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Emily Files, KHNS - Haines

Emily Files is a reporter at KHNS in Haines.

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Troopers Look For A Bear Impersonator Caught Approaching Cubs Near Haines

A man dressed in a bear costume was reported to state troopers this week for harassing a sow and bear cubs on the Chilkoot River.

August 13, 2015
The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait on its final voyage of 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Southeast Tourism Economy Hinged on Cruise Ship Travel

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development released a report this week that puts tourism’s impact on Southeast Alaska into numbers. The report calls Southeast the ‘epicenter’ of cruise ship traffic in the state – and that’s the main driver of the visitor industry.

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August 11, 2015
Freeride Tour To Come Back to Haines in 2016

Freeride Tour To Come Back to Haines in 2016

An international free skiing and snowboarding competition that took on Haines slopes this year in its first-ever Alaska stop is coming back next year. The Freeride World Tour officially announced the 2016 schedule in late July.

August 7, 2015
Gov. Walker visits Haines to discuss lands into trust issues with Chilkoot Tribe

Gov. Walker visits Haines to discuss lands into trust issues with Chilkoot Tribe

Alaska Governor Bill Walker visited Haines Thursday to talk with the Chilkoot Indian Association about lands into trust issues.

August 7, 2015
The cruise ship Norwegian Pearl sails south through Chatham Strait on its final voyage of 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

Southeast Tourism Economy Hinged on Cruise Ship Travel

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development released a report this week that puts tourism’s impact on Southeast Alaska into numbers. The report calls Southeast the ‘epicenter’ of cruise ship traffic in the state – and that’s the main driver of the visitor industry.

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August 6, 2015
Haines climbers likely first women to summit Cathedral Peaks

Haines climbers likely first women to summit Cathedral Peaks

Haines residents Jenn Walsh and Jessica Kayser Forster are likely the first women to summit the 6,400-foot Mount Emmerich in the Chilkat Valley, also known as Cathedral Peaks.

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July 23, 2015
Haines Sees A Spike in Birds Needing Rescue

Haines Sees A Spike in Birds Needing Rescue

The American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines has seen such a dramatic increase in bird rescues that they’re asking for the public’s help. The foundation plans to form a volunteer Avian Rescue Team to help respond to the unusually high number of injured birds.

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July 13, 2015
Haines man charged for shooting 3 bears

Haines man charged for shooting 3 bears

A Haines man faces misdemeanor charges after shooting three brown bears on his property last month.

July 3, 2015
Haines Assembly approves cruise ship waiver incentive

Haines Assembly approves cruise ship waiver incentive

Haines has some of the lowest cruise ship moorage fees in Southeast Alaska. And last week, the borough assembly approved further lowering those fees for three summers. The assembly accepted a resolution that would give 50 percent off waivers to all cruise ships for a three-year time period. It’s part of a marketing plan to draw more ships to Haines.

July 3, 2015
AK: Citizen Scientists Deploy ‘Bat Mobiles’ in Southeast

AK: Citizen Scientists Deploy ‘Bat Mobiles’ in Southeast

Alaska Fish and Game is stepping up its research on bats in Southeast. The nocturnal, bug-eating animal is being threatened in the Lower 48 by a disease called White-Nose Syndrome. That’s prompting Alaska researchers to find out which bats live here and where they roost. But they can’t do all the work by themselves, so they’re enlisting the public’s help.

June 19, 2015

Klukwan high schoolers prepare for next steps

Two of Klukwan School’s high school students are either graduating or moving after this year. The high school/junior high teacher is also leaving.

May 15, 2015
Hooligan Run Lowest in Years on the Chilkoot

Hooligan Run Lowest in Years on the Chilkoot

Hooligan fishing is a tradition for many people in the Upper Lynn Canal. But this spring, those who fish in the Chilkoot had disappointing results. Researchers say the mysterious fish seem to have turned right instead of left into the Taiya, near Skagway, instead of the Chilkoot. And there’s no way to know exactly why.

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May 14, 2015
‘TV doesn’t do it justice’: first cruise ship visitors arrive in Skagway

‘TV doesn’t do it justice’: first cruise ship visitors arrive in Skagway

Skagway’s modern gold rush – the cruise ship season – has begun. The town of around 1,000 people expects almost 800,000 cruise ship passengers this summer. And the first 2,000 of those passengers had a chance to explore town Tuesday. The Celebrity Solstice sailed north from Vancouver, with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.

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May 12, 2015

Skagway Welcomes Annual Tourism Gold Rush

Skagway’s modern gold rush – the cruise ship season – has begun. The town of around 1,000 people expects almost 800,000 cruise ship passengers this summer. And the first 2,000 of those passengers had the chance to explore town on Tuesday. The Celebrity Solstice sailed north from Vancouver, with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway.

May 8, 2015
Forestry Jobs Lost But Haines May Retain Part Of Office

Forestry Jobs Lost But Haines May Retain Part Of Office

Two forester jobs in Haines and two in Ketchikan are wiped out in the state budget approved by the legislature earlier this week. Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed changes to that budget would add some money back into the Department of Natural Resources, but they wouldn’t bring back Southeast forester jobs. However, the two-person Haines State Forest office won’t be completely lost.

May 1, 2015
Testing Refusals Hit Haines, Put Star Rating And Funding At Risk

Testing Refusals Hit Haines, Put Star Rating And Funding At Risk

A growing national movement to opt-out of standardized testing has hit the Haines School District hard. In the past six years, only one student has refrained from taking annual tests. But this year, families of 12 students refused the test.

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April 24, 2015
Haines School Restricts Yoga Pants And Saggy Pants

Haines School Restricts Yoga Pants And Saggy Pants

Haines School is now one of many around the US that have put restrictions on yoga pants and leggings. These rules have sparked discussions about appropriate school attire and personal choice.

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April 6, 2015
Haines Pot Grower Proposes Cannabis Exchange In Light Of New Law

Haines Pot Grower Proposes Cannabis Exchange In Light Of New Law

In Haines, the borough assembly has decided to wait until the state finalizes legislation before taking any action on local rules on marijuana use and sales. But some residents aren’t waiting on the legislature.

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March 30, 2015
After 3 Failed Attempts, Freeride Holds Haines Competition

After 3 Failed Attempts, Freeride Holds Haines Competition

The fourth time was a charm for the Freeride World Tour in Haines. The big mountain ski and snowboard competition made three attempts to hold the event, but cancelled each one because of weather.

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March 23, 2015

Freeride World Tour Comes to Haines

Some of the best big mountain skiers and snowboarders in the world are in Haines this week for the Freeride World Tour. After taking on slopes in France, Andorra and Austria, the tour is holding its first ever Alaska stop.

March 18, 2015