Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.