50 years ago

Byron I. Mallot, commissioner of the Dept. of Community and Regional Affairs, announced Monday that the Local Boundary Commission has accepted the petition of the Haines Borough proposing annexation of the southern portion of the Chilkat Peninsula. The decision was reached at a commission meeting held in Fairbanks April 26, Mallot said. 

The commission felt that the area proposed for annexation is tied economically to the Haines Borough. That tie was of primary consideration in the commission’s decision to accept the petition, Mallot noted. 

25 years ago

Haines High School English teacher Dan Henry has won a prestigious national literary award for his essay, “A Murder of Crows.” 

Henry won a Pushcart Prize, awarded annually to the best essays, poems and fiction appearing in magazines with a circulation of less than 10,000. 

He joins a distinguished alumni of renowned writers who’ve won the award including John Updike, Saul Bellow and Margaret Atwood. 

10 years ago

With the future of a favorite winter recreation site in jeopardy, the Haines Borough Assembly stepped in Tuesday to ensure the sledding hill on Mount Riley Road remains open for those looking to play on a snowy. 

The assembly voted unanimously to devote up to $8,000 toward the creation of a sledding hill running parallel to Mount Riley Road. The project requires the use of a tract of borough land 100 feet wide and 1,200 feet long. 

The money will go toward cutting trees, removing stumps and creating parking areas at the top and bottom of the hill.