This Week in History


August 11, 2022

2012: Benny Geary, left, outlasts Scott Rossman to take third in the log-rolling competition at the Southeast Fair on Saturday. Robert Piper was named "Bull of the Woods" for having the highest overall score in eight logging events. Ashley Heinrich was tops in women's logging.

Aug. 11, 1972

Haines once again has television

Jack Brown of Lynn Canal Cable reported to this paper Thursday night that he would begin to reconnect cable television in Haines on Saturday. He hopes to have programming on by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

Brown reported that he has purchased the cable from the previous owners and will install all new machines in his office, which will be situated in the basement of the Chilkat Valley Medical Center.

One channel of TV will be operated at first, with two channels later on for network and local programming. Radio station KJNO will be broadcast on another channel.

It is unknown at this time who will operate the Haines system, as Brown reports five or six applicants. However, plans call for a minimum of eight hours of programming per day, with 12 hours on Sunday. Most shows will be in color.

Aug. 14, 1997

Disney reps scout valley for winter film

A second Walt Disney movie could be filmed in Haines.

A decision will be made by late September on the location for a $30 million comedy about small-town hockey players in Alaska, according to Jerry Ketcham, vice president of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, who visited Haines Friday with director Jay Roach and two location scouts.

During a three-hour fly-in, the Disney representatives met with city tourism director Larry West and locals who were involved with Disney's filming of "White Fang" in Haines in 1990, including Thom Andriesen, Bart Henderson, Mark Sebens, Jim Mock and Jono Greene.

Ketcham said Haines looked "very, very favorable" after a five-day whirlwind tour that included stops in Sitka, Cordova, Seward, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Eagle, Hope, Skagway and Dawson City.

The "White Fang" experience also is a major plus, showing that the town can accommodate the housing, transportation and technical support needs of a major studio crew, Ketcham said. "The town's gone through the learning curve. ... We know it worked before."

Aug. 9, 2012

Xtratufs stung by questions of quality

Complaints about poorly made Xtratuf boots, published in coastal Alaska newspapers in recent months, also extended to Haines.

"I quit wearing them," said John Winge, a Haines commercial fisherman who bought a new pair in April, only to have them start leaking a few weeks later along a raised, rubber strip that encircles the boot's bottom.

He's back to wearing a pair he bought six years ago that, he says, are holding up just fine.

A representative for Honeywell, the company that manufactures Xtratufs, told the Cordova Times that quality suffered after the firm moved production to China.


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