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Articles from the July 9, 2020 edition

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 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 9, 2020

Assembly may hold town hall on role of borough manager

The public may have an opportunity to weigh in on the Haines Borough’s next manager. After a meeting July 1, the assembly’s personnel committee...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 9, 2020

Skagway residents line up for first $1,000 CARES Act checks

Alaska cities and boroughs are still figuring out how to spend the $569 million in federal CARES Act funding coming their way from the state — with...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 9, 2020

School proposes in-person classes, shortened days for upcoming year

The Haines Borough School District has developed a tentative COVID-19 mitigation plan for the upcoming school year including in-person classes, small...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 9, 2020

Fishermen have until Aug. 8 to apply for improved federal loan program

The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to new loan applicants, while a recent change amends the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 9, 2020

Matanuska back in service after 6 months

Alaska state ferry service is getting closer to normal, even though passenger loads are far from normal. Even the Matanuska, the oldest operating...

 
 By Kathleen McCoy    News    July 9, 2020

Lende's latest book reflects on small-town political stress

Oh, the toxic political vitriol, the alternative facts, the intimidating personalities, the...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 9, 2020

Slow start to season for Lynn Canal gillnetters

The commercial drift gillnet season, which began June 21, is off to a slow start. Prices are comparable to this time last year, but so far fish...

 

Board releases statement on Helen Alten dismissal

On Tuesday, the Haines Sheldon Museum board of directors released an official statement about the firing of director Helen Alten. Alten, who worked...

 

Annual work begins on Chilkoot Lake docks

Chilkoot Lake Tours began annual maintenance on the Chilkoot Lake boat docks July 6. This year, dock repairs will be more extensive than in past...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 9, 2020

Last big cruise line cancels

Norwegian Cruise Line has decided to give up on bringing its ships to Alaska even in late September and early October, putting an end to any chance...

 

Community Players still looking for storytellers

The Lynn Canal Community Players is continuing to recruit storytellers, historians, comics and improvisational performers for what the organization...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 9, 2020

Peratrovich $1 coin not easy to get

The U.S. Mint in February released its $1 coin commemorating and honoring the late Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich,...

 

Business Briefs

Pioneer Bar reopens after 3-month closure The Pioneer Bar reopened June 26 for the first time since closing March 17 amid COVID-19 concerns. The bar...

 

Chiropractor, musician remembered as generous

Dr. Robert Bruce Hanes, a chiropractor who practiced in Haines for about 10 years, died June 6 at...

 

History buff Alan Traut dies at 73

Friends and family members this week remembered Alan Traut as a strong-willed history buff,...

 

No market demand for more barite

In the July 2 CVN, Dave Werner wrote a letter to the editor asserting that mine industry expert Jim Kuipers’ analysis of Constantine Metal Resources...

 

Thanks to all for Fourth of July

The Fourth of July at Fort Seward continued this year with many thanks to Jim Shook, for blasting the cannon with the fundraising panties a record of...

 

People should speak up on manager firing

Many people, including myself, were taken aback by the firing of Debra Schnabel as borough manager. We (I) thought she was doing a great job. I would...

 

Museum board made a costly mistake

Really? No manager? That’s one story. Now, no museum director? Are we trying to save money or resign the museum to a slow decline? I don’t think...

 

Museum board should rethink its decision

It is regrettable that the museum board of directors has decided to let go director Helen Alten. She is highly professional and has brought the...

 

Duly Noted

Carlee Mae Heinmiller, Haines High School 2010 alum, and William Young were married just outside Fort Collins, Colorado, on June 27. Although they...

 

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