Day: December 8, 2014

Former NBA coach leads Haines girls’ basketball

Haines School now has a physical education teacher and high school girls’ basketball coach who trained an NBA team for 20 years. And what might be even more surprising — Greg Brittenham says despite his high-profile jobs with the New York Knicks and later with Wake Forest University, what he’s really wanted is to end up in the 2,000-person town of Haines. During a recent basketball practice, Coach Brittenham leads ten girls in a layup drill. It looks like a humble job for someone with this on their resume: “Prior to this was at Wake Forest University as a player...

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KHNS News – Dec. 8, 2014

After lobbying for a law change, a Haines distillery opens its newly legal tasting room; A bird flu outbreak is keeping British Columbia poultry out of U.S. markets during the holiday season; and a Hoonah cruise ship dock location causes disagreement....

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Bird flu prompts BC poultry import ban

By Margaret Friedenauer The Fraser Valley in southern British Columbia is one of the leading poultry producing areas in North America. But a recent outbreak of bird flu is keeping Fraser Valley birds off the U.S. market this holiday season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has halted the import of poultry products from or through British Columbia into the United States. The Skagway police and municipality notified residents of the ban over the weekend. (See the official import alert here.) The ban was issued last week because of a recent outbreak of avian influenza at commercial turkey farms in British Columbia. Five B.C. turkey and chicken producers in the Fraser Valley have been quarantined because of the outbreak. More than 140,000 birds have been destroyed. Five other countries have also banned chicken products from all of Canada, according to the CBC. Alaska’s state veterinarian, Dr. Bob Gerlak says the strain of avian flu affecting the B.C. poultry produces is called H5N2. He says it does not generally affect humans, but it is detrimental to other birds, including wild birds. That’s why the ban includes any hunter-harvested or wild birds from the province. The order from the USDA says any fresh or unprocessed avian products originating or traveling through British Columbia are banned. Gerlak says it’s up to the officials at border crossing stations whether to permit Yukon-bought poultry into...

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