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Emily Files, KHNS - Haines

Emily Files is a reporter at KHNS in Haines.

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
The Thought Bots at the Anchorage robotics competition. (Courtesy Heather Rodig)

Robotics, Spelling, Poetry: Skagway School Expands Academic Extracurriculars

Sports like basketball are well-supported at schools around Southeast Alaska. But in Skagway, the superintendent and school board have made a deliberate effort to extend activities beyond athletics.

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March 5, 2015
Haines Artists Collaborate On Sixth Percent For Art Mosaic

Haines Artists Collaborate On Sixth Percent For Art Mosaic

Alaska’s Percent for Art in Public Places statute mandates that one percent of construction costs for public buildings are set aside to pay for art installations.

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February 23, 2015
Haines Police Department

Haines Police Department Faces Serious Shortfall In State Budget

The Haines Borough Police Department and dispatch services could face a dramatic funding loss under Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget. It would eliminate funding the state Department of Corrections, or DOC, gives each year to law enforcement in 15 small communities. That funding is meant to help communities run local jails, but in Haines it supports more than that.

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February 13, 2015
(Courtesty Little Green Apple Facebook)

Little Green Apple Ends Haines Junction’s Long Grocery Commute

For three years, the 500-person town of Haines Junction had no grocery store. Residents had to drive two hours to Whitehorse to shop for food. But in December, two locals broke the grocery drought.

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February 9, 2015
Haines Salvation Army corps officer Dave Kyle stands in a room where he lets people sleep if they’re in need of temporary shelter.

Scattered Services Make Homelessness In Haines Hard To Grasp

It’s hard to get a true sense of how big of a problem homelessness is in Haines. There is no shelter or centralized service tasked with responding to homelessness. Right now, a patchwork of local organizations helps out people in need. But even they aren’t sure how large the problem is and what the solution should be.

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January 28, 2015

Local Organizations Pitch In to Help Haines’ Homeless

Haines doesn’t have a shelter or official service for people who are homeless. There are local organizations that do what they can to help – a lot of the time that means providing a one-way ferry ticket to Juneau, the closest town with a homeless shelter. So what happens when a homeless couple shows up in Haines, determined to find a place to stay? That happened with 48-year-old Roger and 45-year-old Judy Kley, who slept in shelters and on the streets for three years and just recently found a home in Haines.

December 24, 2014
Former NBA Coach Leads Haines Girls’ Basketball

Former NBA Coach Leads Haines Girls’ Basketball

Haines School now has a physical education teacher and high school girls’ basketball coach who trained an NBA team for 20 years.

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December 11, 2014
Tasting room manager Macky Cassidy opens a bottle of champagne for a cocktail.

After Lobbying Effort, Haines Distillery Opens Newly Legal Tasting Room

Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines is the only craft distillery in Southeast. When the business started, distilleries in the state were not allowed to sell their spirits on-site. But a law passed earlier this year removes that restriction.

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December 10, 2014
Photographer James Norman shared this picture of eagles along the Chilkat River. (Photo by James Norman)

AK: Eagles Up Close

Each fall, thousands of bald eagles flock to a stretch of the Chilkat River about 20 miles north of Haines. The birds fly there for a late chum salmon run. It’s thought to be the largest gathering of eagles in the world. Dozens of people travel to witness the raptors each year, filling up almost every hotel room in Haines.

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November 21, 2014
LGBTQ support group meets in Ketchikan

LGBTQ support group meets in Ketchikan

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people are gaining more rights and acceptance throughout the country. Same-sex marriage is now legal in a majority of states, including Alaska.

While support may be rising nationwide, there aren’t any official LGBTQ non-profits or advocacy groups in Ketchikan. But there are unofficial support systems. One such group is called “Transgendered Ketchikan.”

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November 4, 2014

Black Bear Party-Crashes A Ketchikan XC Meet

A black bear was in first place for a short time during one of the races at the Region V Cross Country meet Saturday in Ketchikan. Teams from around Southeast Alaska faced off for the chance to compete in the state championship. But the event took a chaotic turn when the first race was interrupted by a bear.

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September 29, 2014
A students works in the Thorne Bay greenhouse. (Courtesy Megan Fitzpatrick)

Student Greenhouses Prompt Thorne Bay Restaurant Purchase

There are no restaurants in the 500-person town of Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island. But that looks like it’s going to change. The Southeast Island School District, which serves Thorne Bay and several other rural schools, is buying a vacant restaurant from the city. They’re going to use food from school greenhouses and a bakery to provide fresh meals for residents and business experience for students.

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September 19, 2014

PWI School District Finds Success With A 4-Day Week

The Southeast Island School District on Prince of Wales Island encompasses nine small, rural schools. Last year, the district implemented a four-day school week in all but one school. It worked so well that every school is running on a Monday through Thursday schedule this year.

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August 28, 2014
(Photo by Emily Files, KRBD - Ketchikan)

AK: Welding

There are more than 100 people employed at Ketchikan’s Vigor Industrial Shipyard. Out of all of them, Cat Wong might have the most unusual story about how she got there. The 25-year-old is a pipe fitter and welder. She was born in the U.S., but grew up with her family in Singapore. When she was 21, Cat made an unusual choice, and moved to Ketchikan.

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July 25, 2014
Shipyard Program Sets Students On Career Path

Shipyard Program Sets Students On Career Path

There have been some young faces in recent weeks at the Ketchikan shipyard. This spring, Vigor Industrial started a new job training course for high schoolers. Three Ketchikan High School students have stuck with the program. For one of them, working at the shipyard has been especially meaningful.

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June 3, 2014