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 By Mike Denker    Opinion    May 19, 2022 

Priority lies with the people when it comes to Open Meetings Act questions

The Open Meetings Act (OMA) has made local headlines recently. Some debate has centered on whether a borough meeting was or was not regulated by the...

 

Haines Sheldon Museum Requests Your Support: Haines Borough FY23 Budget

Dear Haines Residents: The Board of Directors of the Haines Sheldon Museum is gravely concerned about the Haines Borough’s proposed budget for the...

 

It all adds up to the same $2,600

With just a few weeks left in the legislative session, House and Senate budget writers appear to agree that $2,600 is a good number to put into the...

 

Campaign finance disclosure good for the public

A big part of a well-functioning democracy is running for office or, if you don’t want your name on the ballot, backing a candidate, taking a...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Did Pardee violate the Open Meetings Act?

The Haines Borough should communicate its interpretation of the Open Meetings Act (OMA) so it’s clear what’s required on agendas. Port and Harbor...

 

Seasonality hinders leadership potential

Skagway’s former Mayor, Stan Selmer, once opined on the record: “The more that happens here in summer the less that happens here in winter....

 

It's not that hard, just different

This year’s switch to ranked-choice voting in Alaska is something new, maybe even surprisingly new for those who missed or forgot about the 2020...

 

High oil prices not a reason to boost profits

No, this column is not directed at oil producers. They are not the guilty party in this tale of cost escalation. Nor is this column about the many...

 

A Farewell to Haines

I‘ve always been awful at good-byes, it’s perhaps my greatest literary and rhetorical failing. But as I prepare to depart Haines for a scholarly...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Opinion    March 10, 2022

Is your free speech Russian propaganda?

There was a derogatory name leveled at people during the Cold War who were unwittingly influenced by the Soviet Union: useful idiots. Russian presiden...

 

Compassion It

At our last meeting I made a brief mention about the Compassion It program. This was brought to my attention by Marnie Hartman and we are looking...

 

The question of school mask mandates is not dogma

I encourage all those engaging in the school’s mask-mandate debate to approach the issue with humility, because the available evidence supporting un...

 

We are all products of inherited character traits and experiences

The following paragraph is paraphrased by Art Woodard from “The Thinker’s Guide to Fallacies” by Richard Paul and Linda Elder. We have not...

 

Recent paid commentaries are antithesis of civil discourse

The ADF&G, Division of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) is constitutionally mandated to manage game using sustained yield principles. Within that mandate...

 

Upcoming changes to Community Waste Solutions

To all of those who took the time to respond to our Solid Waste Survey for Haines, I wanted to extend my sincere appreciation. Your input definitely...

 

Thank You for answering the call to "Help Us, Help Haines"

We here at The Salvation Army would like to personally thank the individuals and businesses who stepped up to “Help Us, Help Haines” this...

 

Recent paid commentaries are antithesis of civil discourse

The ADF&G, Division of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) is constitutionally mandated to manage game using sustained yield principles. Within that mandate...

 

It's time to quit hiding behind clouds

I admit it, I’ve gotten old. Never thought it would happen to me. Certainly not in the ‘60s, when I was in college. Not when my wife and I moved...

 

Response to Tom Faverty's Dec. 9th letter

You are the "Bear Expert " who tried to present a skeleton of a legally-harvested brown bear as a bear killed by a poacher in your last article to...

 

Should Eric Holle be canceled?

Eric Holle’s recent Zoom meeting comment when he, thinking he was muted, said “I’d like to kill Liz Cornejo,” and much of the reaction to it,...

 

Mayor Douglas Olerud's December 2nd disaster memorial speech

I want to say a few words to all of you about our loss, about trauma, and about healing and...

 

What if Santa rode a state ferry instead of a sleigh?

For the sake of this holiday political fable, let’s assume there is a Santa Claus and the all-knowing gift giver tracks your behavior 365 days a...

 

Policy on births and deaths

As an official record of our community, the Chilkat Valley News strives to report the births and deaths of all residents. Obituaries are available in...

 

State defends its right to cut non-existent taxes

There is an inescapable irony to the fact that Alaska joined with a dozen other states in suing the federal government over their right to cut taxes....

 

Just as bad an idea now as it was last time

The Alaska Constitution requires that every 10 years voters consider whether it’s time to elect and convene a group of several dozen Alaskans to...

 

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