Henry Leasia, KHNS - Haines

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Tlingit artist from Juneau designs stamp for US Postal Service

The artwork of a Tlingit artist from Juneau will be featured on a new postage stamp set for distribution next year.
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American travelers cited for violating Canadian COVID-19 restrictions

American travelers on their way to Alaska were found to have been at a restaurant without proper masking and in close contact with others inside the restaurant.
A man in a trump mask holds a sign up through the window of the front half of a blue sedan. The sign says "Uncle Sam I am 1/2 off"

Judge dismisses case against Haines man with epilepsy who drove parade float

The man donned a Donald Trump mask and drove a car that had been cut in half. A week later, local police cited the man, who has a history of seizures, for driving without a license.
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The rules for crossing the Canadian border into Alaska just got even stricter

Starting July 31, people driving to Alaska from the Lower 48 will only be able to enter Canada through one of five border crossings

In Haines, a race to harvest fruit before bears do

Fruit trees are an easy target for black bears, who can become accustomed to easy food in residential areas.

Haines Borough Assembly asks cruise ships to not visit Haines until further notice

Only one cruise line has expressed interest in visiting Haines this summer, but the Assembly voted to request that no ships visit until further notice.

Large cruise lines won’t be sailing this year, but smaller lines could be sailing by June

The Centers for Disease Control implemented a no-sail order for cruise ships that carry more than 250 passengers, but smaller lines are hoping they can get local permission to sail as early as June.

Haines Borough Assembly fires borough manager Debra Schnabel

Detractors said Schnabel improperly directed municipal workers to sand and plow a private road leading to a trailer park she owns. She admitted that was wrong. She was also criticized for confronting a business owner over not wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Canadian border closure extended until June 21

Alaskans driving home from the Lower 48 will still be allowed through, though they aren't allowed to stay in hotels or make stops along the way except for fuel.

Stranded seal pups rescued in Haines

Haines Animal Rescue Kennel director Tracy Mikowski had a very eventful weekend after two newborn harbor seal pups were found stranded on local beaches.

Haines filmmaker and former NBA star Mark McNamara dies at 60

McNamara, who lived in Haines since 2005, also had a role in the Star Wars movie "Return of the Jedi" where he stood in for the character of Chewbacca.

Tlingit master carver chosen for Rasmuson Foundation’s ‘Distiguished Artist’ award

The award for an artist's lifetime of work comes with a $40,000 payout.
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Angoon school asks Coast Guard to make food delivery during ferry shutdown

In Southeast Alaska, some schools have used the Alaska Marine Highway System to transport the food from Juneau. But that's not happening now.

In Haines, ferry chaos has made medical travel costs skyrocket

When seniors need to get to Juneau for those specialized appointments they have to travel by boat or plane. If they have mobility issues that limits their transportation options.

The best snow carvers in the world right now? They’re from Skagway.

Team Alaska’s winning snow sculpture depicted a bear bursting out of the backside of a camper. (Photo courtesy of Team Alaska) A team of snow carvers from Skagway...

State charters private catamaran for stranded travelers in Haines, Skagway and Juneau

Engine trouble on the Matanuska has stranded travelers in the Upper Lynn Canal. Communities, local businesses, a state senator, and the Department of Transportation put together a scheme to get almost everyone home.

Haines Borough convenes task force to deal with roaming, dumpster-flipping bears

According to Haines Borough Police Chief Heath Scott, the department received 182 bear-related calls in 2019. That is more than double the number of bear-related calls they received the previous year.

This Southeast Alaska town has convened a task force to deal with its marauding, dumpster-flipping bears

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Management Biologist Carl Koch estimates there were 12 to 15 bears roaming Haines this fall. “You couldn’t imagine how many dumpsters were flipped," he said. "Ten to 15 dumpsters."
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These two Chugiak women are buying Skagway’s newspaper – for $20

Owner Larry Persily chose Gretchen Wehmhoff and Melinda Munson of Chugiak from 200 people who wanted to run Skagway's newspaper. They learned about the opportunity through an article in the Anchorage Daily News.

Fewer ferry sailings means less work for many AMHS employees

Only four of the 11 state-owned ferries are currently in service, and the limited sailing schedule not only affects passengers but ferry employees as well.