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Snow berm dispute clouds appeals over heliport at 26 Mile

A residential dispute about snow berms near a controversial heliport this spring resulted in a trooper issuing a disorderly conduct warning and animosity heating up between neighbors. “I guarantee you it has to do with the heliport issue,” said Hans Baertle, who said his neighbor, George Campbell, blocked access to his house in a residential […]

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Heliport moratorium proposed

The Haines Borough is proposing a moratorium on new heliports within 10 miles of existing ones. The assembly did not vote on the resolution Tuesday but instead opted to have a second hearing on the issue due to a lack of public comments. Borough clerk Alekka Fullerton and manager Annette Kreitzer drafted the resolution in response to […]

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Restrictions added to controversial upper valley heliport permit

The Haines Borough Assembly limited the number of days a controversial heliport at Mile 26 Haines Highway can operate and added new requirements for a year-end renewal process. Under the new restrictions, the heliport, which belongs to George and Lynette Campbell, can operate only 12 days per year, and no more than three days in a row. The planning commission […]

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Heliport decision under scrutiny

Residents of Mile 27 of the Haines Highway and borough officials shared clashing accounts of how a controversial heliport permit was granted ahead of a planned meeting to review the conditions of the permit next week. The rehearing was originally scheduled for June 27, but was postponed to July 11. The hearing will start at 6 p.m. […]

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Controversial heliport decision postponed

The Haines Borough postponed a public hearing on the conditions for a controversial heliport permit near Little Salmon River as it waits for more information from agencies that permit building near salmon streams. Residents of the area across the Klehini River at Mile 27 have raised concerns about potential noise from a proposed heliport, and say the borough didn’t follow […]

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Heliport CUP decision impacts

I want to address the recent decision by the Planning Commission to approve a heliport CUP on Chilkat Lake Road. To quote Jeffrey Lebowski, “This is a very complicated case… You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you’s. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man.” Well, it’s all laid out in the Planning […]

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Heliport granted conditional use permit amid opposition

The Haines Borough Planning Commission voted 6-1 to approve a conditional use permit for a heliport at a 26 Mile airport amid opposition from neighbors concerned about helicopter noise at their homes. George Campbell applied for the permit after the borough manager in February issued a cease-and-desist order for heliport operations at his 26-Mile airport, Airkat Airpark. Campbell had contracted with […]