Day: June 6, 2017

KHNS News – June 6, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/06newscast.mp3 Haines Assembly recall signatures turned in; NTSB: Pilot shut down one engine before fatal plane crash near Haines; Haines School Board will continue superintendent evaluation Thursday; Runners to brave ‘Alaska’s toughest marathon’ in...

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Haines Assembly recall signatures turned in

The sponsors behind three Haines Assembly recall petitions turned in their signatures Tuesday afternoon. Don Turner Jr. told KHNS he collected ‘more than enough’ signatures to initiate recall votes for Tom Morphet, Tresham Gregg and Heather Lende. Borough clerk Julie Cozzi has 10 days to review the signatures. Each petition requires 258 valid signatures to trigger a special election. The recall sponsors turned in the petitions about a week before their deadline of June 12. The petitions were drawn up on the basis of two allegations: that assembly members violated the Alaska Open Meetings Act and misused their official...

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Runners to brave ‘Alaska’s toughest marathon’ in Skagway this weekend

The race billed as ‘Alaska’s toughest marathon’ takes place this Saturday in Skagway. Duff’s Skagway Marathon begins on the downtown waterfront and winds through steep hills and uneven terrain in Dyea and West Creek. Race director Kristin Wagner says 114 people have registered so far. There’s a late registration opportunity this Friday evening at Skagway’s AB Hall. Most of participants opt for a half-marathon course, which they can run or walk. But there are more than 20 runners braving the full 26.2 miles. Wagner says they call the race Alaska’s toughest based on what they’ve heard from runners. “We’ve...

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Haines School Board will continue superintendent evaluation Thursday

The Haines Borough School Board needs more time to conduct Superintendent Tony Habra’s one-year evaluation. The board met in executive session for about an hour and a half Monday, wrapping up around 11 p.m. Board president Anne Marie Palmieri says the late hour led them to extend the meeting until Thursday, to complete the yearly evaluation. Habra has been on the job for about a year. He started in the Haines Borough School District last July. He was hired after working in the education field for about 20 years in Michigan and Arizona. Before coming to Haines, Habra was...

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NTSB: Pilot shut off one engine before fatal plane crash near Haines

The surviving passenger of a fatal plane crash near Haines told investigators that the pilot purposely stopped one engine to demonstrate how to re-start it in flight. That is one detail in a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board this week. The crash killed two people and injured another. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/06CrashReportwINTRO.mp3 David Kunat and Chan Valentine of Juneau and Stanley Quoc Nguyen of California were flying from Juneau to Haines on Saturday, May 27. NTSB Alaska chief Clint Johnson says the trio were taking pilot Kunat’s twin-engine Piper PA-30 to the Haines Beer Fest. But at about...

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