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 By Sarah Chatta    News    June 20, 2019 

Publicly funded garbage program back on the table

On Tuesday, the borough’s commerce committee revived a 2018 proposal for a publicly funded solid waste program paid for by up-to-a-1 percent sales t...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 20, 2019 

Boat launch bids exceed funding

Bidders for the Portage Cove boat-launch project exceeded the engineer’s cost estimate by roughly $1 million, causing an executive session last... Full story

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 20, 2019 

Middle school bike relay team surpasses expectations

When four Haines middle school boys took on the name "Slow and Wobbly" to compete in the Kluane...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 20, 2019 

State requests more data for Constantine permits

Two state agencies have requested additional information from Constantine Metal Resources, delaying approval for two subsurface permits the company...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 20, 2019 

Commission to review private roads after ethics complaint

By Jenna Kunze The Haines Borough Planning Commission will take up a review of private roads maintained with borough funds, following a suggestion... Full story

 By Sarah Chatta    News    June 20, 2019 

Verhamme breaks personal record at state competition

Fifteen-year-old Wesley Verhamme was the only Haines althete to compete in the Brian Young Invitationals in Anchorage from May 31 to June 1, a...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 20, 2019 

Library to screen Presidential debates

The Haines Borough Public Library will live-stream all presidential primary debates, beginning with the Democratic party events set for June 26 and...

 By Sarah Chatta    News    June 20, 2019 

Planning commission debates local ferry service

In the midst of deep state budget cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System, the Haines Borough Planning Commission debated last week whether or not...


Three takeaways from Constantine preliminary economic assessemnt

Constantine Metal Resources, the Canadian mining company that has explored hard-rock mining in the Chilkat Valley for 13 years, came out with a...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 20, 2019 

Ryan applies for Skagway Manager job

Haines Public Facilities Director Brad Ryan is among five short-listed applicants being considered for borough manager in Skagway. Ryan, who is set...

 By Sarah Chatta    News    June 20, 2019 

Borough receives 14K in first quarter online taxes

The Haines Borough collected $14,731 in online sales tax revenue from January through March 31 this year, from online vendors Amazon, Netflix,...

 By Sarah Chatta    News    June 20, 2019 

Martin's modern Tlingit artwork shines at the Haines Sheldon Museum

The Haines Sheldon Museum has received a $1,000 Art Acquisition Fund Award from Museums Alaska and the Rasmuson Foundation to acquire “Raven...

 News    June 20, 2019 

2019 Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay & Fisherman's BBQ

Competitors zoom past the barracks on their way to the finish line during the Annual Kluane-Chilkat...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 13, 2019

Assembly approves budget, slight hike to property taxes

The Haines Borough Assembly set its 2020 operating budget on Tuesday, adopting a significantly lower property tax mill rate than the manager’s...

 By Sarah Chatta    News    June 13, 2019

Haines spared from Southeast drought

Haines is experiencing one of its warmest, driest springs on record. Conditions in northern Southeast have not yet reached drought level, but low...

 By Larry Persily    News    June 13, 2019

Legislature approves $44 million cut to ferry system

 Almost one-quarter of the total cut to next year’s state operating budget is coming out of the Alaska Marine Highway System. The ferry system was...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 13, 2019

Residents question ethics of borough plowing manager's private road

On Tuesday, borough manager Debra Schnabel addressed citizens’ complaints on borough road maintenance benefitting her private land. Schnabel is a...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 13, 2019

Craney article printed in West Hungary

The University of West Hungary published a textbook last month which included an article by local...

 By Sarah Chatta    News    June 13, 2019

Hart travels to Hawaii to honor shared Native history

James Hart, 29, recently returned from Honolulu, Hawaii, where about 75 Native Alaskans, some in a canoe from Yakutat, gathered with Native Hawaiians...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 13, 2019

Fishermen air concerns on season restrictions

Last week, state fisheries managers heard concerns from the Haines gillnet fleet on new restrictions intended to protect dwindling area king salmon....

 By Sarah Chatta    News    June 13, 2019

Site development permits excluded from general use

The Haines Borough Assembly passed an ordinance on Tuesday that requires land use permits for site development in the townsite, Mud Bay, and Lutak...

 By Jenna Kunze    News    June 13, 2019

Proposal to cut assembly pay roils members

Assembly member Brenda Josephson’s proposal to reduce assembly pay resulted in an argument about elitism, leading by example and one assembly member...

 By Sarah Chatta    News    June 13, 2019

HEDC recommends wood chipper purchase

The Haines Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) recommended that the borough purchase a wood chipper this year, even if long term plans for a...


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