Claire Stremple, KHNS - Haines


Skagway residents got Permanent Fund dividends and city stimulus checks in the same week

The city's plan was to keep people spending money despite a devastated tourism season. Some residents say it's working.

Progress slows on mine project near Haines

Drillers are usually on the mountain at the Palmer Project north of Haines 24 hours a day seven days a week by mid-summer. But this year, Constantine Metal Resources announced a belated and quiet work season.

Restrictions for crossing the border into Canada extended to July 21

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the move is important to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Want $1,000? Just show that you need it, says Skagway assembly

The city voted to distribute $1.4 million directly to Skagway residents, while another $1.5 million will go to other programs.

Carnival, Princess, Holland America cancel all 2020 Alaska cruises

The cancellations bring the total passenger loss to nearly a million

Cruise lines are taking bookings for an Alaska cruise season that might not even happen

Skagway Mayor Andrew Cremata said he was surprised to learn that Carnival Cruise Line is offering a seven-day cruise through his town in early July, but it's not clear whether that trip is even happening.

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.