Day: May 17, 2017

KHNS News – May 17, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/17newscast.mp3 Haines’ only trash business is temporarily closed due to potential chemical contamination; One more applicant for Skagway Assembly vacancy; Skagway Assembly mulls reopening negotiations with White Pass; As states tighten ivory restrictions, Skagway carvers worry about the...

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Haines’ only trash business is temporarily closed due to potential chemical contamination

The Haines Borough’s only waste disposal business is temporarily closed after an unknown chemical was released on site. Community Waste Solutions manager Sally Garton said Wednesday afternoon that earlier that day, a chemical thrown away in a garbage bag became airborne when a machine ran over it. Two employees were exposed to the substance and sent to the clinic. Garton said they were treated for burning eyes and throats but the impact did not appear to be serious. Fire Chief Brian Clay said a toxicologist consulted by phone thought the chemical could have been an organic phosphate, such as...

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One more applicant for Skagway Assembly vacancy

There is one more applicant for an open Skagway Assembly seat, but it’s not clear whether her letter of interest will count. Candace Cahill thought she had submitted a letter of interest by the deadline Monday. But later, she found that a technical glitch stopped the email from sending. Borough Clerk Emily Deach says it will be up to the assembly to decide whether to include Cahill in the list of interested applicants. The assembly is set to discuss the appointment at its meeting Thursday evening. There are four other applicants: Dominic Rotier, Nathan Helmer, Monica Carlson and Karl...

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As states tighten restrictions on ivory, Skagway carvers worry about the future

Restrictions on the ivory industry are multiplying in the U.S., causing concern for artists in Alaska. Alaska Native carvers do have a degree of protection under federal law. But, non-Native carvers who only work with fossilized ivory are not shielded in the same way. In Skagway, where thousands of cruise visitors stop each summer, there is a small but significant group of ivory carvers and sellers who are worried about the future of their craft. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/17IvorywINTRO.mp3 Bruce Schindler hunches over a work table in his sunny Skagway studio. He uses a dental tool he’s adapted to for carving to work on a...

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Skagway Assembly mulls reopening negotiations with White Pass

A letter from a cruise line association has put more pressure on Skagway officials to take action on stalled port development. The borough assembly held a special meeting this week and will continue the discussion Thursday. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/17SBAwINTRO.mp3 The letter is from the the Cruise Lines International Association. It says Skagway’s existing docks will not be able to accommodate large ships coming to Alaska in 2019. It goes on to encourage the city to work with White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad and move forward. Under a lease that expires in six years, White Pass controls almost the entire port....

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