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This week in history: Borough silence questioned, fireworks at the lumber mill, bus service to Anchorage

10 years ago, July 3, 2014 Deals with rogue cops questioned Assembly member Debra Schnabel is questioning Haines Borough agreements with a former police chief and sergeant, who resigned in exchange for the municipality’s agreement to not discuss complaints about their alleged abusive behavior. The borough negotiated such agreements with former sergeant Jason Joel and […]

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Duly Noted

On Saturday, October 21, members of the American Legion gathered for a flag ceremony at the Jones Point Cemetery for Erwin Hertz Sr. Erwin’s son Stony was visiting that week and suggested the ceremony to honor his father. Nishan Weerasinghe started making phone calls and the ceremony took place that day. The flag ceremony itself […]

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Duly Noted

Hudson Lee Narum was born 12:26 a.m. Jan. 5 at Juneau’s Family Health and Birth Center to parents Jake and Lena Narum. Hudson weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz., and measured 21 inches. The birth was attended by midwives Madi Grimes and Joelle Newport, and an “extremely supportive” dad, Lena said. Hudson’s was the first birth of the year at […]

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FEMA backs out of Porcupine Road reimbursements

Borough leaders are questioning what went wrong after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said it would not reimburse Haines for more than $1.4 million in funds spent on restoring Porcupine Trail Road. After a 2020 storm that brought record-setting rainfall, flooding and fatal landslides was declared a federal disaster, Porcupine Trail Road was one of […]

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Ad hoc committee to look into property tax assessment changes following uproar

The Haines Borough Assembly is seeking five community members to join a new ad hoc committee to look at changes to the borough’s property tax assessment process. The new committee comes after a summer of some intense public criticism following a dramatic rise in some property assessments and resulting tax bills. Assembly members in favor of the […]

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Borough seeks residents to join ad hoc property tax assessment committee

The Haines Borough Assembly is seeking five community members to join a new ad hoc committee to look at changes to the borough’s property tax assessment process. The new committee comes after a summer of some intense public criticism this year following a dramatic rise in some property assessments and resulting tax bills. Assembly members in favor […]

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New assembly members put focus on transparency as they take office

Public referenda, goal-setting sessions, office hours and reinvigorated committees – those are a handful of proposals a new slate of assembly members have tossed out as they take office. New assembly members Craig Loomis, Natalie Dawson and Kevin Forster – plus new Mayor Tom Morphet – say their election represents Haines’ desire for more transparency and accountability […]

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Duly Noted

Haines Friends of Recycling had its annual meeting on October 7th. Among the main topics was discussion as to where a new recycling facility could be placed. The group said it’s outgrown its current site on Small Tracts, and is looking to acquire an onsite plastic recycling machine. Board Member Kate Saunders said the group […]

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New assembly members put focus on transparency

Public referenda, goal-setting sessions, office hours and reinvigorated committees – those are a handful of proposals a new slate of assembly members have tossed out as they take office. New assembly members Craig Loomis, Natalie Dawson and Kevin Forster – plus new Mayor Tom Morphet – say their election represents Haines’ desire for more transparency and accountability […]