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 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 14, 2021 

Man trapped under icy woodpile saved by Siri

Funny Farm manager Mark Kelly, 50, relied on a weak wifi signal and the iPhone’s Siri voice command app to call for help after he was buried and...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 14, 2021 

Swinton hired as new boys basketball coach

Former Haines Glacier Bears basketball player and Haines School graduate Tyler Swinton, 27, is the new boys’ basketball head coach for this...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 14, 2021 

New magistrate sworn in

A new magistrate judge was sworn in Monday morning at the Haines courthouse. Kila Orion...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 24, 2020

Anchorage resident repays kindness to Haines disaster relief

Wally Smith, 83, a retired industrial arts teacher in Anchorage, donated $1,000 to local disaster relief efforts this month because he “had a...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 24, 2020

2020: Pandemic, natural disaster and upheaval

As I sat down to write the 2020 Year in Review, I thought: "I don't want to relive this year, nor sh...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 17, 2020

What can Haines learn from Sitka's deadly landslide?

On Aug. 18, 2015 more than 40 landslides fell across Baranof and Chichagof Islands. The largest slid...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 17, 2020

Beach Road residents must reckon with long-term risk of living under Mount Riley

As geoscientists learn more about the Beach Road slide and the geology of Mount Riley, area...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 17, 2020

33 residents still displaced; nine homes destroyed

As of Tuesday, 14 residents were registered to spend the night in Red Cross-provided housing, down from 101 early last week. Interim borough manager...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 10, 2020

Floods, slides pummel Haines, rebuilding begins

The skies cleared Wednesday after a week of rain that kept instabilities in the landscape active and...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 10, 2020

Search for Larson and Simmons is suspended, friends and family grieve

The Alaska State Troopers Monday suspended the search for kindergarten teacher Jenae Larson, 23,...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 10, 2020

75-year-old woman rescues her malamute, neighbors' cats from Beach Road homes

Although residents were ordered to stay away from Beach Road after Wednesday's massive landslide,...

 

Volunteers comb beaches for debris after ground search efforts suspended

Local volunteers are continuing to comb beaches for personal belongings and debris from the Dec. 2...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 10, 2020

Beach Road residents request organized effort to winterize homes, mayor says landslide risk too high

Some Beach Road residents apparently made attempts to reach their homes Wednesday morning as...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 10, 2020

AP&T installs temporary lines to restore power to Lutak homes

AP&T crews restored power at about 3 p.m. Sunday to the 46 homes toward the end of Lutak Road that h...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 10, 2020

Geoscientists remain in town to monitor landscape as rain continues

The geoscientists continued to get a more refined understanding of slope instabilities Tuesday and...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2020

AP&T works to restore power to Lutak area, keeping town powered remains priority as flash flood watch continues through Sunday

AP&T crews are working to restore power to 46 Lutak homes today, Dec. 5, as long as access remains...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2020

75-year-old woman rescues her malamute, neighbors' cats from Beach Road homes

Although residents were ordered to stay away from Beach Road after Wednesday's massive landslide,...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2020

Beach Road residents ask for organized effort to winterize homes, Mayor cites ongoing landslide risks

Some Beach Road residents want to travel to their homes to winterize houses, dispose of food and...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2020

AP&T crew installs temporary lines, restores power to Lutak homes

AP&T crews restored power at about 3 p.m. Sunday to the 46 homes toward the end of Lutak Road that h...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2020

Geohydrologists remain in town to monitor landscape as rain continues, spring melt could pose additional risks

A team of state geologists briefed displaced residents Sunday evening and said small, localized...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2020

Troopers suspend search for Simmons and Larson

The Alaska State Troopers suspended search operations Monday for Jenae Larson, 23, and David...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2020

Solid Waste Working Group to address bear nuisance code language

The Solid Waste Working Group discussed researching potential borough code change recommendations that pertain to bear nuisances in an effort to...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2020

Mayor tells townsite residents to prepare for possible evacuation

Haines mayor Douglas Olerud warned town residents Saturday evening around 9:45 p.m. to be prepared...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    November 25, 2020

Arts Outlook

Chilkat Center productions on standby Two productions scheduled to take place at the Chilkat Center in December are on standby as state and local heal...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    November 25, 2020

Kluane Chilkat Relay board plans summer event

Whether the U.S.-Canadian border opens or not, the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay board will organize a race in some form, board member...

 

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