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Appeal filed against hauling Skyline rock

The Haines Borough Planning Commission granted Southeast Roadbuilders a conditional use permit Feb. 9 to excavate 7,500 cubic yards of rock near the...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Store's towel promotion runs dry

Got new towels? Someone apparently has quite a few. So many, in fact, that others have none at all. That’s the upshot of a promotion at Howsers, whi...

 

Borough looks at shipping its trash

An idea to cut the municipality’s solid waste bill in half is going to the Haines Borough’s Solid Waste Working Group. Interim Borough Manager...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Wet snow shuts off power

Lutak residents fired up woodstoves, melted snow and hunkered down Saturday when a hard-to-reach break in a main transmission line left their...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Assembly to mull state tax issues

Should the Haines Borough take a position on a statewide sales tax or a state income tax? The borough assembly will meet as a committee 4 p.m....

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Borough, DA won't pursue Turner claim

Neither the state district attorney nor the Haines Borough will investigate a complaint that the assembly acted improperly when it voted against...

 

Assembly hears idea to move visitor center

The Haines Borough Assembly this week heard a proposal to move the Visitor Information Center from the aging log structure at Second Avenue near...

 

District pens policy on absences

The Haines Borough School District recently put its planned absence practices in writing, adding a section to policy to formalize procedures enforced...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Leaders respond to Facebook page

A private Facebook page came under fire at Tuesday’s Haines Borough Assembly meeting. Two assembly members were critical of “Haines Rant and...

 

Planners shoot down raising height rules

The Haines Borough Planning Commission last week backed off a plan to raise a 30-foot height restriction after hearing from firefighters that they...

 

Planners question, OK Lutak option

Two engineers on the Haines Borough Planning Commission were skeptical about construction elements of a $37.4 million design to refurbish Lutak Dock,...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    February 16, 2017

Heavy snow sinks cabin cruiser

A cabin cruiser that sank early Sunday morning in the Haines Harbor was raised Tuesday by a Juneau-based marine salvage company. The 32-foot...

 
 By Ryan Harms    News    February 16, 2017

Squads struggle; season half over

Haines boys’ and girls’ basketball teams dropped games to visiting Metlakatla last weekend. The boys’ losses, 56-49 and 80-45, bring the...

 

Make committee more well-rounded

In the borough code, conflict of interest is defined as someone who would gain financially or have a special interest in a particular topic. In...

 

Grateful for reporter's neutrality

I wanted to publicly thank Suzanne Ashe for her reporting in, “Crowd rallies against recreation map plan” on last week’s front page. She accurat...

 

Beware of false equivalency among uses

Using the analogy of a racially segregated bus during the civil rights movement to argue that there should be no limitations on use of public lands...

 

'Fake news' makes finding truth difficult

This phenomenon of “fake news” or purposeful misinformation has me concerned. When I was young, a CBS news journalist named Walter Cronkite would...

 

Duly Noted

Rhonda and Rod Hinson are back from volunteering at the start of the Yukon Quest, the 1,000-mile international sled dog race between Fairbanks and...

 

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