Day: August 3, 2017

King salmon decline sparks unprecedented Chilkat Valley subsistence fishing restrictions

Historically low king salmon returns in the Haines area are impacting every local fishery. Commercial, sport and subsistence fishermen are all working with tighter restrictions. The Tlingit village of Klukwan sits on the banks of the Chilkat River about 20 miles north of Haines. This summer, the village is facing the most restrictive regulations on subsistence fishing in recent memory. On an overcast morning in late July, Jeremy Strong takes his family’s skiff out on the Chilkat River. His seven-year-old son, Calvin, rides along. Strong pulls up to two gillnets tied up in a quiet corner of the...

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New Haines tourism director begins work

Haines has a new tourism director. Carolann Wooton moved to town about a year and half ago. Before that, she worked at nonprofits in California. Wooten started on the job the week before the Southeast Alaska State Fair. KHNS’s Emily Files talked to her Monday, at the beginning of her second week as tourism director. They started with what interested Wooten about the position. Listen below:...

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