Day: July 12, 2017

Haines Assembly censures Morphet for release of police complaints

This week, the Haines Assembly formally reprimanded member Tom Morphet for releasing police complaints a few months ago. Morphet brought four critical accounts of individuals’ interactions with Haines police to a public meeting in April. He said the complaints showed evidence of ‘intimidating tactics’ and raised questions about police behavior. Morphet’s actions were condemned by Police Chief Heath Scott and other officers, some of whom were named in the complaints. Soon after, the union that represents the officers levied a grievance against the borough. The union rep said Morphet violated borough code and the employee contract by making personnel...

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KHNS News – July 12, 2017 Haines School Board considers three candidates for interim superintendent; Legislature’s capital budget impasse could delay Haines Highway project; Haines considers ‘sin taxes’ on tobacco, pot and...

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Haines School Board considers three candidates for interim superintendent

A retired educator who served as Haines’ interim superintendent two years ago is up for the job again. The school board is considering three candidates for the short-term position, following the departure of the former head administrator, Tony Habra. Rich Carlson served as interim superintendent during the 2015-2016 school year. He stepped in after the unexpected resignation of one-year superintendent Ginger Jewell. Habra is also leaving the district after just one year. That means Haines may have five different superintendents over a five-year period. Carlson is a longtime educator who has held superintendent positions, permanent and interim, in...

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Legislature’s capital budget impasse could delay Haines Highway project

A major Haines infrastructure project that is years in the making may have to wait a little longer. Construction on the Haines Highway improvement project was expected to begin this fall. But the Alaska Legislature’s failure to agree on a capital budget could delay this and more than 20 other transportation projects. Without a state budget, the Alaska Department of Transportation can’t access millions of dollars in federal money for infrastructure developments. Phase one of the Haines Highway construction, which deals with miles 3 through 12, is estimated to cost around $40 million. Federal highway funding should pay for...

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Haines police service area, charter amendment ballot questions in the works

Haines voters may decide on two ballot questions in the October election. The borough assembly moved the two ordinances forward at a meeting Tuesday. But neither decision was unanimous. The first is in response to Haines’ loss of trooper service. Alaska State Troopers relocated its Haines post earlier this year. That leaves areas outside of the townsite without consistent law enforcement protection. The ballot question would create a new service area, expanding the jurisdiction of the Haines Police. Assemblyman Tom Morphet raised two concerns. One, he thinks the proposal should come from the public, not the government. Two, the...

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