Author Norry Nash and her husband, carpenter Brian Pindel, purchased the former Human Resources building in collaboration with sister Amelia Nash. The historic property, built in 1905, is next door to parents Dwight and Nancy Nash’s house and down the street from siblings Adrian and CaSandra Nash. Norry and Brian currently reside in New Zealand, but intend to relocate to Haines in 2021 and renovate the space to live in. Plans for the building include restoring the wood floors and returning some of the original architectural features, such as an entrance on the front. Amelia, Adrian and Dwight are already working on the interior of the south-facing side of the building.

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium conducted four drive-up free flu clinics in the Chilkat Valley. Clinic Administrator Stephanie Pattison reported that in total 525 residents received flu shots: 250 in the first community clinic, 50 in Klukwan, 135 at the school clinic for students and families and another 90 at the second community clinic during last weekend’s blizzard.  Pattison said, “I believe that Haines’ numbers are much higher than any other community SEARHC serves. The numbers are exponentially higher than any other year because this was the first year that SEARHC has held a free flu shot clinic…people are concerned about the second wave of COVID-19 and are willing to assist in fighting the flu to help protect the community and the possibility of overwhelming the health care system during a pandemic.” Pattison said she appreciates all the community members who showed up and got a flu shot.

Corrie and Daniel Stickler took their sons Olen, 5, and Aksel, 3, on their first deer hunt. The family met up with Corrie’s father Don Nash in Juneau and took his fishing boat the Shinaku to hunt the coast near Elfin Cove. The family stayed on the boat, explored the inlets and islands, hiked the woods and the boys learned how to call in deer. Other highlights included playing in tide pools and observing whales, seals and sea otters. Corrie said the boys enjoyed the trip home via float plane. Corrie spent most of her childhood on the outer coast fishing and hunting with her father and brothers. She said she was thrilled to show her boys an area of Alaska that means so much to her. The family brought home four deer. Don stayed in Elfin Cove and met up with additional family and friends for more deer hunting. 

Melissa Ganey hosted a virtual “favorite things party” for local residents. Fourteen individuals dropped off three of the same gifts each with a value of $20 per gift at Melissa’s residence. Melissa wrote down a number for each person based on the order in which their gifts were dropped off. Melissa’s daughter Ashlyn Ganey drew three numbers out of a bowl for each participant and those three numbers corresponded to someone else’s gift. Individuals picked up their three gifts once the selection process was all over. Melissa reported it wasn’t nearly as much fun as the annual favorite things party she hosts but it was a safe solution during the pandemic.