Day: September 11, 2017

KHNS News – Sept. 11, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/11Newscast.mp3 Coral Princess diverting to Haines Tuesday due to docking limitations in Skagway; Skagway Assembly formally voices support for police chief following loss of state certification; Haines Planning Commission pushes back on scaled-back Lutak Dock design; Ferry reform update planned for Southeast Conference annual...

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Haines Manager Report on Sept. 12 Assembly Meeting

KHNS News is launching a new segment, where we check in with Haines Borough Manager Debra Schnabel the day prior to an assembly meeting. The conversation airs after the local newscast Monday evening at about 6:10 p.m. Emily Files spoke with Schnabel about what’s on the agenda for the Tuesday, Sept. 12 meeting.  Listen below: https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/11ManagerReport2.mp3 Topics covered include: Separate excise tax proposals for tobacco and marijuana sold in Haines Ordinance establishing the borough assembly as the local marijuana regulatory authority Ordinance reducing mayor’s compensation from $15,000 to $6,000 Ordinance changing code to allow more flexibility in service area...

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Haines Planning Commission pushes back on scaled-back Lutak Dock design

Haines Borough staff have been considering a scaled-back design for the renovation of Lutak Dock. That’s because they’re struggling to come up with funding for the preferred option. But the planning commission is not satisfied with the less expensive plan. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/11LutakwINTRO.mp3 Last month, the assembly gave Borough Manager Debra Schnabel the go-ahead to pursue funding for a $21 million dock design. The option preferred by the assembly, planning commission and Port and Harbor Advisory Committee cost $37 million. That’s what the borough originally applied for a federal grant to pursue. But the application was rejected. “Our problem is that...

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Coral Princess diverting to Haines Tuesday due to docking limitations in Skagway

Skagway’s loss is Haines’ gain in the cruise ship schedule this week. The Coral Princess, which was set to dock in Skagway Tuesday, will instead divert to Haines. Skagway’s docking space is limited after two rockslides sparked safety concerns at the town’s largest cruise facility – the railroad dock. White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad owns the dock. The company announced late last week that it would be limiting its use for the rest of the season. One ship can still tie up at the south end of the facility. Passengers from that ship will be ferried in on...

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Skagway Assembly formally voices support for police chief following loss of state certification

The Skagway Borough Assembly formally voiced its support for Police Chief Ray Leggett at a meeting last week. After a lengthy legal battle with the state, Leggett lost his Alaska police officer certification earlier this year. Now, Skagway officials are affirming their support for Leggett to stay on the job. But they’re also updating the police chief job description and personnel policy. Leggett came under scrutiny of the Alaska Police Standards Council after he conducted a lie detector test on his disabled son, who was the suspect of an investigation in Haines. The council revoked Leggett’s certification on the...

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