This week in history


October 17, 2019

Abby Jones, left, and Fran Daly, are believed to be the first girls at Haines High School to compete in wrestling.

Oct. 20, 1969

The new community tribal house at Klukwan will be the scene of a potlatch Wednesday night honoring the people who helped make the building possible. The potlatch will be open only to invited guests.

The community elected Dorothy Fossman as superintendent, and Victor Hotch as foreman. Since work began in April, the following people have assisted: Norman Hotch, Joe King, Sr., Johnnie Willard, George Stevens, Archie Klaney, Bill Duncan, Richard King, George Morris, Charles Morris, Willie Lee, Otto Kasko, Clarence Hotch, Jones Hotch, Steven V. Hotch, James Morris, Albert Paddy, Nathan Jackson and Marian Katzeek.

The new building is owned by the entire Klukwan community, and will be used to display local work for visitors, as a meeting hall, and as a recreation hall. Klukwan residents have contributed $800 toward the building, the State Travel Division has given $1,500, the Rural Development Agency has given $3,000 and Operations Mainstream has provided $10,000.

Oct. 20, 1994

Local helicopter tours could boom next year if a Temsco proposal to expand chopper sightseeing from Skagway is approved by the U.S. Forest Service.

The company is seeking a special use permit to offer helicopter hiking trips on Mt. Villard (Santa Claus Mountain) and on ridges adjacent to the Katzehin River Valley in addition to a handful of sites along Taiya Inlet. Temsco also hopes to lead glacier walks atop Meade Glacier, located at the head of the Katzehin Valley.

The company plans to take 1,500 visitors to heli-hiking sites next year, with a permit provision to expand traffic to 5,500 by 1999. The Forest Service is seeking public comment on the plan.

Oct. 15, 2009

Participation in wrestling has jumped at Haines High School, including two girls who are believed to be the first in the school's history to participate in the sport.

The team placed fifth of eight squads at the season's first tournament Sept. 9-10 in Hoonah, topping Juneau-Douglas, Hydaburg and Skagway.

"We did well. The kids have worked hard. We had three guys (in matches) for the first or second (place.) If they'd all won, we'd have finished third," said coach Ed May.

Senior Fran Daly and junior Abby Jones are participating with about a dozen boys out for the team, now in its second year following discontinuation. Wrestling is the school's only sport where girls and boys compete against each other.

Coach May, who calls himself "old school," said he's getting used to the idea of girls competing.


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