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Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines

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
Former Haines Rep. Thomas Files To Run For State Office In 2014

Former Haines Rep. Thomas Files To Run For State Office In 2014

Former Haines Representative Bill Thomas has filed a letter of intent to run for state office in 2014. Thomas filed late Friday. He did not indicate which office he will seek, but he is eligible to run for either House or Senate in districts representing Juneau. House District 33 includes downtown Juneau and Douglas Island, as well as Gustavus, Haines, and Skagway. It is part of Senate District Q.

December 23, 2013 - 10:07 am

Skagway Residents Concerned About Short-Staffed Postal Service

Rural Alaska communities rely on mail service more than most. For many, it is a source of not just communication, but a supply line for things like medication and other necessities. That’s why Skagway residents are concerned with their postal service, after two employees were let go, leaving the post office short staffed and overwhelmed.

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December 4, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Haines Hunting Guide Sentenced After International Investigation

A multi-year, international investigation into illegal bear and goat hunts has resulted in the sentencing of a longtime big game guide from Haines.

October 24, 2013 - 4:38 pm
Salvage Efforts Continue For Sunken Tender In Haines

Salvage Efforts Continue For Sunken Tender In Haines

A salvage operation and clean-up efforts are still underway in Haines, where a 78-foot tender sank last weekend in the boat harbor.

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October 10, 2013 - 5:55 pm
Haines Harbor Reopens As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Haines Harbor Reopens As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Fuel from a sunken vessel in the Haines Small Boat Harbor has been contained, although it could still be several days until clean-up is complete and the boat is salvaged.

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October 7, 2013 - 5:12 pm
Sunken Tender Neptune Closes Haines Harbor

Sunken Tender Neptune Closes Haines Harbor

The state and Coast Guard are responding to a sunken vessel in the Haines Harbor and the harbor is closed indefinitely to contain fuel leaking from the boat. The 76-foot Neptune sank while moored at the harbor about 1 a.m. Saturday. No one was aboard.

October 5, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Haines Voters Opt To Change Boroughs Charter Preamble, Bill of Rights

Three write-in campaigns slowed the ballot counting in the Haines Borough on Tuesday. But when results did come in, just after midnight, it was clear Haines voters do not support so called corporate-personhood.

October 2, 2013 - 9:33 am

Haines Highway Progress Slows

The Haines Highway is a stretch of road north of Haines to the Canadian border and toward Alaska’s Interior. The two-lane road follows a prolific salmon river, travels through the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and crisscrosses Native cultural sites. And while a project to expand the highway has been in the works for years, a recent influx of concern about its impact on the Chilkat Valley has slowed its progress.

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September 25, 2013 - 5:06 pm
Photo by John Hagen.

AK: Home Grown Garlic

The Chilkat Valley near Haines in Southeast is known as the Valley of the Eagles. But some residents are trying to bring the valley back to its roots, literally. Agriculture is making a comeback in the where longtime resident George Campbell believes he has the largest crop of garlic in the state this year.

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August 16, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Skagway Sees Abundance Of Kings

An abundance of King salmon is not a phrase heard very often in Alaska this season, but abundance is exactly what the small Southeast community of Skagway has this summer at the mouth of a little pond and creek in the middle of town.

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August 13, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Cruise Ship Fails Surprise Health Inspection In Skagway

A cruise ship that failed a surprise health inspection while in Alaskan waters is making national news after it was discovered food was being stored in unsanitary conditions.

July 25, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Chilkoot Watershed Closed To Sockeye Sport Fishing

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order Monday, closing the Chilkoot watershed near Haines to sockeye sport fishing because of low escapements.

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July 16, 2013 - 5:18 pm

9 Rescued After Boat Runs Aground Near Auke Bay

Nine passengers were rescued from a boat that ran aground near Juneau on Monday evening. The 36-foot motor vessel Islander ran aground at Shelter Island just outside Auke Bay.

July 8, 2013 - 11:43 pm