Henry Leasia, KHNS - Haines


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."

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.

Archivist returns to Haines Sheldon Museum to assist with collections

People donate artifacts and documents to the Haines Sheldon Museum regularly, and it can be hard to find enough space for the collections.

Angoon explores transportation options as AMHS works to fix its ferry dock

The City of Angoon is looking into hiring private marine transportation to shuttle residents to and from Juneau.

State regulators reject new limits on organized events at breweries and distilleries

Brewers and distillers can now continue to host parties, classes and events such as First Friday in their tasting rooms.

Elected officials, economic groups push to deploy Tazlina amid ferry service reductions

Several communities in Southeast Alaska lost ferry service this winter when the Alaska Marine Highway System docked the M/V Leconte for expensive repairs. Now some in the region are pushing the state to deploy the M/V Tazlina to make up for the reduced sailings.

Study examines possibilities for locally controlled Northern Lynn Canal ferry service

While the study focuses on governance and management of a local ferry authority, there are numerous other questions about how to create a ferry service. For example, where would they get the ships?

New research shows juvenile rockfish boomed during “the blob”

Pacific Ocean Perch is a common species of rockfish. (Photo by Kathy Hough for NOAA) “The blob” is the ominous nickname used by fishermen and marine biologists to...

As complaints increase, Norwegian Cruise Lines agrees to pay for emissions monitoring in Skagway

Norwegian and many other cruise lines have installed “scrubbers” to help their ships comply with international emissions requirements that will be implemented next year.
The sun sets Sunday, Aug. 6, over the Chilkat River in Haines. (Photo by Emily Files, KHNS-Haines)

Hunter mauled by bear near Haines

The attack occurred near 25 mile on the Haines Highway.

Skagway to issue RFP for port development

White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad has leased the parts of the port since 1968 — now that lease is coming to an end, and the Municipality of Skagway is examining options for developing and preserving the port going forward.

Proposed state regulations could prevent brewers and distillers from hosting events

Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board recently proposed a regulation change that would prevent breweries and distilleries from hosting social gatherings that are advertised to the public. Brewers and distillers worry what the proposal could mean for their businesses.

Haines water department works to keep water flowing from Lily Lake amid drought

Dry weather and low snowpack have reduced the amount of water in Lily Lake to historically low levels this summer. The lake is one of the main drinking water sources for Haines.

Ferry strike disrupts travel to and from Southeast Alaska State Fair

Some visitors who arrived in Haines on the ferry before the strike began are stuck. But some regional transportation services and tour companies are trying to pick up the slack.

ADEC approves waste management permit for tunnel excavation at the Palmer Project

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has approved a waste management permit for a controversial mineral exploration project near the communities of Klukwan and Haines.

Draft ferry schedule shows long gaps in service to coastal communities

The Alaska Department of Transportation has released a draft winter schedule for the Alaska Marine Highway System with long gaps in service to coastal communities across the state.
The Disney Wonder cruise ship docks near the ship loader at Skagway’s ore terminal. (Photo by Henry Leasia, KHNS - Haines)

Following the purchase of Minto Mine, Yukon ore may be shipped from Skagway once again

The Yukon’s Minto Mine is expected to resume ore production in the near future. That means that Skagway’s ore terminal may begin loading ships with ore after months of inactivity. However, this may complicate the other needs of Skagway’s port.