Construction has started on a memorial playground honoring kindergarten teacher Jenae Larson, who died in a Beach Road landslide in 2020. Kim Larson, Jenae’s mother, said crews started digging on Friday for the project which is supposed to be done by Aug. 1. Organizers are planning to have an opening ceremony when the project is finished. “We’re just happy to see that it’s finally happening and I think my daughter would be really proud of it,” Kim Larson said. 

About a dozen Mosquito Lake residents including Julie Korsmeyer, Joe Ordonez, Stacy Powlison, Jim Stanford, Dave Pahl, Scott Visscher, and Deb Stanford, turned out for a community meeting with mayor Tom Morphet. The group had a wide-ranging conversation that included discussion of a pending operation agreement for the Four Winds Resource Center at the former Mosquito Lake school, potential improvements to the area’s state park campground, ongoing issues with helicopter traffic, the senior property tax exemption, disrepair at the local ballfield, abandoned and junk vehicles, and the idea of putting in an electric car charger nearby. 

Wylie Betz (left) and Janine Allen serve beer for Haines Brewing on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Beerfest in Haines, Alaska. (Rashah McChesney/Chilkat Valley News)

Outside brewers dominated the 2024 Southeast Alaska Home Brew Competition, but one local beer took home an award. “Anastasia’s Imperial Stout” brewed by Mary Jean Sebens took home third place in the Stouts & Porters division. Sebens has been entering beers in Brewfest since the early 90s. She said she used a combination of malt and grains for the mash and shot for a rich, malty, chocolate-y stout. While she has brewed IPAs and a red over the years, Sebens said she generally brews stouts. Another Alaskan – Andrew Koehrer of Eagle River – placed with “Just the Tip,” in the IPA & Stronger Pale Ale category. That beer also took home the best of Division 2 award during Beerfest on May 25. Another local brewer, Marley Horner, entered the “Lynnview Cherry Stout.” 

Dames Gregg’s colorful skateboard went missing last week from his Fort Seward Drive yard. The six-year-old Haines resident was upset with himself for leaving it outside according to Kiara Hylton, who made a social media post asking for its safe return. Commenters on the post quickly located it. Jae McDermaid found the board in a ditch and CaSandra Nash and her daughter – a classmate of Dames’ – returned it Saturday evening. “Dames feels very loved and supported,” said Hylton. “What a lucky kid to live in such a great community.”   

More than a dozen boats participated in the Chilkat Snowburners Jetboat poker run on Sunday, June 2, 2024 in the upper Chilkat Valley. (Courtesy/Elisa Brooks)

The Chilkat Snowburners hosted its third Jet Boat Jamboree on Sunday. About 15 boats started at Kelsall Landing near Mosquito Lake and did a poker run, stopping along the way to pick up a playing card and piece together a poker hand during a 10-12 mile run to Turtle Rock. Chris Brooks said the group stopped at Bear Creek, Dave Long’s cabins, the confluence of the Klehini and Chilkat rivers and finally at Turtle Rock. There were three winners in each of the $20, $10 and $5 hands played. In the $20 hand, Dave Long won first and second place, Daniel Martin won third. In the $10 hand, Jennifer Cowart won first place, Justin Mitman second and Sean McLaughlin third. In the $5 hand, Jason Verhamme won first, Christie Verhamme second and Marissa Verhamme third.   

Brooks said Jason Verhamme, Justin Mittman and Dave Long donated their winnings to the club. 

Trenton Oaks and Sophia Sutcliffe Diaz are among the most recent crop of UA Scholars. The designation recognizes students in the top 10% of every Alaska high school and comes with a $12,000 scholarship. Nearly 10,500 Alaskans have been part of the program over the past 25 years according to the university.  

Family and friends of Randy Meyers held a graveside memorial service for him at Jones Point on June 1 and a later potluck at Tlingit Park. 

Haines resident Deborah Vogt’s sister Barbara Stremple and brother-in-law Phil Stremple are in town visiting. They are also the parents of former Haines resident and journalist Claire Stremple.  Barb’s sister Elizabeth Hadley and husband Bill Hadley are also visiting from Portland. 

MooseHorn Antiques & Gifts is getting a makeover this week. A three-man crew from Dark Horse Custom Woodworking, which includes Tony Malone, Jon Kammerer, and Bobby Jensen, have been pulling the facade off of the roof and replacing the wood. Malone said it should just take a few days to finish the project.