Day: September 16, 2016

KHNS News – Sept. 16, 2016

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/16newscast.mp3 Repeated break-ins at Haines Public Library; Skagway Assembly delays decisions on port consultant and voc-ed project; Haines Assembly questions tax exemptions from out-of-state organizations; Petersburg to host Southeast Conference annual meeting next...

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Repeated break-ins at the Haines Public Library

The Haines Borough Police Department is offering a $500 reward following repeated break-ins at the public library. The library was closed today, after officers responded to a report of a break-in around 8:30 in the morning. According to a borough press release, they found staff work space had been vandalized and believe items may have been taken. This is not the first time the library has been broken into. According to the release, there have been five previous incidents in the past eight years. That includes one other break-in this month, on September 5. In January of last year,...

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Skagway Assembly delays decisions on port consultant, voc-ed building

At a meeting Thursday, Skagway Borough Assembly members said they wanted more information before moving forward with two items: port consultant proposals and a school vocational education building. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/16SkagBAwINTRO.mp3 Skagway sent out a call for port consultants this summer. A year ago, progress stalled on port development plans when voters rejected a tidelands lease between the municipality and White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. The hope is that an outside maritime planning firm could revitalize progress on Skagway’s waterfront. The borough received four proposals from Moffatt & Nichol, KPFF, BergerABAM, and Pacific Contract Company in conjunction with KPMG and...

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Haines Assembly questions tax exemption requests from out of state

The Haines Borough Assembly was asked on Tuesday to approve sales tax exemption for three nonprofit organizations, two of which are based outside Alaska. They ultimately approved them, after a lengthy discussion. The stipulations around tax exemption come up pretty regularly, and the question raised by the assembly members is the same: Who qualifies? Or better yet, who doesn’t? Assembly members questioned the criteria for the tax break. “Exactly how much sales tax exemption can our community handle?” Assemblyman George Campbell said. “I look at the list that’s in our packet and I shake my head. I’m not saying...

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Skagway Assembly Candidate Forum

KHNS News is hosting a Skagway Borough Assembly Candidate Forum later this month. The forum will take place on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. in the AB Hall. Please send questions for candidates to news@khns.org. The forum will be followed by a Q&A with members of the senior ad hoc committee about the $6 million senior center/housing facility bond question. We hope you can make...

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