Day: July 10, 2017

KHNS News – July 10, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/10newscast.mp3 Haines residents may vote on new police service area following trooper departure; Two potential ballot questions, excise tax on Haines Assembly agenda; Chum salmon dominate start of commercial gillnet...

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Chum salmon dominate the start of commercial gillnet season in the Northern Lynn Canal

The gillnet fleet in the Northern Lynn Canal is off to a strong start this season. Though wild sockeye runs are slow to arrive, fishermen are nearing a historically high catch of hatchery-produced chum salmon. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/10ChumwINTRO.mp3 Gillnetters in District 15, the waters between Juneau and Skagway, hauled in an estimated 470,000 chum over four days last week. That’s more than 3,000 fish per boat. The fishery has been open for about three weeks. Much of the fleet is fishing closer to Juneau, to capitalize on hatchery-produced chum. Mark Sogge is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and...

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Haines residents may vote on new police service area following trooper departure

Haines has been without a blue-shirt Alaska State Trooper for more than six months. The trooper used to provide protection for areas of the borough outside the townsite, including the Haines Highway. Now, the assembly has a solution in sight to cover the gap left behind by the trooper, but voters will have the final say. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/10PolicewINTRO-1.mp3 The idea is to create a new police service area. Right now, the Haines Police Department is only meant to serve the townsite. It’s where the most people live, but it’s just a small fraction of the borough. Borough manager Debra Schnabel...

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Two potential ballot questions on Haines Assembly agenda

In addition to a police service area proposal, the Haines Assembly has another potential ballot question and a number of code amendments before it this week. The other ballot question would clarify the relationship between borough officers, the manager and the assembly. Right now, borough charter says the manager, clerk, attorney and chief fiscal officer serve at the pleasure of the assembly. The amendment would change the charter so that the assembly only oversees the manager. A marijuana and tobacco excise tax is up for consideration. The ordinance would impose a $2 tax on cigarette packs purchased in the...

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KHNS News – July 7, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/07Newscast-2.mp3 White Pass proposal draws emotional response from Skagway residents, assembly members; Haines School District will pay Habra $66,000, few details revealed about departure; Beginning in August: Deep-release puts the pressure on rockfish...

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