Day: May 19, 2017

KHNS News – May 19, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/19newscast.mp3 Skagway Traditional Council former administrator charged with embezzlement; Former mayor is front-runner for empty Haines Assembly seat; Deadline to apply for Skagway Assembly vacancy extended; CWS sets up off-site station for household trash...

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Former mayor is front-runner for empty Haines Assembly seat

Former Haines Borough mayor Stephanie Scott was the favorite choice out of seven applicants for an empty assembly seat. The five sitting assembly members met as a committee Thursday to hear from residents interested in the vacancy. Although they had some differences in opinion, the majority of the assembly gave preliminary endorsement to Scott. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/19HainesSeatwINTRO.mp3 The assembly had a host of choices to fill the vacant seat. Seven people expressed interest. Many of them would be brand new to borough government. But the majority of the assembly members wanted someone with experience for the short-term appointment. “I think it’s...

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Deadline to apply for open Skagway Assembly seat extended

The deadline to submit letters of interest to serve on the Skagway Borough Assembly has been extended. A position opened at the beginning of May, when the assembly accepted Angela Grieser’s resignation. At a meeting Thursday, the group said they would allow residents to submit letters of interest until May 30 at 9 a.m. The original deadline was May 15. That means one applicant, whose letter was turned in late due to a technical glitch, will be considered after all. Candace Cahill joins four other Skagway residents interested in the position. The other applicants are Nathan Helmer, Dominic Rotier,...

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Skagway Traditional Council former administrator charged with embezzlement

The former administrator of the Skagway Traditional Council is facing four charges of embezzlement. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/19EmbezzlewINTRO.mp3 Delia Commander now lives in Oregon. But the allegations stem from her time as administrator of the Skagway tribal organization. The Alaska U.S. Attorney’s office says Commander embezzled about $300,000 from the council between 2010 and 2014. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward says Commander used the tribal credit card at casinos and to pay for things like personal travel, shopping, online university courses, vehicle maintenance and more. Sara Kinjo-Hischer is the Skagway Traditional Council’s current tribal administrator. She was hired after Commander resigned in...

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CWS sets up off-site station for household trash collection

Haines residents looking to dispose of household trash do have a means to do so this weekend. Community Waste Solutions set up an off-site collection station at the end of FAA Road, near the water treatment plant. CWS’s main processing building and the surrounding area is closed to the public after a potential contamination incident. They have not been accepting trash since Wednesday. Manager Sally Garton says the company received approval from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to set up an alternative garbage collection site in the short-term. The station is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....

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