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 By Tom Morphet    News    July 22, 2021 

Canada border opens, with restrictions

News that Canada would open its borders to U.S. citizens making non-essential trips starting Aug. 9 this week energized residents and business owners,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 22, 2021 

Southeast Alaska State Fair

The town's biggest celebration in two years will culminate with an all-comers whipped-cream pie...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Obituaries    July 22, 2021 

Lawson, Army and law enforcement veteran, dies of COVID-19 at 48

Robert Lawson, who grew up in Haines and served eight years as an Alaska state trooper, died of...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    July 1, 2021

May gloomy, but not gloomiest

If you thought May’s weather was bleak, you’re right. But it wasn’t the bleakest May the town has seen. “May 2021 was somewhat gloomier than a...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Obituaries    July 1, 2021

Child advocate was 'incredibly active'

Friends and family will gather in Haines next month to scatter the ashes of Diane Sly, a tireless...

 

Mullady, former carpenter, police officer dies at 78

Judd Mullady, a one-time policeman and a career carpenter and building contractor who became known...

 

Burattin kept Tlingit culture alive

Services are pending for Sally Burattin, a fluent Tlingit speaker and minister who found enjoyment...

 

Smith remembered for work ethic

As a child, Louise Smith rode bulldozers at the Muncaster gold mine at 80 Mile before the Haines...

 

Jurgeleit worked as painter, clerk

Sue Jurgeleit, a commercial sign painter, store clerk and handyman who lived in Haines 20 years, die...

 

Kauffman was free spirit, outdoor enthusiast

Josephine "Jo" Kauffman, the free-spirited daughter of late Haines centenarian Hazel Englund, died...

 

Restaurant cook found bliss at Chilkat Lake

Kathy Lake, a waitress and restaurant cook who found contentment at her Chilkat Lake cabin, died...

 

Matthews, 62, worked as trucker, fisherman

A memorial gathering of friends of lifelong resident Hal Matthews will be held later this year. Matt...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 13, 2020

Small changes needed for waste management

I have great respect for Burl Sheldon’s experience and knowledge concerning solid waste. He and I have discussed this issue several times. But in...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    April 23, 2020

Snowfall this winter bucks warming trend

At 217.6 inches, the winter's snowfall in downtown Haines was more than five feet above the average...

 

Duly Noted

By Sylvia Heinz Four-year-old Zane Poirier tapped his first birch last week with his father, Josh Poirier. “We both drilled it,” Zane said. “I d...

 

Duly Noted

Haines Presbyterian Church pastor Dana Perreard said a friend’s video of praise songs on a street in Brazil inspired his “Amazing Grace...

 

Duly Noted

Luke Hedrick has donated $1,000 each to Haines Senior Center, Haines Assisted Living and Hospice of Haines. A Haines High School graduate who works fo...

 

Duly

The website Thrillist has named the Haines Highway Alaska’s best scenic drive. “It’s not the road or even the legendary backdrop that puts...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 26, 2020

Distillery manufactures hand sanitizer for locals

Port Chilkoot Distillery is manufacturing hand sanitizer to be distributed free in Haines and...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 26, 2020

Churches reach virtual congregations

Churches that suspended Sunday services earlier this month are finding new ways to reach out to their congregations. For the past two weeks, pastor...

 

Duly Noted

To cheer people up during the town shutdown, Cambria Goodwin was treating residents to free slices of pizza at her restaurant on Main Street from 1-2...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 19, 2020

'End times are here' says self-proclaimed prophet

David Powell chose Martin Luther King Jr. Day to nail his manifesto to the door of the Governor's...

 

Duly Noted

Clara Granger, known locally as Nattaphon “Ice” Wangyot, married Dakota Maatz on March 9 at Calgary, Alberta’s Fairmont Hot Springs Resort....

 

Duly Noted

Folks born on a leap year observed their quadrennial birthdays last weekend. Co-workers of Libby Kurz at Alaska Mountain Guides treated her to a...

 

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Jason Shull and daughter Keva recently were in Chicago, where Keva auditioned for college musical theater programs. A half-dozen schools participated...

 

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