Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage


Haines’ Mud Bay spring water tests positive for E. coli

A popular but unregulated and untreated drinking water source in Haines has tested positive for E. coli.

Commuter flight makes emergency water landing outside Juneau, all occupants unharmed

Four passengers and a pilot are unharmed after an Alaska Seaplanes aircraft made an emergency landing in the water near Juneau Monday morning. Listen now
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Nearly 30 people hurt in Skagway tour accident

Nearly 30 people were injured Wednesday on a tour in Skagway. Listen now

NTSB unsure what led to 2015 Lynn Canal plane crash, investigation completed

In November of 2015, a private plane crashed near Eldred Rock in the Lynn Canal. The crash injured four Haines residents who swam to shore to save themselves. An investigation into the incident is now complete. But it’s still unclear why the plane went down. Listen now

Hold your nets! Chilkat Inlet subsistence fishery delayed another week

Subsistence fishermen near Haines will have to wait another week to throw their nets into Chilkat Inlet. A need to conserve king salmon has prompted the second delay this season. Listen now

Klukwan’s Hotch will attend National Medal awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Alaska State Museums are set to receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in Washington, D.C. next week. It’s the highest recognition of its kind. The director of a new cultural heritage center in Klukwan is part of the group receiving the award in the nation’s capital. Listen now

Haines Assembly sees its second resignation since April

For the second time in a little over a month, a Haines Assembly member has resigned. The move follows a contentious meeting Tuesday night. The assembly had a few big decisions on its plate. But after a more than four-hour meeting, only one had been resolved. Listen now

As states tighten restrictions on ivory, Skagway carvers worry about the future

Restrictions on the ivory industry are multiplying in the U.S., causing concern for artists in Alaska. Alaska Native carvers do have a degree of protection under federal law. But, non-Native carvers who only work with fossilized ivory are not shielded in the same way. Listen now

Stream temperature monitoring could provide insight into important fish populations

The Chilkat River and its nearby waters are a major source of food for subsistence fishermen in Haines and Klukwan. That’s one reason decreased salmon runs are alarming in the Chilkat and other rivers in Southeast. Tribal leaders around the region are trying to get a handle on one factor that may contribute to declining returns. Listen now

Haines master carver unveils carving honoring veterans

Tlingit master carver Wayne Price is well-known for his art in Alaska. He’s carved close to 40 totems that stand throughout Southeast. But until recently, none of Price’s totems stood in Haines, where he lives. Art created for the local veteran’s village changes that. Listen now

Earthquakes shake Southeast Alaska, Yukon communities

May kicked off to a shaky start in Northern Southeast Alaska. Two major earthquakes woke residents early Monday morning. They were some of the most powerful quakes Haines area residents have felt in years, but caused hardly any damage in Alaska. Listen now

Government shutdown would close Skagway’s national park at the start of cruise ship season

In less than a week, the first cruise ship of the season will dock in Skagway, bringing thousands of visitors to the busy Northern Lynn Canal port. But if lawmakers in Washington haven’t agreed on a spending plan by then, a government shutdown would close one popular visitor attraction – Skagway’s national park. Listen now

Students, teachers and extended absences at the Haines School

It’s pretty common for residents of rural Alaska to head south for some time in the winter. For a few weeks, a month, or more. In some cases, students become part of that tradition. The question of how to deal with extended school absences came up recently in Haines. Listen now

For Haines and Skagway, 2016 was the warmest year on record

Things got a little heated in the Northern Lynn Canal last year. Both Haines and Skagway experienced the warmest year of record in 2016. They’re not alone. Communities across Alaska felt above average temperatures. Listen now

Skagway celebration marks completion of fiber-optic cable installation

Stakeholders from around the region are gathering in Skagway Friday, to celebrate the completion of a project that promises to improve internet in the Upper Lynn Canal. Listen Now

Skagway marijuana shop receives license to open

A retail marijuana store is ready to open its doors in Skagway, but it’s waiting on one major detail: the pot.

Prince William and Kate Middleton visit Yukon communities

Alaska got as close as it could to a royal visit this week. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, were met by a large crowd, music and dancing in Carcross this week. Listen Now

Seiners turn in early after weak pink harvest

The pink salmon season in Southeast is supposed to be peaking right now. Instead, the run is actually slowing, harvests have been poor, and many fishermen are wrapping up the season early.

Petersburg fishermen make big catch – nearly 400-pound halibut

For a couple of Petersburg fishermen, it was a big day … and a huge catch. Listen now

Petersburg composting business reaches for grant to grow

A Petersburg project is one of the finalists in Sealaska’s Path to Prosperity contest. For the second year, Petersburg’s tribe is in the running for $40,000 to grow the business of making compost.