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




Publishing last week’s big Thanksgiving newspaper was fun and brought to mind my start in the news business 40 years ago, delivering the Philadelphia Bulletin in Media, Pa.

On most weekdays I could fit all 60 newspapers for my route onto our family’s Schwinn cruiser, a large basket out front and twin saddlebags in back. The Sunday papers required two trips.

Thanksgiving’s paper was a newsboy’s nightmare. Stuffed with holiday advertising, it was nearly thick as a metropolitan phone book. There was no folding it, much less wrapping a rubber band around it. I could get about 13 on the Schwinn at one time, and Thanksgiving’s delivery took most of the afternoon.

Here at the CVN, we compiled our Thanksgiving newspaper a day early last week, but weather stranded it in Juneau for a day, on its trip back from our printer in Petersburg. We managed to get a few out on Thanksgiving.

Although our paper is a tiny one, getting it into your hands often requires a special delivery. Thanks to the airline personnel and ferry workers who make that happen. And thanks always to you, our readers, for your patience.


For a small town, Haines puts on some good shows.

Hats off to director Tod Sebens and Lynn Canal Community Players for maintaining a tradition of plays year-round at the Chilkat Center. It continues with this weekend’s production of the comedy, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

Humor is a wondrous tonic for aches that come with Alaska’s long winter. Thanks to Sebens and LCCP for mixing up some for us. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Kudos also to Haines School officials for moving their annual holiday concerts back to the Chilkat Center. When our students work to put on a show for us, they deserve our finest hall to perform in.


Grousing over the Haines Borough’s motor vehicle tax seems a bit overblown.

Eleven dollars a year to round up derelict cars is a small fee in a town dependent on tourism and a clean fisheries environment.

Think of the tax we’d pay if car owners had to pay the full and true cost of driving.

Take $11 per year, per car, and add one car’s share of the amount our nation spends waging war to protect overseas oilfields. Then add the cost of maintaining local roads, instead of relying on our town’s slice of capital funds from the Alaska Legislature. Don’t forget the medical costs of the sedentary lifestyle that come with using a gas pedal instead of our own two feet for transportation. Finally, factor in the expense to the environment from carbon dioxide overdose, massive oil spills and the like.

That might get you close to the real cost of driving a car. We’re hardly putting a dent in it.

-- Tom Morphet