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 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020 

April sets new record of unemployment in Haines

In April, Haines Borough unemployment rose to 27.3%, an all-time high for the Chilkat Valley. Haines’ seasonal economy typically means unemployment...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020 

Small cruise ships could return to Haines sooner than expected

At least one cruise line is taking steps to resume sailings in Lynn Canal as early as next month. At Tuesday’s assembly meeting, tourism director...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020 

Haines averages new manager every 1.8 years

Does Haines have an inability to retain borough managers or is the community’s turnover rate par for the course? While all communities experience...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020 

CARES Act and capital funds buoy budget

At a meeting Tuesday night, the Haines Borough Assembly voted to use a mixture of capital funds and CARES Act coronavirus relief to address the boroug... Full story

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020 

DOT finalizes plans for summer highway project

Phase two of the Haines Highway reconstruction project will take place this summer. The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) said it hopes to...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020 

Public facilities director proposes lottery to fund building

A land lottery could be the salvation of the Haines public safety building. The facility is nearing the end of its life, but at present, the borough... Full story

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020 

Farmers market opens Saturday

The Haines Farmers Market is scheduled to take place this weekend and will change how it operates amid pandemic concerns, organizer Vija Pelekis said... Full story

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 21, 2020

CARES Act could buy Chilkat Center another year

The Chilkat Center for the Arts is on the chopping block for the fiscal year beginning July 1. CARES Act coronavirus relief funding may offer the...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 21, 2020

Haines poised to receive $2 million in COVID-19 relief

At an ad hoc meeting on Monday, Haines Borough Assembly members identified five potential spending categories for the $4 million in CARES Act funding...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 21, 2020

Municipal clerks prepare for elections during pandemic

Haines, along with municipalities across the state, is considering alternative options for holding local elections this year given COVID-19 concerns....

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 21, 2020

HEDC will continue without the support of the borough

Haines Economic Development Corporation board members are trying to figure out what the organization will look like without financial support from the...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 21, 2020

Assembly discusses $400K shortfall

There’s still a $400,000 hole in the proposed Haines Borough budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The deficit was created by the loss of state...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 14, 2020

Assembly cuts funding for HEDC, library and museum

On Tuesday, the Haines Borough Assembly amended the working draft of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year to reflect a 50% reduction in sales tax...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 14, 2020

CIA begins planning for cultural center

A cultural center for the Chilkoot Indian Association is in the early stages of development. This winter, CIA was selected as one of nine communities...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 14, 2020

Local lender reopens PPP application, EIDL remains elusive

Paycheck Protection Program loans are once again available to local businesses through First National Bank of Alaska, which began accepting new applic...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 14, 2020

Charter amendment needs work, GAS committee says

After reviewing a draft charter amendment requiring police to respond to emergencies outside the townsite, members of the Haines Borough Assembly’s...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 14, 2020

Eulachon study abandons old techniques due to COVID-19

For the first time, this year’s eulachon run estimate will be calculated without using the “mark-and-recapture” technique. The change in the est...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 14, 2020

Assembly Briefs

Haines welcomes Royal Caribbean On Tuesday, the Haines Borough Assembly adopted a resolution supporting increased port calls from Royal Caribbean...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 7, 2020

Assembly considers year-long museum closure

A new budget draft discussed at Tuesday’s Haines Borough Assembly meeting proposes cuts including a one-month closure of the library and a...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 7, 2020

Harbor seal pupping season has begun

Two abandoned harbor seal pups were found on beaches near Haines last week. One pup, a male, was...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 7, 2020

Census resumes field operations in Alaska

The bad news is that, as of Tuesday, Haines’ census response rate was 12.5%, roughly 20% below the state average and 40% below the national...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 7, 2020

Board cancels 2020 State Fair

For the first time since its inception more than half a century ago, the Southeast Alaska State Fair has been cancelled. On Friday, May 1, fair staff...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 7, 2020

Murkowski to address graduation, virtually

Sen. Lisa Murkowski will speak at Haines School’s virtual graduation ceremony later this month. In late April, Alaska Education Commissioner...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 7, 2020

Virtual veternarian helps daughter save choking dog

Haines and Yukon veterinarian Dr. Michelle Oakley said she was in tears by the time her Haines-based daughter, also her vet tech, successfully...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 7, 2020

Tourism board: Bring more RCCL ships

The Tourism Advisory Board is unanimously recommending that the Haines Borough Assembly pass a resolution in favor of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd....

 

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