Day: May 11, 2017

KHNS News – May 11, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/11newscast.mp3 Haines Assembly apologizes to residents who were banned from borough building; Boat owners fooled by website charging high prices for vessel documentation; How should citizen complaints against Haines Police be...

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Boat owners fooled by website charging high prices for vessel documentation

This is the time of year when Alaska fishermen make sure they have their paperwork in order so they’re ready to hit the water. But recently, some of those boat owners were targeted by a third-party service that charges much higher rates for Coast Guard certification. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/11FishDocswINTRO.mp3 “I want to go fishing, I want to be done with all this paperwork,” said Haines commercial fisherman Norm Hughes. Earlier this month, he received a letter in the mail telling him to renew his Coast Guard documentation. It directed him to a website: uscgdocumentation.us. Hughes went to the website right away and...

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Haines Public Safety Commission addresses drug use, overdoses

How can Haines better address drug use and resulting overdoses? That’s a question the public safety commission wants the community to take a closer look at. “Our rural area and our remoteness isn’t going to fend this off for much longer,” said police chief Heath Scott. “I think we’re in the throes of it.” He described with urgency an increase in overdoses, some of which he says are related to heroin. “How many times have we given narcan? How many times have we dealt with overdose in the last year? I start looking at the numbers and we dealt...

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How should citizen complaints against Haines police be dealt with?

Last month, a Haines assembly member made public several critical accounts of the police department. The action motivated the union representing the officers to file a grievance against the borough. At its most recent meeting, the public safety commission continued the conversation of how complaints against the police should be dealt with. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/11ComplaintswINTRO.mp3 “There’s very recent history with this,” said commission chair Jim Stanford. “I knew what was happening with the complaints. People, they weren’t satisfied with what was going on. So as a result, this wound up in the Assembly’s packets. I see the process as being really flawed. Somewhere...

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Haines Assembly apologizes to residents who were banned from borough building

This week, the Haines Assembly offered an apology to two residents who were temporarily banned from borough offices last summer. In June, former manager Bill Seward asked police to issue a ‘no trespass’ order against residents Paul Nelson and Sue Waterhouse. Seward told the Chilkat Valley News at the time that Nelson and Waterhouse had acted in a ‘bullying’ manner toward former planning technician Tracy Cui. After the encounter, Seward wanted to enhance security in the borough administration building. But the assembly shut down that effort. Nelson and Waterhouse said Seward’s action violated their constitutional rights and they demanded...

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