Day: August 7, 2017

KHNS News – Aug. 7, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/07newscast.mp3 Bear cub killed after collision with car in Haines; Hot weekend breaks temperature records in Skagway and Haines; Should Haines move to a transfer station waste disposal system?; Police service area, excise tax proposals on Haines Assembly...

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Bear cub killed after collision with car in Haines

A brown bear cub was struck and killed by a driver in Haines recently. Wildlife trooper Trent Chwialkowski said the incident happened July 28 in the late evening around mile 9 of Lutak Road. Chwialkowski said the driver called the police and reported striking the bear, which then ran into the woods. Chwialkowski said the driver was not an Alaska resident. “They didn’t even have the opportunity to put on the brakes, is what they described, it just darted across the road,” Chwialkowski said. “And it sounds as if the rear tire ran over the bear. There was no...

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Should Haines move to a transfer station waste disposal system?

Rough ideas for an alternative way for Haines to dispose of solid waste are taking shape.  Two plans centered on transfer stations were presented at a solid waste working group meeting last week. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/07WastewINTRO.mp3 Haines is starting to explore, in an informal way, whether a different garbage disposal setup is feasible. Right now, residents are reliant on one privately-owned landfill, Community Waste Solutions. There is also a nonprofit recycling center. Most residents self-haul their trash to CWS. Some of the pitfalls in this system include problems with illegal dumping and the insecurity of having no back-up plan if CWS...

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Hot weekend breaks temperature records in Skagway and Haines

After a stretch of cool, rainy weather, Haines and Skagway both saw record hot temperatures over the weekend. According to the National Weather Service in Juneau, several Southeast towns saw the highest Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 temperatures ever recorded. On Saturday, Skagway sweltered to 93 degrees. The weather service says that is an all-time record for August temperatures in Skagway. It breaks a 1972 record of 92 degrees. Skagway’s Sunday temperature, 75, is two degrees warmer than the last record for Aug. 6. Haines also set new records for Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 temperatures. Saturday, the Haines...

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Police service area, excise tax proposals on Haines Assembly agenda

Haines residents have another chance to weigh in on proposals for a broadened police service area and excise taxes on tobacco and marijuana. Those are two of the items up for hearings at Tuesday’s Haines Assembly meeting. Neither has a smooth route to passage. Establishment of a new ‘community safety’ service area would need to pass a public vote. But it might not even be ready for assembly approval. The service area idea is a response to Haines’ loss of an Alaska State Trooper. It would expand police protection throughout most of the borough, including to the Haines Highway,...

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