Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines
The Native village corporation Klukwan Inc. in Southeast Alaska filed for bankruptcy this week. The corporation filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 which allows for reorganization, meaning the debtor usually proposes a plan to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time, or the court will determine how the debts will be settled.
There’s a reason the Chilkat Valley is called the Valley of Eagles. Thousands of bald eagles thrive in the valley near Haines and the Tlingit village of Klukwan. The communities gathered recently to honor the anniversary of a preserve created to protect the eagles and their habitat.
It’s been just over a week since the Haines commercial fishing fleet and community lost a longtime resident and fisherman. But already a unique effort to honor and memorialize him has taken hold in the community.
The winter's heavy snowfall and warm temperatures this past week prompted flood warnings in Upper Lynn Canal rivers over the weekend. Haines set a record temperature of 86 on Saturday, and the snows were melting fast through the weekend. The Tayia River near Skagway reached a moderate flood state over the weekend peaking just over 17 feet Saturday evening, which is enough to hit the Chilkoot Trail, according to rangers.
When hundreds of junk cars began taking over the Chilkat Valley near Haines this year, it prompted complaints from neighbors and concern in the borough about how to deal with the problem. But thanks to some coordination between the borough and a Seattle recycling company, hundreds of junk cars and piles of scrap metal have been removed from the Chilkat Valley.