Day: June 7, 2017

Haines and Skagway form groups to tackle drug abuse

Both Haines and Skagway are establishing new efforts to combat drug abuse. Task forces in both communities are trying to come up with solutions. At an initial meeting in Haines, community members brainstormed concerns and possible answers. The public safety commission organized the discussion after hearing from Police Chief Heath Scott about increasing numbers of opioid-related overdoses at a recent meeting. Jenn Walsh is one of Haines’ paid firefighters. She said from her perspective on the ambulance crew, opioid use is increasing in town. She said she’s been on the team for seven years. In the first five...

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Haines’ new manager starts job amid political turmoil, conflict of interest questions

Haines’ new borough manager is breaking ground in a couple ways: she’s the first woman to ever serve as the town’s permanent manager, and she’s a local. Debra Schnabel started work Monday, although her contract has not been finalized. She takes the helm during a challenging time. Haines is in the midst of a recall effort, two assembly members have resigned for political reasons, and Schnabel’s hire itself was criticized by many. Over the past few years, Haines struggled to hold on to managers. One left before his contract was up. Another was fired. Residents called for the...

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