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 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 21, 2022

Towns look for answers to public toilet shortage at tourism's peak

Most every town in Southeast faces a similar summer problem: boatloads of visitors and not enough public toilets. Some communities have built...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 21, 2022

PFD donations don't change much with higher payout

This year, deposits of about $3,200 each will begin appearing in Alaskans’ bank accounts on Sept. 20, but so far the promise of a record-high...


Reduction in food stamp benefits will affect households in Haines

More than 100 Haines households will see their food stamp payments reduced beginning in September as a result of the official rescinding of the...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 29, 2021

Wrong remains find final resting place at peak of Mount Sinclair

When John Svenson learned fellow climbers would be ascending Mount Sinclair, a 6,800 foot peak...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 22, 2021

Assembly to introduce seasonal sales tax ordinance

Should the Haines Borough have a seasonal sales tax? The assembly’s Commerce Committee considered the idea at a meeting Tuesday before unanimously...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 22, 2021

Geotechnical study wraps up surface investigation

Geotechnical consulting firm Landslide Technologies has finished its second surface reconnaissance, part of a state-commissioned study of the stabilit...

 By Ceri Godinez    COVID-19    July 22, 2021

School solicits feedback on COVID-19 mitigation plan

Beginning in the fall, grades 7-12 would be exempt from mask-wearing under the Haines Borough School District’s proposed COVID-19 mitigation plan... Full story

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 22, 2021

SAIL intern program finishes 6th season

Southeast Alaska Independent Living and Takshanuk Watershed Council’s Summer Work Program wrapped up last week. The program, which offers...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 1, 2021

Fast Ferry to begin operating in late July

Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry will operate beginning July 27 and run through Sept. 22. Due to COVID-19 precautions, they won’t board independent...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 1, 2021

Public remains divided about use of Lutak Dock

There’s widespread support for existing Lutak Dock services, and a need for more information and public conversation before any attempt to expand...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 1, 2021

Mosquito Lake Community Center to host free art camp for children

The Mosquito Lake Community Center will host a free art camp for children starting July 5 and...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 1, 2021

Recycling group tackles old fish net backlog

With the help of a Haines Borough grant, a recycling program that accepts old fish nets is getting...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 1, 2021

Viking Cove event venue comes under scrutiny, again

Hosting events at Viking Cove is not in violation of the property’s permit, the Haines Borough Planning Commission determined in June. Use of the...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 1, 2021

Trailer on Main St. raises affordable housing questions

A fifth-wheel trailer at the corner of 6th Avenue and Main Street drew criticism earlier this year...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 24, 2021

Assembly sends yurt-ban ordinance to Government Affairs and Services

An ordinance banning yurts as permanent residences within the townsite has been referred to the Haines Borough Assembly’s Government Affairs and...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 24, 2021

Inflation bolsters sales tax in Haines

April sales tax numbers are up not only compared to this time last year. They’re also higher than April 2019. The borough collected $241,011 in...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 24, 2021

Assembly approves first two phases of Lutak Dock renovations

The Haines Borough Assembly gave the go-ahead to pursue funding for the first two phases of Lutak Dock renovations. The Lutak Dock face has reached...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 24, 2021

Tlingit Park pavilion construction begins

Construction of the new, longhouse-inspired Tlingit Park pavilion began June 19. Design and construction of the project, which comes to roughly...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 17, 2021

AP&T proposes plan for Beach Road Power Resatoration

Power restoration work on Beach Road could begin as soon as next week, but completion of work is likely at least a month away. At a June 10 meeting,...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 17, 2021

Primary residence yurt ban forwarded to assembly

Ending use of yurts as permanent residences in the townsite is once again a topic of discussion at the Haines Borough. At a June 10 meeting, the...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 17, 2021

Planning commission approves Halsingland solar project

Solar power is coming to Hotel Halsingland. On June 10, the Haines Borough Planning Commission approved installation of solar panels on a portion of...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 10, 2021

Assembly finalizes amended budget with additional funding

Last minute amendments to the Haines Borough’s $13 million operating and capital budget for next fiscal year (FY22) included funding for the Haines...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 10, 2021

Unemployment filers above normal as food service employers struggle to hire

Although April unemployment claims indicate people are still looking for jobs, Chilkat Valley employers in the food and restaurant industry are strugg...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 10, 2021

Dock face needs to be addressed, harbormaster says

Haines remains divided when it comes to the new, phased plan for Lutak Dock renovations, with residents speaking for and against the proposal at a...

 By Ceri Godinez    News    June 10, 2021

AP&T begins prep work for restoring Beach Road power

As a next step toward power restoration on Beach Road, the Haines Borough has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for excavation down to the old...


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