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Oldest tribal citizen dies at 96

Cecilia David, a steadfast volunteer for the Alaska Native Sisterhood who also was the Chilkoot...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 2, 2023 

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Quinn Asquith-Heinz is a commercial pilot for Ute Airways, delivering freight to about a dozen outlying communities around Bethel since December....

 

Former bush teacher, adventurer dies at 78

Steve "Smitty" Smith, a retired Alaska school teacher and eccentric remembered by friends as a...

 

English author, pipeline worker, dies at 90

Margaret Piggott, a steadfast hiker, outdoorswoman, traveler and author who moved to Haines 50 years...

 

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Joanne Waterman recently visited friends Norm and Suzanne Vuillet-Smith and Greg and Carol Goodman in Mexico. It’s part of convalescence for...

 

Coast Guard, DOT chief admiral dies at 93

A trumpeter played Taps at the Haines airport on Jan. 5 as the remains of Richard Knapp were...

 

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Brothers Tyler and Dylan Swinton led Alaska Sport Shop to a championship in the open division at the recent Mount Edgecumbe Invitational basketball to...

 

Long live the polar dip

Thanks to Howsers, Mountain Market and Haines Home Building for donations that made the 17th Haines Polar Bear Dip a success. About 45 folks...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    December 22, 2022

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Nate and Jan Mohan recently spent a fun two weeks in the Southwest, including hiking at Big Bend National Park in Texas. Highlights included seeing...

 

Planning commissioners should be elected

In the coming weeks, volunteers will be circulating a petition with this question, “Shall Haines Borough voters elect members of the Haines Borough...

 

Duly Noted

The high school’s annual holiday food drive continues through Friday. Drop non-perishable food in bins under the tree at the Haines School’s main...

 

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The 25-foot Christmas tree at the public library was donated by Wendel Hales and came from his property on Lutak Inlet. Brady McGuire donated use of...

 

Thanks for supporting a holiday tradition

To make Saturday’s Lighting of the Fort happen, Port Chilkoot Distillery provided food, Felicia Finley organized the Nativity tableau, Greg Podsiki...

 

Easygoing pile buck leaves legacy of friends

Norm Baxter moved to Alaska when he was middle-aged but his easygoing personality and work ethic...

 

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Samuel Jonathan Barrett was born to Larissa and Trevor Barrett at 1:57 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24 at Bartlett Regional Hospital. Samuel weighed 7 lbs., 3...

 

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Bev McLaughlin is nursing a goose egg on her forehead and a smashed hand after colliding with an adult moose near 25 Mile Haines Highway around 5 p.m....

 

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Master carver Wayne Price and wife Cherri Price of Haines participated in a dedication ceremony in Angoon Oct. 26 for a traditional, red cedar Tlingit...

 

Phillips was career soldier, engineer

A memorial was held Oct. 22 at the Haines ANB/ANS Hall for Paul Phillips, a career soldier who also...

 

Chapell earns personal best at state

Haines High School swimmer Lucia Chapell notched a personal best time to finish 10th in the state in the 100-yard backstroke at the state...

 

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Etoufee and oyster bars, street-corner bands and the open market were all highlights of a four-day visit to New Orleans last month by Jeanne Beck,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Sports    November 3, 2022

Chapell qualifies for state championship

Haines High School’s Lucia Chapell will swim the 100-yard backstroke at the state championship meet this weekend in Anchorage after notching a time...

 

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Dave Pahl’s Hammer Museum is one of 49 roadside attractions nationwide featured in a new board game, “Zillionaires Road Trip USA.” The game is a...

 

Support public use cabins in the valley

State parks officials say the caretaker’s cabin at Chilkat State Park will be available for use as a nightly rental in the coming weeks. Joe...

 

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Lucas Dean Olsen was born to Renae and Ryan Olsen at 1:54 a.m. Oct. 6 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. Lucas weighed 8 lbs., 7 ounces and...

 

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Co-owners Heather Shade and Sean Copeland celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Port Chilkoot Distillery with tours of the distilling plant, a...

 

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