Day: March 13, 2017

Skagway students head south to study climate change

A group of Skagway students is heading south for spring break. They’re leaving the harsh north winds for the warmth of the Marshall Islands. But their focus is serious, to study how climate change is impacting the island nation. The trip will even include a visit with the president. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/10IslandTripwINTRO.mp3 The Marshall Islands are located in the central Pacific Ocean, between Hawaii and the Philippines. Over 5,000 miles southwest of Skagway. The low-lying island nation is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. That’s why a group of Skagway high schoolers is headed there. “This is their issue....

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KHNS News – March 13, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/13Newscast.mp3 Haines manager shortlist down to 3 after candidate withdraws from consideration; Haines Assembly will hear resource extraction appeals Tuesday; Empire: Wings of Alaska shuts down; Skagway students head south to study climate...

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Empire: Wings of Alaska shuts down

The Juneau Empire is reporting that Wings of Alaska has officially shut down. Wings was one of two commuter airlines operating in Haines and Skagway. Its closure means Alaska Seaplanes will have a monopoly on Northern Lynn Canal commuter flights. Wings is closing about a year and a half after it changed ownership. In October of 2015, Portland-based SeaPort Airlines sold Wings to Gustavus-based Fjord Flying Services. KHNS has been seeking to confirm Wings’ closure with managing partner Aldwin Harder since early last week. Reached Tuesday, Harder declined to comment until later in the week. Since then he has...

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Haines Assembly will hear resource extraction appeals Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Haines Borough Assembly will hear two appeals from residents concerned about a resource extraction permit in their neighborhood. The assembly will consider whether to confirm, reverse or change the conditions on the planning commission’s approval of the permit. The commission granted property owner Roger Schnabel the conditional use permit to remove about 7,500 cubic yards of material from his property above Young Road and Skyline Drive. Residents Lenise Henderson-Fontenot and Ella Bredthauer appealed the commission’s decision. Their objections include the impacts blasting and trucking would have on public safety and property values in the neighborhood. Sixteen other residents...

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Haines manager shortlist down to 3 after candidate withdraws from consideration

The list of finalists for the Haines borough manager job is one person shorter. Gene Green has withdrawn his name from consideration. He was one of four applicants the borough assembly shortlisted last week. Green is currently a project manager in Oregon City. He has more than 30 years of municipal administration experience, including a stint as Unalaska assistant city manager in the 1990s. Green did not give a reason for withdrawing his application. The other three finalists include two locals and one Lower 48 candidate with Alaska experience. Brad Ryan is the Haines public facilities director currently serving...

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