”

Milgard Windows will not cover replacing windows if there is an issue with the installment or breakage due to non-manufacturing errors.

Ricke can be contacted at 314-0696.