Day: August 15, 2017

Haines recall unsuccessful according to preliminary results

A recall election aimed at unseating three Haines Assembly members was unsuccessful, according to initial results. Unofficial numbers show the majority of voters saying ‘no’ to the recall of Tresham Gregg, Heather Lende and Tom Morphet. There are still some absentee, questioned and special needs ballots to be counted. But they’re unlikely to change the outcome, as the ‘no’ votes have a more than 100-vote margin for each assembly member. According to uncertified results, 433 residents voted ‘yes’ to recall Gregg. Six-hundred-sixteen voted ‘no.’ For Lende, 405 voted ‘yes,’ 644 voted ‘no.’ And for Morphet, 440 voted ‘yes,’ 611...

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KHNS News – Aug. 15, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/15Newscast.mp3 Polls close in the Haines recall election; Skagway Assembly to consider recreation center advisory questions; Haines planning commissioners renew concerns over Chilkoot River Corridor gates; Overdue Haines hunter found safe Monday morning; Murkowski hopes for a limited health-care vote this...

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Haines planning commissioners renew concerns over Chilkoot River Corridor gates

From marijuana zoning to vacation rentals, the Haines Planning Commission made progress on several issues at its latest meeting. Gates installed on the Chilkoot River Corridor that stirred controversy last year are back on the commission’s radar. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/15PlanningwINTRO.mp3 The Alaska Department of Natural Resources installed gates on the road last year. State parks had just taken over the road from the Department of Transportation. The parks department said it was a precautionary measure. But, the action drew concerns from residents worried the state might try to limit access. The gates weren’t on the planning commission’s agenda, but Larry Geise...

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Skagway Assembly to consider recreation center advisory questions

Proponents of a Skagway recreation center expansion are taking a new approach to advance the project. The assembly will consider sending two advisory questions to voters this fall. One would gauge voter support for the rec center expansion. The other would test support for a more expensive project that includes a pool. The questions would not bind the borough to complete any specific project, but give an indication of community sentiment. This follows the assembly’s rejection of a sales tax ballot question. The question would have let voters decide whether to levy a sales tax increase to pay for...

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