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Articles from the May 28, 2020 edition

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 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020

April sets new record of unemployment in Haines

In April, Haines Borough unemployment rose to 27.3%, an all-time high for the Chilkat Valley. Haines’ seasonal economy typically means unemployment...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020

Small cruise ships could return to Haines sooner than expected

At least one cruise line is taking steps to resume sailings in Lynn Canal as early as next month. At Tuesday’s assembly meeting, tourism director...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 28, 2020

District works on plans for next school year amid pandemic

As students enter summer vacation amid decreasing COVID-19 restrictions, administrators are busy preparing for what the next school year might look...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 28, 2020

Lucy Harrell's legacy continues

Four nonprofits received a boon Tuesday in the form of sizable donations from the trust of the late Lucy Harrell, including $1 million to the Chilkat...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 28, 2020

Manager addresses assembly, mayor after her termination

Former Haines Borough manager Debra Schnabel on Tuesday night addressed the assembly members and mayor who fired her last week, and placed final...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020

Haines averages new manager every 1.8 years

Does Haines have an inability to retain borough managers or is the community’s turnover rate par for the course? While all communities experience...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020

CARES Act and capital funds buoy budget

At a meeting Tuesday night, the Haines Borough Assembly voted to use a mixture of capital funds and CARES Act coronavirus relief to address the boroug...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020

DOT finalizes plans for summer highway project

Phase two of the Haines Highway reconstruction project will take place this summer. The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) said it hopes to...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020

Public facilities director proposes lottery to fund building

A land lottery could be the salvation of the Haines public safety building. The facility is nearing the end of its life, but at present, the borough...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    May 28, 2020

Farmers market opens Saturday

The Haines Farmers Market is scheduled to take place this weekend and will change how it operates amid pandemic concerns, organizer Vija Pelekis said...

 

Former Borough Manager Debra Schnabel's response to her termination

On May 22 the Borough’s attorney offered me the opportunity to respond to any statement made by the public or by members of the Assembly during the...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Opinion    May 28, 2020

FAKE-ISH NEWS ALERT!

The following document is the first draft of the borough assembly's statement regarding the...

 

Assembly should seek Schnabel's return

I want to express my disappointment in the assembly and mayor for their recent actions in the surprise firing of manager Debra Schnabel. This hasty...

 

Town lost committed, passionate leader

I hold the Haines Borough assembly in contempt. Debra Schnabel has managed borough affairs admirably for three years. If she is at fault for anything...

 

Fix borough by electing managers

Well, this is really cute. In the middle of a world- class pandemic and a major budget crisis, the mayor and assembly decide to fire our manager?...

 

Advice for serving readers and selling papers

In light of the assembly’s ouster of Deborah Schnabel, I would like to thank Kyle Clayton and the rest of the staff at Chilkat Valley News for...

 

Mayor finishes the job

The gist of last week’s lead news story was straight forward enough: assembly fires manager. Yes, several assembly members are on record for...

 

Duly Noted

Thomas McGuire’s novel Steller’s Orchid, published in June 2019 by Boreal Books, received a silver medal at the Independent Booksellers Awards in...

 

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