Day: June 5, 2017

KHNS News – June 5, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/05newscast.mp3 Former Skagway tribal administrator pleads not guilty in embezzlement case; Trooper vacancy remains question for the Haines Borough; Haines artist carves dugout canoe in Whitehorse; Committee seeks ideas for Haines trail...

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Trooper vacancy remains a question for the Haines Borough

The Haines Borough is getting closer to figuring out how to deal with the loss of an Alaska State Trooper position earlier this year. But, the municipality is still deciding what role it wants borough police to play outside of the townsite. And, the local government is not satisfied with an offer for financial compensation from the troopers. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/05TrooperwINTRO.mp3 Earlier this year, the Alaska State Troopers pulled their only blue-shirt officer from Haines. The department relocated the position to Bethel. They cited budget cuts and the Chilkat Valley’s comparatively low crime rate. Since then, the Haines Borough Police Department...

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Committee seeks ideas to improve Haines trail offerings

Haines residents with ideas for new recreational trails or improvements to existing routes have an opportunity to share their thoughts this week. The parks and recreation advisory committee is holding a trails workshop to gather public input. Chair Rich Chapell says the conversation started at a recent meeting and the group decided to ‘cast a wide net’ and hear from community members. The majority of Haines’ most popular trails are on state land. Alaska State Parks improved Battery Point Trail over the last couple years. This summer, there are plans to fix up the Moose Meadows portion of the...

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Former Skagway tribal administrator pleads not guilty in embezzlement case

The former administrator of Skagway’s tribal organization recently pleaded not guilty to four embezzlement charges. Delia Commander is accused of embezzling about $300,000 from the Skagway Traditional Council between 2010 and 2014. Federal prosecutors say she used the money to pay for things like personal travel and shopping. The council’s current tribal administrator told KHNS that they do not expect to recover any of the money that was allegedly stolen. At her June 1 arraignment, Commander entered a not guilty plea. She lives in Oregon, so she participated in the Anchorage hearing by telephone. Commander will not be detained...

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