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 By Kyle Clayton    Opinion    May 6, 2021 

When did gun safety debates go off the rails?

A historical perspective might help inform the conversation we’re having on becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary City. A Haines Chatters debate...

 
 By Lydia Andriesen    Opinion    May 6, 2021 

On keeping ideas in the 'rough draft stage'

Each year the Chilkat Valley News awards a $1,000 scholarship for an essay writing contest for graduating seniors. Students typically have less than...

 

Lack of fiscal plan adds to Alaska's struggles

“Confidence in an economy matters,” Dan Robinson, research chief at the state Department of Labor, told the House Ways and Means Committee...

 

Sharp idea for tourism marketing

States and cities have tried a lot of creative slogans over the years to entice people to come visit. “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” The...

 

Legislators try again to tax e-cigarettes

Legislators are trying again this year to tax “electronic smoking products” — e-cigarettes and vaping devices — the same as tobacco products....

 

Good advice on taxes: be reasonable

Though the Legislature is not looking to adopt a state sales tax or income tax this year, most lawmakers know it is inevitable. And most Alaskans shou...

 

Governor needs a plan, not a poker face

The governor had a chance to talk honestly about taxes when he announced his 10-year budget plan last month. He had a second chance Jan. 28 with his...

 

Science Cowboy

Dear Precipitation Ponderers- There are way too many factors that affect the snow-to-rain conversion calculation for me to give you a definitive...

 

Governor makes dividends key element of legislative session

The Legislature is set to convene next week in Juneau, with the Permanent Fund dividend perhaps the biggest issue lawmakers will confront. Gov. Mike...

 

It's up to Congress to do better

It was depressingly sad to watch the scenes in the Capitol last week as destructive rioters took over the historic building, furious at the outcome...

 

Autumn one-pan soup

I just returned to Haines after a one-month hiatus with my family in Seattle. I've been quarantining...

 

Finger pointing and another discredited rumor

I’ve heard accusations and rumors during the past several weeks that Debra Schnabel is now editing the newspaper, scrubbing out the names of her...

 

Beware false promises

It’s an election year, which means some legislative candidates around the state are pledging the unaffordable. It’s comforting to know that even...

 

Scigliano's public defender made inaccurate statements

The following commentary is a response by Leonard Banaszak of the Covenant Life Center to the Sept. 17 CVN article “Police believe man wanted in Ida...

 

Paul Nelson arrested for recklessly endangering police budget

The day after a judge rejected another slew of criminal charges related to Paul Nelson’s first-place half-a-car Fourth of July parade float, police...

 

Beware of false PFD campaign promises

It’s an election year, which means some legislative candidates are pledging the unaffordable. It’s comforting to know that even as most...

 
 By Tom Morphet    Opinion    August 13, 2020

Small changes needed for waste management

I have great respect for Burl Sheldon’s experience and knowledge concerning solid waste. He and I have discussed this issue several times. But in...

 

Guest commentary by Burl Sheldon

About 21 years ago, the Haines Borough and the City of Haines convened its first solid waste working group and professional waste management consultan...

 

Decaying corpse of summer finally pronounced dead, police suspect foul play

SEARHC doctor Adam Fibula finally pronounced Summer 2020 deceased as laughing ravens flew over its rain-drenched body. “Realistically, summer probab...

 

Former Borough Manager Debra Schnabel's response to her termination

On May 22 the Borough’s attorney offered me the opportunity to respond to any statement made by the public or by members of the Assembly during the...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Opinion    May 28, 2020

FAKE-ISH NEWS ALERT!

The following document is the first draft of the borough assembly's statement regarding the...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Opinion    May 21, 2020

The Books of Lost Code

To those Chilkat Valley News readers who are depressed, dismayed and demoralized upon hearing the...

 

To our scrupulous readers,

I want to apologize for the myriad proofreading mistakes in last week’s paper. A subscriber once told me they like to get their red pens out and...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Opinion    April 9, 2020

Assembly should allow library curbside service

In the midst of social distancing mandates, we can still buy bottles of whiskey, bags of weed, assault rifles, bicycle parts, bunk beds, pepperoni...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Opinion    April 2, 2020

SEARHC should let local doctors communicate with the public

SEARHC should designate a local health expert to update the media and the public on how it’s adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents and local...

 

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