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Articles from the March 5, 2015 edition

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 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Legislators: Close state forestry office

The state Division of Forestry office in Haines would close under a proposal being considered by the Alaska Legislature’s House Finance Committee....

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Town rolls out welcome mat for skiers

Up to 100 skiers, snowboarders, media representatives, sponsors and event organizers arrive in Haines next week for the Freeride World Tour, and the...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Again, preschool seeking new home

The Chilkat Valley Preschool’s plans to buy part of a building on Willard Street have fallen through due to zoning issues, preschool administrator...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 5, 2015

Haines High grad pens grim account of life on streets

A 1990 Haines High School graduate who spent three years as a homeless drug addict in Fresno, Calif. said recently that he’s hoping his...

 

Editorial

A reasonable person looking at Alaska’s budget “shortfall” might conclude that our state’s leaders – from Gov. Bill Walker on down – are...

 

Move park away from parking lot

I hear the need for more parking at the Small Boat Harbor. Before we literally “pave paradise to put up a parking lot,” please, please consider mo...

 

Reading contest drew 41 participants

Congratulations to the winners in the School Library’s Tournament of Readers! Forty-one students participated in the tournament this year. They...

 

Thanks for help with Games

Thanks to all who participated in the 2015 (Not So) Wintry Games at the fairgrounds on Saturday. Thanks to Takshanuk Watershed Council for running...

 

Kings need more protection

We have had poor king salmon returns for the last seven years. The return of kings in 1997 was 8,100. In 2014, it was 1,534. This year sport fishing...

 

Noise study is misguided

I made three phone calls totaling 23 minutes at 2.9 cents / minute = $6.67. I learned that numerous studies have already been conducted to determine t...

 

Duly Noted

John and Kristen Wiggins were married before about 25 people on the waterfront near Letnikof Cove on Feb. 28. Steve Virg-In officiated. About 50...

 

Harbor wait list is baloney

Here’s an interesting story. Go on the Haines Borough website, then go down to the departments section and click on ports and harbors. Then pull up...

 

Sebens deserves credit

I would like to thank Tod Sebens for finding these wonderful plays to help us through the long winters and for his soft-spoken direction.  I would...

 

Decision on ski race will be made Friday

The Haines Ski and Hike Club will decide Friday whether the 2nd annual Miles of Smiles Memorial Ski Race will be held this weekend. Weather...

 

Bears play at regionals

The Haines High School basketball teams play Thursday, March 5 at the Region V Basketball Tournament in Ketchikan. Each squad is seeded fourth in...

 

Showcase of talent expands to 2 nights

The Haines Arts Council’s annual Northern Light Showcase of local musicians and artists is expanding into a two-night affair in order to spotlight...

 

Telluride film fest to show Friday

The Telluride Mountain Film Festival returns to Harriett Hall at 6:30 p.m. Friday with 11 films showcasing the quirky, extreme and inspirational ways...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Nominees for Oscars will screen Sunday

If you missed the Haines Arts Council’s screenings of Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts, you can still catch the Oscar-nominated...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Sculpture garden: 7 new proposals

The Alaska Arts Confluence has accepted seven additional artist proposals for the Fort Seward Historic District Sculpture Garden. The confluence...

 

Writers invited to poetry reading

Writer Jeremy Pataky will read from his debut poetry collection “Overwinter” at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the library. Haines poets are welcome...

 
 By Tom Morphet    News    March 5, 2015

Did TV show exaggerate rarity, cash value of artworks? s

“Antiques Roadshow” overestimated the value and the rarity of two Tlingit masks that reportedly originated in the Chilkat Valley, according to...

 

Chautauqua seeks show sponsorships

The Southeast Alaska State Fair is helping solicit sponsors for the New Old Time Chautauqua, a traveling show of more than 50 performers. The show...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Mayor: Juneau trip netted many connections

Haines Borough Mayor Jan Hill recently returned from a trip to Juneau for the Alaska Municipal League Winter Legislative conference, where she...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Nelson appeals $1,200 fine for glass fill on lot

The Haines Borough and resident Paul Nelson are once again locked in a dispute stemming from Nelson’s use of glass for fill on his Skyline Estates...

 
 By Karen Garcia    News    March 5, 2015

Water, sewer rate increase effective May 1

The Haines Borough Assembly last week passed an ordinance increasing water and sewer rates by 5 percent annually for the next three years, despite...

 

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