Day: May 15, 2017

KHNS News – May 15, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/15newscast.mp3 Plenty of interest for Haines and Skagway assembly vacancies; Haines cruise visitor numbers up as docking fee discounts take effect; Online market aims to grow local food...

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Plenty of interest for Haines and Skagway assembly vacancies

Seven people have applied for one vacancy on the Haines Borough Assembly. They include the person behind an effort to recall three assembly members. The Skagway Assembly also has an empty seat. Four people applied for that position: Monica Carlson, Nathan Helmer, Karl Klupar and Dominic Rotier. In Haines, Don Turner Jr., Stephanie Scott, Judy Erekson, Paul Nelson, James Hart, Andrew Gray, and Sean Maidy turned in letters of interest by the 5 p.m. deadline Monday. Turner is the main sponsor on three recall petitions targeting Tom Morphet, Heather Lende and Tresham Gregg. The sponsors have until June 12 to...

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Online market aims to grow local food options in Haines and Juneau

Have you ever wanted to go online and buy some fresh, locally-grown tomatoes or kale? If all goes as planned, this summer, Haines and Juneau residents will have that option. A group of area nonprofits are starting up an online farmers market to connect producers and fishermen with buyers. The goal is to encourage and grow the local food economy. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/12FoodHubwINTRO.mp3 On a recent evening, a group of gardeners gathered around a laptop in the Haines Public Library. They were there to learn about a new option to sell their extra produce. “The Salt and Soil Marketplace is an online farmers market,”...

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Haines planning commission won’t explore expanding borough boundaries

The Haines Planning Commission is not interested in expanding the borough’s boundaries – at least not right now. The assembly asked the group to consider annexing other nearby areas to generate extra revenue. Planner Rob Miller said it needs to be clear what kind of money could be brought in from borough expansion. “I’m not going to be looking on this idea with much favor until somebody shows me what as a borough we could reasonably expect as revenue,” said Miller. Interim manager Brad Ryan brought up the idea at an April assembly meeting. He said expanding borough boundaries...

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Haines cruise visitor numbers up as docking fee waiver goes into effect

Two years ago, Haines officials decided to make a financial sacrifice in an effort to increase cruise ship traffic. The assembly approved a three-year program to give a 50 percent docking fee discount to cruise ships tying up at Port Chilkoot Dock. The waiver program went into effect this year, and Haines’ tourism director says it’s showing results. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/15HainesCruisewINTRO.mp3 “We’re definitely on the increase,” said outgoing tourism director Leslie Ross. Haines’ first cruise ship arrives on Sunday (5/21). It kicks off a season that will see about 46,000 cruise passengers. That’s about an 8,000-person increase from last year. There are...

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