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Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines

Earthquake Rattles Southeast Alaska, Likely Damaging Communications Network

Mother Nature rattled Northern Southeast this morning with and magnitude 5.9 earthquake and several dozen aftershocks. The quake appeared to have damaged internet and cell service to thousands of Southeast residents.

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July 25, 2014 - 5:26 pm

Investigation Continues Into Tourist Train Derailment

An investigation continues into what caused a tourist train to derail along a mountain pass north of Skagway yesterday, injuring 19 passengers.

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July 24, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Tourist Train Derails in Skagway; Injuries Minor

A tourist train derailed Wednesday afternoon north of Skagway and initial reports stated some passengers received minor injuries. The White Pass Yukon Railroad runs scenic train tours between Skagway and Carcross, Yukon. Railroad president John Finlayson confirmed the derailment and said the company was still investigating the cause. He said did not want to comment on any injuries while passengers were being treated and evaluated.

July 23, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Legislation Opens Doors For Medevac Providers

A piece of state legislation passed this spring opened the door for more competition among medevac providers in the state, and one company has taken advantage of that opportunity.

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June 30, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Former Haines Police Dispatcher Speaks Out On Alleged Harasser

Gov. Sean Parnell wants the hiring process for state employees examined after it was revealed a former police officer hired with the ferry system has a checkered past. Several people who talked about Jason Joel’s job performance for a previous story did not want to share their identity, including a former Haines Police Dispatcher who alleges Joel harassed her on the job. Now she is speaking out.

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June 19, 2014 - 4:45 pm

State Hires Ferry Security Officer With Questionable Past

A former Haines Police officer with a questionable work history was recently hired by the state for a high level security position, but the state is not releasing much information about the hiring process or what it knew about his past.

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June 11, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Ferry Workers Approve Strike Authorization

Alaska Marine Highway workers approved a strike authorization this week, meaning the Inlandboatmen’s Union could call for workers to strike within the next month if the union and state can’t agree on a new contract.

May 28, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Skagway Man In Custody After Slashing Police Car Tires

A Skagway man is in custody after allegedly on a vandalism spree and slashing the tires of most of the squad vehicles on the town’s police force and setting a police dispatcher’s car on fire.

May 15, 2014 - 11:08 am

Skagway Ferry Service Will Resume Sunday

State ferry service to Skagway resumes on Sunday.

Alaska Marine Highway ferries have not been running to Skagway since the ferry dock there sank on April 24th. The state was able to contract with a marine salvage and repair company out of Juneau for an emergency sole source contract, and the dock was re-floated a few days later.

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May 8, 2014 - 5:39 pm
Burst Water Pipe Likely Cause For Skagway Ferry Dock Sinking

Burst Water Pipe Likely Cause For Skagway Ferry Dock Sinking

State transportation officials agree that a burst water pipe likely caused the Skagway ferry dock to sink last month. Repairs continue in hopes of getting the dock operational and returning ferry service to the Southeast community within the next week.

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May 5, 2014 - 5:54 pm
Western Marine Construction began working early Tuesday to refloat the dock. (Photo courtesy Jeremy Stephens, Alaska DOT&PF)

Skagway Ferry Dock Is Floating Again

The Skagway ferry dock is floating again after a contractor hired by the state brought the sunken dock to the surface. But it’s still not ready to host Alaska Marine Highway ferries.

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April 30, 2014 - 5:32 pm
Crews Work To Refloat Sunken Skagway Ferry Dock

Crews Work To Refloat Sunken Skagway Ferry Dock

The community of Skagway in northern Southeast remains cut off from ferry service as the state works to figure out why the dock sank late last week.

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April 28, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Ferry Workers Considering Strike If Contract Negotiations Don’t Move Forward

Contract talks between the state and Alaska’s ferry workers are heating up as each side disagrees on how to make up the gap between revenues and the cost of operating the ferry system. Workers are now considering whether to authorize a strike if negotiations remain stalled.

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April 17, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Haines Residents Pursue Railroad Link

Some residents in Haines are pursing the dream of a railroad that may one day link the community to Interior Alaska, Yukon mines and to a future port facility. The state and other stakeholders aren’t dismissing the idea outright.

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April 15, 2014 - 5:35 pm
(Photo by John S. Hagen)

AK: Puppet Town

Haines seems like a quintessential Southeast Alaska town. There are eagles, bears, salmon, big mountains and rough water. It’s a picture-book no stoplight, no movie theater, low crime type of community. But there’s a seedier and eclectic side of Haines that emerged late this winter: the underground puppet scene.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Heliskiing Guide Caught In Haines Avalanche Dies

A heliski guide caught in an avalanche over the weekend near Haines died late Monday according to a statement posted online by his family.

March 18, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Guide Critically Injured In Avalanche Near Haines

A heliskiing guide was critically injured in an avalanche near Haines over the weekend, the third avalanche in as many years to injure or kill extreme mountain skiers in the area.

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March 17, 2014 - 5:16 pm
Photo courtesy of Drake Olson.

Glacier Bay Landslide Excites Scientists

A massive landslide in Glacier Bay National Park more than a week ago is exciting scientists around the world for the way it was the detected, the images of the slide and the sheer magnitude of it. It’s also near a similar slide that occurred in 2012 on Mount Lituya.

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February 25, 2014 - 5:18 pm

AK: Connecting

Rural Alaska communities are not known for having good internet connections, cell phone reception or, really, many good ways of connecting to people and programs outside their area. But rural public libraries do now have those types of connections, thanks to a program through the Alaska State Library that connects libraries all over the state – and country – for a variety of programs and purposes.

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February 7, 2014 - 9:00 am

Justice Department Files Charges Against Heli-ski Company

The Department of Justice last week filed criminal charges against a Haines heli-skiing company for repeatedly operating tours on federal land without a permit. The violations came to light because of a fatal accident within the off-limits area in March of last year.

January 6, 2014 - 5:01 pm