Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines
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.
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.
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.
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.
Haines Police are following up on hundreds of tips after two dogs from the community were shot with arrows. One died.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A search is underway for a Haines fisherman that went overboard today near Skagway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s been just over a week since the Haines commercial fishing fleet and community lost a longtime resident and fisherman. But already a unique effort to honor and memorialize him has taken hold in the community.
A two-year old venture between a Native Corporation and the community of Kake is making a play in the processing business. But it’s also focused on creating jobs.
The winter’s heavy snowfall and warm temperatures this past week prompted flood warnings in Upper Lynn Canal rivers over the weekend. Haines set a record temperature of 86 on Saturday, and the snows were melting fast through the weekend. The Tayia River near Skagway reached a moderate flood state over the weekend peaking just over 17 feet Saturday evening, which is enough to hit the Chilkoot Trail, according to rangers.
Parts of the Alaska Highway in Canada remained closed today, stranding travelers and supplies in the Yukon and near the communities of Haines and Skagway. The road isn’t likely to open until at least tomorrow.
Mudslides and washouts caused by heavy rains and snowmelt have stranded passengers along the Alaska Highway on Friday and the road could remain closed into the weekend.
The family of a teenager that drowned at a Haines beach two years ago is suing the Haines Borough for wrongful death and asking for at least $1 million in damages.