Day: June 30, 2017

Haines forestry funding included in Alaska operating budget

There is some good news for the Haines State Forest. The local forestry office has been in jeopardy ever since the legislature zeroed out its funding two years ago. But in the most recent state operating budget, one-time funding for the local forestry post made it through. This was the budget that almost didn’t pass. But the Alaska Legislature finally came to an agreement and averted a government shutdown just eight days before the deadline. Now that the dust has settled, Forestry Director Chris Maisch says a $102,000 allocation for Haines survived budget negotiations. “I won’t say the...

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Skagway plans packed July Fourth

Skagway is gearing up for an event-packed Fourth of July. The day kicks off with a children’s parade at 9:30 a.m., followed by the main parade at 10 a.m. The grand marshals are Duff and Karla Ray. Blaine Mero from the Chamber of Commerce says after that, there’s something going on all day until the Ducky Derby at 5 p.m in Pullen Pond. “It’s the biggest fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce that we do in the year,” Mero said. “We sell tickets with ducks and the ducks are numbered to the ticket. And the first one over the...

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Haines July Fourth festivities don’t include borough fireworks show

Fourth of July festivities in Haines include a parade, mountain run and lots of pie, but no official fireworks display. Haines also went without a major fireworks show last year. Pyrotechnician Phillip Wilde used to contract with the borough to provide July Fourth fireworks. But this year and last, he has instead hosted a display at 33 Mile of the Haines Highway. The 33 Mile show takes place July 3. Wilde’s son Elliot says the fireworks will start at 10:30 or 11 p.m. and the public is welcome. The borough assembly put the kibosh on providing a police presence at...

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