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August 10, 2017

A caravan of vehicles is led through high waters at 30 Mile Haines Highway last week after rains pushed the Klehini River over a dike separating the river and road. Water on the road reached close to two feet this week. Bonnie Hedrick photo, August 1992.

Archive news from 50, 25 and 10 years ago.

August 25, 1967

Blue Streak Enterprises is hard at work making improvements in the Haines Small Boat Harbor.

So far they have built a concrete ramp for launching boats and for taking them out of the water again. They are presently working on a grid with overhead access for working boats at low tide. Plans also call for replacing the floats for some of the smaller boats.

August 13, 1992

Police Chief Don Yerrick was on a familiar call Monday morning – responding to a runaway pickup at the foot of Main Street.

At about 10:30 a.m. a 1975 GMC truck loaded with fishing gear moved from a parking spot near the bank and rolled downhill about 100 feet, smashing through a wood trash can on the Sheldon Museum lawn before lodging itself on the large rocks there.

"I was over in the laundry and heard a crash. It's a damned good thing those rocks are there, or it would have gone right through the museum," said Ora Swinford, a visitor from Daleville, Indiana.

August 9, 2007

A pond created by beavers broke through a dam last month, flooding a building and threatening other structures at the government housing at 38 Mile Haines Highway.

The flood narrowly missed four homes, but washed away some of the road down to the housing and flooded a garage.

"It threatened two of the four homes, but only one had water in the garage," said Rich Tolles, who responded to the flooding, which lasted less than one hour. "It came and went."


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