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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
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

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

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
(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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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

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
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
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
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

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

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
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

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