Competitors in the 2023 Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay race. (Lex Treinen/Chilkat Valley News)

The Haines Glacier Bears were in the running for SBLive Sports’ 2024 NCAA tournament-style best high school mascot match-up. The Glacier Bears (No. 16-seeded) faced off against the Hollister California Haybalers (No.1-seeded) in a matchup that concluded Wednesday, March 20. The winner will either face the Colon Michigan Magi or the Orofino Idaho Maniacs. As of press time the Glacier Bears were well behind with just a few dozen votes up against the Haybalers’ nearly 500. 

Registration opened March 15 for the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay and as of Sunday, March 17 it’s at over 85% capacity. Relay vice president Richard Clement said at this rate the total of 1,200 entrants will likely be reached within a week. Editor’s note: Clement reached out to CVN by Saturday to say the relay has filled and will only be accepting solo entrants to the race now.

Burl Sheldon is looking for someone to call square dances. Sheldon is in a band that plays dance music but the town needs a caller. Former resident Spencer Douthit was a recent caller as was former CVN publisher Ray Menaker. 

Haines School Principal Lilly Boron has been in Washington, D.C. at the National School Leaders Advocacy Conference learning more about nationwide issues like teacher shortages, school safety, and mental health and how to effectively advocate for education. Boron is the Region V rep for the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals which means she’s representing secondary school principals in Southeast. The group has heard from well-known educators like Linda Darling-Hammond and they have visited with the state’s congressional delegation. Outside of meetings, Boron — who used to teach government and history — has been enjoying visiting monuments and seeing the city’s famed cherry blossoms begin to bloom.  

A crew from AT&T was up on Mount Ripinsky on Wednesday working on a generator. A representative from the company said the work shouldn’t impact service. 

Lisa Schwartz met up in Peru with Jackie Duba, who used to work at the Haines Health Center, and Chessie May, who currently works there. The trio started in the Amazon. Duba’s daughter is half-Peruvian, so Schwartz said they had an inside scoop on awesome things to do and see. After a yoga class, the group walked out into the street and ran into Skipper Stoval Jr. and Paul Nils Davis, who own Bites on Broadway in Skagway. 

A documentary called Klabona Keepers was screened at the ANS/ANB Hall in Klukwan on Wednesday. The movie tells the story of Indigenous families who protected a region in northwest British Columbia from industrial development. That region, known as the Sacred Headwaters, includes those of the Stikine, Nass and Skeena Rivers. The story follows elders in the village of Iskut as they push back against companies, law enforcement and the government.  

Alpenglow Pizza recently started hosting movie nights on Sundays. Owner Nolan Woodard said they’re showing children’s movies at 4 p.m. and movies for adults 6 p.m.