Photo from the 2nd annual Alcan 200, in February 1971.

Feb. 18, 1971

‘Alcan 200’ completed: Don Douglass in shortest time

The Second Annual “Alcan 200,” conducted by a growing Chilkat Snowburners Club (99 members now!) with a lot of co-operation from the rest of the town, Juneau, Whitehorse, and even Petersburg this year, took place Friday, Feb. 12.

Don Douglass of Haines had the fastest overall time-3 hours 38 minutes, and was Class B winner.

Marvin Reed of Whitehorse won Class A, Garrey Graham of Haines won Class C, and Gary Annau of Whitehorse was the Class D winner.

All 25 entrants started at 48 Mile; 19 made it to 125 Mile, and 15 came all the way back to 10 Mile where the race had to end because icy roads made it too hazardous to continue on to One Mile.

Feb. 15, 1996

Zharoff blasts FISH initiative, backs new charter regs

State Sen. Fred Zharoff voiced opposition to the Fairness in Salmon Harvest (FISH) initiative and support for tighter management of sportfish charter operations during a meeting with 25 gillnetters in Haines last week.

He also heard a plea for reduced restrictions to allow more on-board processing of chum eggs, or roe.

A former commercial fisherman now in his 12th year in the Senate, Zharoff, D-Kodiak, also made a pre-campaign stop at the Haines Chamber of Commerce.

He said he had “serious questions” about the constitutionality of the initiative that would allot five percent of the state’s annual salmon harvest to sport and personal-use fisheries.

Proponents of the FISH initiative have collected enough signatures to put the question to voters statewide in the fall.

“I don’t like the process of allocating fish through legislation or initiative other than the process we have now,” Zharoff said, characterizing initiative supporters as Railbelt sportfishing interests. “We can’t manage our resources in this fashion.”

The current system of fisheries management isn’t perfect, Zharoff said. He cited problems with keeping knowledgeable and objective members of the Board of Fish and maintaining funding for the Department of Fish and Game.

“It’s become a real political nightmare to get good people on the (board) and to keep them on there. That’s created some real problems for us,” Zharoff said.

Feb. 17, 2011

English teacher wins $19K for high-tech idea

Haines High School English teacher Rene Martin has secured a $19,200 state grant, including a $10,000 award toward new technology in her classroom, for an idea of creating an online, “wiki-style” study guide.

Martin’s proposal was one of eight receiving awards of 68 submitted to the state’s educational technology program.

Haines principal Cheryl Stickler said the award validates what staff here already knows: that Martin incorporates techniques employing technology to engage a high percentage of her students.

“It’s exciting. We’re really proud of her,” Stickler said.