Day: September 30, 2015

Interim police chief unveils improvements in department

About 30 Haines residents gathered on Tuesday evening to hear the interim police chief’s update on improvements to the department. Among the upgrades was a more efficient evidence storage system, safer jail cells and an updated policy manual. The chief also announced that his time in Haines might be limited. The truth is, a lot of people like Robert Griffiths and want him to stay. But Griffiths told the crowd Tuesday that he’s waiting to hear back about a job somewhere else before deciding to stay in Haines. He said he’ll make his decision within the next week. That...

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Haines School Board candidates talk technology, superintendent search

The three candidates running for Haines School Board this election season joined KHNS for an on-air forum last week. Mike Wilson, Sara Chapell and Inez Gross are running for three open seats on the board. Each candidate has a different level of school board experience. Inez Gross, who works for First National Bank, has never been on the school board before. “Last year there were a couple positions that people were appointed to for the school board and I had thought about running at that time,” Gross said. “This year, since there were three positions [open] I thought...

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Human skull discovered in dirt pile

Human remains were found in a pile of dirt on Monday afternoon in Haines. Employees at the American Bald Eagle Foundation were working on improving accommodations for raptors residing there, when they unearthed part of a skull. An initial, local assessment revealed the remains are at least a few hundred years old and are that of a Native American woman. Earlier this week, Chloe Goodson, the raptor curator at the Eagle Foundation got quite the surprise while working outside on the property. “We were shoveling away, there was just three of us – myself, another staff member and...

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