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Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines

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

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

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

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
Renowned Tlingit Carvings To Be Publicly Displayed

Renowned Tlingit Carvings To Be Publicly Displayed

A Tlingit clan has decided that a collection of renowned carvings will be publicly displayed in the village. The decision will hopefully put to rest a generations-old struggle within the clan of whether the carvings should be kept in the village or sold and preserved in museums.

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July 3, 2013

Man Arrested In Haines In Connection To Utah Cold-Case Murder

A man accused in a cold-case Utah murder was arrested in Haines on Wednesday. Haines police and Alaska State Troopers assisted Ogden, Utah police in apprehending Stephen Ellenwood after he eluded law enforcement on a foot pursuit through a wooded Haines neighborhood.

May 9, 2013
Haines Breaks Ground On Veterans Home

Haines Breaks Ground On Veterans Home

Veteran’s services and especially long-term veteran’s housing options are scare in rural Alaska. But a private venture fueled by state funding is taking inspiration from two local veterans to make local veteran’s housing a reality for the Southeast communities of Haines and Klukwan.

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May 1, 2013

Deadly Backcountry Accident Likely Caused By Cornice Failure

A few new details have emerged in the backcountry skiing accident that caused the death of one person and injured two other over the weekend near Haines.

March 5, 2013

1 Dead In Backcountry Accident Near Haines

One person is dead and two are injured after a backcountry skiing accident near Haines on Sunday. Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said troopers received a call from Haines Police on Sunday afternoon about an accident in the backcountry. A trooper from Juneau arrived in Haines on Monday to conduct an investigation.

March 4, 2013

Princess Cruise Lines To Pay $20,000 In Fines

Princes Cruise Lines has agreed to pay $20,000 in fines for dumping water from on-board swimming pools into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in 2011. The fine was announced by the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday.

January 29, 2013

Haines Police On The Lookout After Two Dogs Shot With Arrows

Haines Police are following up on hundreds of tips after two dogs from the community were shot with arrows. One died.

January 25, 2013

Klukwan Native Corporation Closes Haines Office

The office of the local native corporation in the Haines area has shut its doors and all the shareholder records have been moved to Anchorage with the new President and CEO. Klukwan, Inc. filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in August to settle a $7 million debt with an insurance company. A recent lawsuit settlement also changed the leadership in the corporation.

January 9, 2013

Recount Gives Kreiss-Tomkins 32 Vote Victory In House District 34

It’s been nearly a month since Election Day and the race for House District 34 has finally come to an end with a four-term legislator losing his seat to a political newcomer.

December 3, 2012

Thomas Will Ask for Recount in Loss to Kreiss-Tomkins

Rep. Bill Thomas said today (Nov. 27) that he’s 99.9 percent sure he will request a recount in the House District 34 race. Republican Thomas, of Haines, lost re-election by 34 votes to Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins.The district includes Haines, Sitka and many small Southeast communities.

November 27, 2012

TIED UP: 2 Port Alexander Ballots Close Gap

The race for House District 34, between Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) and Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Haines), is now tied. KHNS reports two questioned ballots were counted from Port Alexander, closing the gap. The Division of Elections now says it will not count any more ballots until Monday, with the final count still slated for Wednesday.

November 16, 2012

Crews Search For Fisherman Missing Near Skagway

A search is underway for a Haines fisherman that went overboard today near Skagway.

October 23, 2012

Ceremony Aims To Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

Many times, in a Southeast Alaska community, a pole raising means a carved totem pole unveiled to honor a family, place or event. But last week several dozen gathered in Haines to unveil a different kind of pole in awareness of domestic violence.

September 19, 2012

Sightseeing Cruise Strikes Rock, Takes On Water

About 70 people were rescued on Sunday from a sightseeing boat that struck a rock near Glacier Bay waters. The 79-foot Allen Marine vessel Baranof Winds reported it was taking on water Sunday morning. The Coast Guard, National Park Service, and a Holland America Cruise ship responded, said Petty Officer David Mosley with Coast Guard public affairs.

August 20, 2012

Klukwan Native Corporation Files For Bankruptcy

The Native village corporation Klukwan Inc. in Southeast Alaska filed for bankruptcy this week. The corporation filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 which allows for reorganization, meaning the debtor usually proposes a plan to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time, or the court will determine how the debts will be settled.

August 10, 2012

Communities Gather To Celebrate Eagle Preserve Anniversary

There’s a reason the Chilkat Valley is called the Valley of Eagles. Thousands of bald eagles thrive in the valley near Haines and the Tlingit village of Klukwan. The communities gathered recently to honor the anniversary of a preserve created to protect the eagles and their habitat.

August 9, 2012