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September 21, 2017

Israeli tourists Yarn Fhux, left, and Jacob Bargad pass time in their Haines jail cell.

Sept. 27, 1967

The Haines-Port Chilkoot school board has lost access to all Haines city tax money collected for the school district as the result of a motion passed by the Haines Common Council Monday, Sept. 18.

The motion read, "That the 9 mills of tax money collected not be paid to the school board, and the money be put into a savings account until there is a legal entity to receive it."

The council action was based on opinions contained in two letters from the state attorney general to the director of the Local Affairs Agency that the Haines-Port Chilkoot Special School District lost its legal existence on July 1, 1966, when the law under which it was created was repealed by the state legislature.

According to the attorney general, the district no longer has the right to collect taxes nor to receive state money.

The action of the city council will deprive the school district of about half the funds collected locally.

Sept. 17, 1992

Two Israeli students who said they didn't recognize a border crossing without guns and gates were awaiting deportation in the Haines jail after running the border at the local U.S. customs station.

Immigration officials said Jacob Bargad and Yarn Fhux also drove through the Beaver Creek border station into Canada earlier that day.

They were finally stopped by Haines city police after being alerted by immigration inspector Judy Bolander.

The pair said they didn't realize they were passing through a border check station that required a stop, and said their deportation was an extreme reaction to a simple mistake.

"We're used to the borders in Israel. We have gates and military soldiers with guns," Fhux said. "It's ridiculous, from nothing they made such a big thing like we're robbers or criminals."

Sept. 20, 2007

When Brian Lemcke leaves town on completion of the school renovation project, his job will continue on in the form of a new borough position, director of public facilities, paying $65,000 per year, plus benefits.

The position will oversee large public projects and supervise public works director Bruce Smith, harbormaster Phil Benner and water and sewer plant operator Scott Bradford, according to a new borough organizational chart.


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