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Roy Jones is setting up his easel around town, selling original landscape paintings to help pay his way back home to Albuquerque, N.M. Roy says he suffers some physical disabilities and a degenerative brain injury he calls “living dementia.” He came to Alaska for a summer job that didn’t work out. Tamari, brown sugar, and butter […]

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Gillnet opener: Salmon surplus drives down prices for fleet

Residents enjoyed warm temperatures and calm waters early this week, but commercial gillnetters weren’t sharing the excitement. “It’s the worst kind of conditions you can have,” said Joel Pasquan, a Haines fisherman shortly after pulling into port on Tuesday. “(The fish) can see the dirty net.” The Upper Lynn Canal drift gillnet fishery opened at noon Sunday, […]

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June 19 temps hit record

Haines set a daily temperature record for June 19 on Monday, reaching 81 degrees at the airport as meteorologists issued a special weather advisory about potential flooding in local rivers. “We’re at the top of the banks there near Klukwan,” Juneau-based NOAA hydrologist Aaron Jacobs said in an interview Wednesday. “But right now there’s not […]

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Chilkat triathlon scratched

Organizers canceled the Chilkat Challenge Triathlon, citing transportation challenges for participants. Organizer Gershon Cohen said this year around 30 people registered for the event, scheduled for July 2, and 40 locals signed up to volunteer. Normally, around half of the participants come from Juneau, with the rest hailing from Whitehorse or Haines. “This year, the […]

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Stand with Klukwan, Salmon Strong

Permanently storing toxic mine waste near the Klehini River? Many thanks to Haines Borough Assembly Members Debra Schnabel and Ben Aultman-Moore for hand digging through a pile of double speak and conflicts of interest. Might Dowa-Alaska’s new proposal for drilling and seismic testing near the Klehini River relate to siting a future mine tailings facility? After about ten minutes […]

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Mining exploration seeks expansion

A mining prospect near the headwaters of the Chilkat River is attempting to amend its permit application and expand operations. The public has been granted an additional two weeks to comment on the issue. The Palmer Project, led by Constantine Mining LLC, is a mineral exploration project targeting copper, zinc, gold and silver. The Palmer Project’s latest […]

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Watershed Weekly “Migratory Birds”

Watersheds support numerous impressive wildlife communities, but perhaps the most sensational are migratory birds. Here in the Upper Lynn Canal, a dramatic scene unfolds in the spring each year, the magnitude of which can be seen, smelled, and heard throughout the valley. The mud and sand flats at the Chilkat River estuary are a major migratory stopover site […]

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Eulachon run returns to Chilkoot River

Eulachon have returned to the Chilkoot River after two years of a lackluster turnout. Environmental DNA and mark-and-recapture data collected by the Chilkoot Indian Association suggest a population of around 4.7 million eulachon on the Chilkoot this year, field technician Meredith Pochardt said. The average eulachon run is around eight million fish, she said. The […]