Day: March 17, 2017

KHNS News – March 17, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/17Newscast.mp3 Break-in at Haines clinic causes morning closure; Haines Assembly imposes restrictions on resource extraction permit after 10-hour meeting; Haines Assembly OKs $63,000 police budget amendment; Skagway assembly puts off sales tax ordinance for...

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Haines Assembly OKs $63,000 police budget amendment

The Haines Borough Assembly approved a $63,000 budget amendment for the police department this week. The funding request came during a time of change for the department. Haines has lost its Alaska State Trooper. And the police chief is hoping to expand the force from four to five officers. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/17PolicewINTRO.mp3 The budget overrun may have something to do with the outer borough matters the police now feel obligated to cover. But the overspending started before the trooper post became vacant in December. From July to December, the department was between $2,000 and $8,000 over budget each month. Interim Borough...

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Skagway Assembly puts off sales tax ordinance for now

The Skagway Assembly put the brakes on a year-round sales tax increase – for now. But not before hearing a few concerns about the possible measure. The possible tax hike was motivated by the recreation center expansion, which is estimated to cost $17 million. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/17SkagBA.mp3 On the agenda was the introduction and first reading of an ordinance that would push forward an amendment to the sales tax code, establishing a one percent year-round sales tax increase. If passed, the question would go to Skagway voters on the October ballot. Right now sales tax in Skagway is five percent from April-September....

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Break-in at Haines clinic causes morning closure

The Haines SEARHC clinic was broken into sometime between closing Thursday evening and early Friday morning. Haines Police have notified first responders in the community in case any potentially dangerous drugs were taken that could result in emergencies. The clinic is still assessing what was stolen. Clinic Administrator Pat Hefley said it appeared that the emergency room was most damaged by the break-in. He said it didn’t look like the perpetrator got into the pharmacy. The break-in caused the clinic to delay opening by two hours Friday morning. By about 11 a.m. Friday, Hefley said business was back to...

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