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August 24, 2017

City of Haines mayor, Frank Wallace, right, greets political humorist Pat Paulsen at the fairgrounds Saturday afternoon. Wallace presented Paulsen with a key to the city after the comedian starred in a mock presidential debate for President Bush and challenger Bill Clinton. (1992 photo.)

Archive news from 50, 25 and 10 years ago.

Aug. 25, 1967

Nancy Jackson, Haines City Dog Catcher, reports that incidents of vandalism have slowed down work on improving the city dog pound at one mile. Construction has been halted until the vandalism is put to an end.

Mrs. Jackson says that any person or persons apprehended in the pound area without permission or good cause will be prosecuted.

Approximately 50 percent of the dogs she has picked have had tags. The rest she tries to find a home for the animals. Only on rare occasions does she dispose of a dog, and then only when it is obviously sick or disabled or a home cannot be found.

When in hot pursuit, she may pick up a dog anywhere "from here to Fairbanks."

Aug. 20, 1992

Reversing a 1990 vote that defeated plans for a land use service area, Lutak residents this week voted 20-6 to adopt new planning powers.

Thirty-two ballots were cast in the by-mail election that established the borough's second land use service area, with results canvassed Tuesday by the Haines Borough Assembly.

Residents of the service area must now elect a five-member commission to develop planning, platting and zoning, with the assembly approval required for ordinances in the new service area.

Aug. 23, 2007

Officials in Anchorage are looking into rotating a state trooper through Haines while the local wildlife trooper is on injury leave, but a staffing shortage statewide could hamper the effort.

In the meantime, Local wildlife trooper Patrick McMullen's duties will be shared between state trooper Josh Bentz and troopers rotating into the area from Juneau.

Bentz said just patrolling local roads can be overwhelming. He said he hasn't requested additional help.

The state is so short-staffed for troopers that Wrangell has no patrol trooper.

State trooper Todd Machacek said enforcement in Haines isn't up to par without two troopers in Haines.

"It's not about writing tickets. It's about high visibility...I don't know that we adequately cover any of our areas across the state. It's a huge area," Machacek said.

 
 

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