Day: March 14, 2017

KHNS News – March 14, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/14newscast.mp3 Freeride arrives in town for third Haines competition; Skagway voters could see sales tax increase ballot question; Some Haines residents speak against ‘bicycle friendly’ community idea; Ferry Taku for...

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Skagway voters could see sales tax increase ballot question

With the borough assembly’s support, Skagway residents may vote this fall on a one percent sales tax increase. The tax hike would be used to fund a recreation center expansion, including an aquatic wellness center. Increasing sales tax as a mechanism to fund the rec center expansion came up last year. But the idea failed to gain traction because the assembly was divided on whether the revenue should go to just the rec center or to major projects generally. Since then, committees working on plans for the rec center and pool have whittled down the design and cost estimate...

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Some Haines residents speak against ‘bicycle friendly’ community idea

Controversy from a recent Haines Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting carried into the committee’s most recent gathering as well. But this time, the topic of debate was whether Haines should pursue a ‘bicycle friendly community’ designation. Questions were once against raised about conflicts of interest on advisory committees. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/10PRACwINTRO.mp3 Several residents spoke out against parks committee member Thom Ely taking part in the biking discussion. “I think Thom has a direct conflict of interest in this because he has a bicycle shop,” said Don Turner Jr. Turner said Ely might benefit financially from the bike-friendly designation. Ely owns...

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Freeride arrives this week for third Haines competition

Dozens of the world’s most talented big mountain skiers and snowboarders arrive in Haines this week for the Freeride World Tour. It will be the extreme winter sports competition’s third Alaska experience. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/14FreeridepreviewwINTRO.mp3 A video on the Freeride’s website calls Haines ‘The Dream Stop.’ “Of course, everyone wants to go to Haines,” said Freeride North America Spokesman Tom Winter. Haines is different than the other Freeride stops in France, Andorra, Austria and Switzerland. It’s more remote, there’s no ski resort, and the mountains, according to the athletes, are incomparable. “The way the mountains are, it’s different,” Italian skier Tricomi...

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