Claire Stremple, KTOO - Juneau

A cruise ship seen from behind

The US government wants everyone to avoid cruise travel during COVID-19 pandemic

The CDC issued its strongest recommendation against cruise ship travel, but it hasn't issued a ban as it did at the beginning of the pandemic.
A black and white security cam photo shows a bear walking next to a bike inn front of some trees

Bear charges boy outside his Haines home

A Haines family got their Halloween scare early this year when a large bear charged a young man all the way up to the family’s front porch. The incident is among the record number of bear interactions this season.
A cruiste ship pulls into a mountain town

Haines uses CARES funds to pay residents to shop locally

Shoppers who spend $300 locally are eligible for an extra $100.

COVID-19 almost sank the Haines bookstore. A local author’s national fans saved sales

Kane opened in March, a week before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down retailers for months.
A brown bear stand in shallow water looking across the water.

Fish runs and berries are down, bear break-ins in Southeast Alaska are way up

Some biologists think the trend is related to the reduced hunting pressure from Outside hunters this year.
Three newspapers one on top of the other with the title "Skagway News"

A Skagway newspaper owner was turned back at the Canadian border. Agents deemed her return home “non-essential”

When Canadian border agents deemed one Skagway News publisher’s trip back to Skagway non-essential, it left her operating a local paper… remotely. Gretchen Wehmhoff and Melinda Munson bought the Skagway News in March, not long...
A pink trailer sits in a sunny parking lot.

Mobile mammography truck will not visit Southeast this year

For many women, the traveling unit is the only time in a year they get breast exams.
A microscopic black and white image of a syphilis bacteria, which appears as a cork screw shape coming out of a flat surface.

COVID-19 hampers state response to syphilis outbreak

The state just reported the largest number of syphilus cases ever in the state with 250 people infected.

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.
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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.
Cruise shipts docked one behind the other

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.
A large cruise ship with a white cabin and a blue hull

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.