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Skagway to offer direct aid to residents affected by halted tourism season

Tourism is Skagway’s main economy and residents rely on the summer cruise ship season for income. That’s why Skagway’s assembly passed two direct aid resolutions this week.

Canada closes ports to large cruise ships until July, causing ‘enormous problem’ for Alaska industry

Canada has closed its ports to large cruise ships until July 1 in response to the spread of coronavirus. The restriction applies to vessels carrying 500 people or more.

Bus driver who hit and killed Skagway Mayor Monica Carlson sentenced to six months in prison

Tour bus driver Gerard James pleaded guilty to two counts of negligent homicide. He’ll serve at least six months.

You can still get your car from Haines to Juneau without the ferry, but it’ll cost you a lot more

Alaska Marine Lines’ (AML) barges usually move one to three vehicles per week. But after regional ferry service shut down in January, that number skyrocketed.

To protect local brick and mortar, Haines to consider remote seller tax

On Tuesday the assembly will vote to adopt the state’s Remote Sellers tax code and start collecting sales tax from almost all online sales. The aim is to level the playing field between online retailers and local brick and mortar stores

Budget and staffing woes lead Haines police chief to suggest ending 24-hour service

Police Chief Heath Scott said five officers is not adequate to serve the Haines Borough around the clock.

AMHS announces a third week without service to the Upper Lynn Canal, travelers stranded

The Alaska Marine Highway System will remain virtually shut down through February 7th.

Klukwan weaver receives national award

Klukwan artist Lani Hotch was honored with a United States Artists award this year for her contributions to the field of Traditional Arts.

In the cold of Haines, caring for Australia’s animals as wildfires blaze

One Haines resident is donating her time and art to the wildfire relief effort in Australia.

Haines, Skagway Lego League clubs compete virtually in Juneau competition

Diminished ferry schedules prevented Lego League clubs in the Upper Lynn Canal from traveling to a Juneau robotics qualifier, but neither the Haines Robohobos nor the Skagway Krosswalk Kangaroos let that keep them from participating.

Why rent when you can house sit? Haines sitters fill gap in seasonal economy

In a community with a largely seasonal economy and limited year-round rental options, temporary house-sitting gigs fill a growing gap.

Eldred Rock Lighthouse is one step closer to becoming a landmark that the public can visit

Eldred Rock Lighthouse, the only remaining octagonal lighthouse in the state, has been named among Alaska’s top-10 most endangered historic places.

Sealaska shareholders have dividends to spend. With reduced ferries, it’s tough to shop.

Sealaska shareholders received $8 million in dividends this year, but gaps in ferry service mean many are cut off from traditionally anticipated shopping trips to larger communities in Southeast Alaska.

Haines doctors oppose local mine development, cite health risks

Citing a locally commissioned report, Haines doctors said that an influx of mine workers could burden the health system.

Da Ku Cultural Centre celebrates 150 years of the Kohklux Map

The Kohklux Map is the oldest map of the Southern Yukon region from Klukwan, Alaska to Fort Selkirk in the Yukon Territory.

Skagway legend “Buckwheat” Donahue dies at 68

He's survived by family members, his namesake cross-country race and hundreds of stories.

Sen. Sullivan says Trump call to Ukrainian President is not grounds for impeachment

Sen. Dan Sullivan has not condemned President Trump for his phone call with the Ukrainian president — but he's not among the Republican Congress members who are offering full-throated defenses, either.
The state ferry Columbia will soon sail south for repairs to a damaged propeller. That will leave Southeast with fewer port calls. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)

AMHS budget cuts jeopardize local ocean acidification testing

Researchers now hope to move the project to the Kennicott.

After Haines mine site visit, Dunleavy says he’ll keep pushing to make Alaska ‘open for business’ — and conservationists are concerned

Governor Dunleavy posted photos of his visit to the Palmer Project on his official Facebook page — and it didn't take long for the comments on his post erupted in controversy, a reflection of the growing local unrest over the proposal.

Haines hiker injured during encounter with brown bear sow, cub

A female cruise ship passenger suffered a minor injury after falling while being charged by a bear on Mount Ripinsky Wednesday.