Day: March 15, 2017

KHNS News – March 15, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/15newscast.mp3 Upper Lynn Canal left with one commuter airline after Wings shuts down; New ferry dock ‘most likely’ in Skagway’s future; One teacher takes resignation incentive at Haines...

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One teacher takes resignation incentive at the Haines School

The Haines School Superintendent says one teacher has taken a financial incentive from the district to resign at the end of this school year. According to Tony Habra, of eight eligible staff, Patty Brown, who teaches elementary math and science, is the only one who took the incentive. Brown has been with the school for 21 years. The district is facing an about $360,000 budget shortfall for the coming year. In an attempt to save money, it established a resignation incentive option. Certain long-time teachers who chose to resign this year would get an extra $15,000 to $20,000. To be...

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Upper Lynn Canal left with one commuter airline after Wings shuts down

One of just two commuter airlines connecting small towns in Northern Southeast Alaska to Juneau has shut down. Wings of Alaska was founded in the 1980s. In recent years, the company has changed hands and reduced its flight schedule. Now, it is ending operations. That leaves just one commuter airline serving Haines, Skagway, Gustavus and Hoonah. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/15WingswINTRO.mp3 Aldwin Harder is managing partner of Wings of Alaska and Fjord Flying. “It was a tough decision to shut down Wings,” Harder said. “Our intention was to bring competition to a market. It’s heartbreaking for us all, we love the people who work...

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New ferry dock “most likely” in Skagway’s future

The Alaska Department of Transportation has changed its plans for Skagway’s ferry dock after meetings with local officials. DOT is scaling back its rehabilitation plans while they work toward the municipality’s request for replacement. That means that a two to three month disruption in ferry service that was part of the original project will not happen after all. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/15SkagDOTwINTRO.mp3 “We’re trying to work with the city to accomplish what they’re trying to accomplish and that’s the direction we’re headed,” says DOT deputy commissioner Mike Neussl. He oversees the ferry system. He says a replacement dock is “most likely,” in...

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