Day: May 10, 2017

KHNS News – May 10, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/10newscast.mp3 Haines tourism director resigns, citing manager turnover; Haines budget talks spark debate over nonprofit, police and library funding; Haines will apply for ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’...

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Haines will apply for ‘Bicycle Friendly Community’ designation

How much effort should Haines put into becoming a bicycle friendly community? That question has caused a lot of contention in recent months. But on Tuesday, the Haines Assembly unanimously decided to move forward an application for official bike-friendly status. The idea originated with the parks and recreation advisory committee. Committee member Burl Sheldon was one of several people who spoke in support of it at Tuesday’s assembly meeting. “The bicycle-friendly community idea is straight up an economic develop opportunity and I hope you will pass that item,” Sheldon said. The program comes from The League of American Bicyclists....

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Haines budget talks spark debate over nonprofit, police and library funding

The Haines Assembly introduced a series of amendments to the proposed fiscal year ‘18 borough budget at its meeting Tuesday. The discussion revealed divides in how assembly members view funding for nonprofits, the police department and more. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/10BudgetwINTRO.mp3 Let’s start with nonprofit funding. In previous years, the borough has set aside about $60,000 to allocate to nonprofits. Organizations apply for funding, and their requests go to the assembly for approval. That process has caused some controversy in recent years, and Assembly member Margaret Friedenauer said she wants to set up a more focused procedure. “I think it’s more purposeful...

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Haines tourism director resigns, cites manager turnover

This week, Haines’ tourism director of three years announced her resignation. It’s one of two recent borough staff departures that are, in part, a response to the assembly’s manager hire decision. Tourism director Leslie Ross explained her resignation at Tuesday’s assembly meeting. She said the constant turnover in the borough manager position has made her job difficult, and the prospect of going through yet another change in leadership was the last straw. “Part of my reasoning for not staying is to again deal with the added stress of another transition,” Ross said. “And the recent timeline of events, the way...

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