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February 20, 2020 | View PDF

NOSE JOB – Director John Hedrick, left, adjusts a wan nose molded by Annette Smith for actor Dan Henry, who plays the role of Groucho Marx in the Lynn Canal Community Players' production "Night in the Ukraine." The play will be staged March 3 and 4. (From 1995)

Feb. 18, 1970

An unusual opportunity to hear a master player of the clarinet in full solo recital will occur when Chester Milosovich, accompanied by Miss Judith Bailey at the piano, will present the final concert of this season's Alaska Music Trail.

The clarinet is both a standard and a popular instrument today. It is a mainstay of bands, from high school to military – including a circus.

It is indispensable to the wind choir of the symphony orchestra, from high school to philharmonic – including the opera pit. It has long been a star in popular music from jazz to rock – including blues and swing.

Milosovich, first clarinetist in the Minnesota Orchestra, has won acclaim for his brilliant playing from coast to coast and from continent to continent. He is a recording artist as well as a teacher and "an extraordinary clarinetist who can do anything with his instrument that the mind can devise!" as the Chicago Daily News put it.

Feb. 23, 1995

Seven years after suspending the Haines King Salmon Derby, organizers are finalizing plans to resurrect the popular sportfishing event.

State-sponsored studies of local king salmon stocks show the population at a 10-year high, helping calm concerns that prompted the event's cancellation in 1989.

The 1995 derby is set for Memorial Day weekend, said coordinator Jim Studley.

Efforts to solicit support and prizes for the contest are only beginning and will be a big task for the Haines Sportsmen's Association, which has sponsored the event 17 years.

In the past, as many as 1,347 sport fishers have participated in the local derby, raising money or youth activities sponsored by the sportsmen's group. At its peak, as many as 187 chinook were entered in the contest, which offered top prizes valued at up to $1,500.

Feb. 18, 2010

Haines Assisted Living seeks residents to fill five vacant rooms at its facility by year's end, and representatives hope locals will apply.

"Right now we're working with several people, and we have lots of interest," said HAL administrator Vince Hansen. "We have some vacancies now, but we won't have vacancies for long. We really would like to see it filled up with Haines residents."

The assisted living facility opened its eight rooms Oct. 1, and currently houses four residents in three rooms.

Hansen said center organizers expected more immediate local interest in the rooms after HAL opened. Though 18 residents have completed applications to show interest. None were ready to move in, he said.


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