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September 7, 2017

A COUPLE OF BEGINNERS: Thom Ely tries his hand at wind-surfing near the Small Boat Harbor Saturday while his mother Arlene takes her first spin in a sea kayak. (Sept. 3, 1992 photo)

Archive news from 50, 25 and 10 years ago.

Sept. 11 1967

Secretary of State Keith Miller has announced details for an Oct. 3 borough election in Haines.

The election was called following the filing of a public petition asking that the question of voluntary incorporating a borough in the Haines area be put to a vote of area residents.

Miller said four voting precincts have been established for the election, at Haines, Port Chilkoot, Chilkat and Klukwan.

Nomination of candidates for borough chairman, three borough assemblymen and five school board members may be made by petition.

Sept. 3 1992

A proposed revision of city code would reduce penalties for curfew violations, public drinking, criminal mischief and a host of other minor offenses. Police say the change will actually mean a crackdown on offenders whose cases previously have been too expensive to prosecute.

The proposed changes were drafted by the city attorney at the request of police Chief Don Yerrick and were presented to the city council this week.

Under the revision, offenders of the city's "Public Peace, Morals and Welfare" code would no longer be charged with criminal misdemeanors and subjected to fines of up to $1,000 or 30 days in jail. Instead, they will be charged with violations of city code, each carrying a maximum fine of $300.

Sept. 6 2007

Police this week said they were considering citing a resident for shooting a cinnamon black bear Sunday on Piedad Road.

The shooting comes after weeks of reports of bear traffic in neighborhoods on the Mount Ripinsky hillside. Police said the resident shot the bear twice-once to get it out of a cherry tree and the second time when it charged.

State trooper Josh Bentz, who investigated the shooting, said he was advised by wildlife troopers that the shooting would be difficult to justify as defense of life or property, but he didn't make a citation because the shooter had a bear hunting license.

Chief Goodman disagreed and said that in the absence of any prosecution by the state, the borough would consider issuing a ticket.

"It sounds like this is a thought after the fact. The guy shot the bear because it was in a cherry tree, which is wrong. You can't do that," Goodman said.


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