Day: August 28, 2017

KHNS News – Aug. 28, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/28newscast.mp3 Rockslide near Skagway cruise dock causes two ships to relocate; State Department of Public Safety reaches out to fishermen in effort to combat opioid abuse; As Haines considers police service expansion, funding is point of...

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State Department of Public Safety reaches out to fishermen in effort to combat opioid abuse

Earlier this year, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration to combat opioid abuse in Alaska. Since then, more time and resources have been dedicated to the issue. This summer, some of those efforts are aimed at getting the attention of the fishing community. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/28OpioidwINTRO.mp3 “We haven’t had something of this magnitude before,” says Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. He spoke with KHNS during a visit to Haines. “I’m an old guy, I’ve been an old cop for a long time,” says Monegan. “And there were surges in the 60s and 80s and 90s with different types of drugs....

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As Haines considers police service expansion, funding is point of contention

Residents will have another opportunity to voice their opinions about police service outside the Haines townsite at a meeting Tuesday night. The borough is looking into extending the police department’s jurisdiction to areas previously served by a Haines-based Alaska State Trooper. The Haines trooper post closed earlier this year. There is still a local wildlife trooper. Even if the assembly does decide to move forward with a new “community safety” service area, there’s disagreement about how to pay for it. Right now, borough code says area-specific services should be funded by property taxes. Assemblyman Tom Morphet said there’s a...

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