Day: June 28, 2017

KHNS News – June 28, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/28newscast.mp3 Political newcomer Maidy appointed to Haines Assembly; Haines Assembly reluctantly works toward ballot questions on policing outside townsite; Haines School Board passes stripped-down...

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Haines School Board passes stripped-down FY18 budget

Last week, the Alaska Legislature passed a budget that does not cut funding for education. That’s good news for the Haines Borough School District. Avoiding the additional financial blow allowed the school board to add a couple support staff positions back into the budget for next year. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/28HBSBwINTRO.mp3 The district was bracing for an about $167,000 cut to state funding. That’s on top of financial uncertainty the Haines School is already facing. At the beginning of the year, Superintendent Tony Habra said the district could see an about half-million dollar deficit in the coming fiscal year. The loss is...

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Haines Assembly reluctantly works toward ballot questions on policing outside townsite

The Haines Borough Assembly is exploring options to provide police protection to neighborhoods previously served by the Alaska State Troopers. But some assembly members think the borough first needs to fight the Troopers’ decision to leave Haines. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/28HBAwINTRO.mp3 Earlier this year, Alaska State Troopers said due to budget cuts and a relatively low crime rate, they would remove their ‘blue-shirt’ post from Haines. There is still a ‘brown-shirt’ or wildlife trooper, in the area. But many emergency calls in outlying parts of the borough have fallen to the local police department. That’s a problem, because by code, the Haines...

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Political newcomer Maidy appointed to Haines Assembly

The Haines Borough Assembly has a new member. On Tuesday, Sean Maidy was appointed to Margaret Friedenauer’s former seat. Friedenauer’s resignation was the second in less than two months. She stepped down at the end of May. Mike Case left the assembly in April. Former mayor Stephanie Scott was appointed to his seat. Three residents applied for the vacancy left by Friedenauer. They were Maidy, Andrew Gray and James Hart. At a committee meeting, the majority of the assembly endorsed Hart. But that feeling changed after they found out that he wouldn’t be available to attend meetings in-person until...

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