Sherry Loomis and her husband Craig have been selected to appear on the Today Show via Zoom as part of a short regular segment featuring people who are celebrating something in their lives on that specific day. In the Loomis’s case, their 44th wedding anniversary is Friday, Nov. 13. Loomis said she submitted a request to be on the show a while back and completely forgot about it until she received a call from the show on Tuesday while on the treadmill at the gym. Because of the time difference, Loomis and her husband will have to be on Zoom at 4 a.m. The show airs Friday at 8 a.m. Alaska time.

The Henry family has returned to Haines after a road trip in their camper van. Ira and Alissa Henry with children Dalton and Makayla started their trip in Portland, Oregon where they visited Ira’s father Mark Henry. Next they traveled to White Salmon, Washington to see Ira’s brother Ross Henry with wife Brynion and children Taber and Nash. Both Henry families drove south to Bend, Oregon where they spent time with multiple former Haines residents including: Michael, Riley, and Cassidy Ahmuty, Tina Schaefer and Bohdi Waschae. The family met up with former resident Christa Pottenger and son Kekoa in Moab, Utah. On their way through Colorado they drove up on a wildfire and then connected with Michael Wald, Sally Anderson and their sons Leo and Nolan who had just completed a trip on the Green River in Utah with the Culbeck family. The Henrys did a lot of mountain biking throughout their trip, which ended in Phoenix, Arizona where Alissa’s father Fred Triezenberg met up with them from his home in Indiana. They flew home from Phoenix with a new miniature schnauzer puppy named Snoopy. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game technician Liz Segars finished another season of field work. She and other Fish and Game technicians kept track of all the bears they saw during their spawning grounds survey in August. She reports they saw 34 bears total during their work on the Kelsall and Tahini rivers. Five of the 34 bears were within 20 yards or closer to the field crew. During the recently completed fish tagging, they only saw seven bears. 

The days are shorter and colder but there are plenty of indoor exercise options in Haines. 

At the ROAM dance studio on Main Street, Zumba with Natalie Benasi is Mondays at 5:30 p.m.  Zumba is $5 per class and limited to seven people.  Natalie recommends you RSVP via Facebook or by texting her at 907-314-0238. Karen Garcia teaches WERQ dance class on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.  WERQ is $5 per class and limited to eight people. Karen also recommends Facebook RSVP as space is limited per COVID-19 guidelines. 

Thor’s Fitness offers spin classes Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9-10 a.m. Only five participants are permitted as the bikes are set 10 feet apart. No RSVP is offered and classes are first-come first-serve. A gym membership is required. 

Sarana Miller has been offering live-stream home studio classes since March. Currently Sarana Yoga is offered on Sundays at 8:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays at 8 a.m. More information and how to register can be found on website There’s a range of class fees for everyone. Her aim is to make yoga accessible and classes are at all levels.

Mondays and Fridays from 12-1 p.m. on ZOOM Mandy Ramsey is offering yoga classes. Her classes are on a sliding scale, $5-$10 per class.  Yogis can reach out for links by emailing [email protected] or calling 766-3697. All Mandy’s classes are recorded and available by donation for replay and are on her website at There are more than 70 classes to choose from. 

Tai Chi is offered at the Chilkat Center by Marilyn Harrold. She offers a beginning class on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Her advanced class is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30 a.m. and her senior class is Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. Marilyn asks participants to pay $3 a class to cover the dance studio rental fee. If anyone is interested in Tai Chi they should contact Marilyn at 816-377-2588. 

At the Mosquito Lake Community Center there is Yoga at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. On Sundays Pilates is at 11 a.m. and at 12 p.m.

Ukulele Jam is also an option at the community center. Ukuleles are provided and beginners encouraged. A $5 donation is suggested for all classes. If there is a class you want to teach at MLCC reach out to Erika Merklin at 767-5586 or Dawn Drotos at 767-5414. 

The public pool has reopened. Call 766-2666 to reserve a lane for lap swimming and learn more about aqua aerobics.