Day: September 13, 2017

KHNS News – Sept. 13, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/13Newscast.mp3 It’s official: the Freeride is not returning to Haines in 2018; Skagway loses another cruise docking due to limited space after rockslides; King salmon returning to Chilkat River exceed expectations, but continue on downward...

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Skagway loses another cruise docking due to limited space after rockslides

Skagway is set to lose another cruise docking as the season comes to a close. The Celebrity Solstice is re-routing to Icy Strait on Tuesday, Sept. 19. It’s the third ship Skagway has lost due to rockslides near the town’s biggest cruise dock. The railroad dock has been used in a limited capacity ever since the most recent slide on Sept. 5. That means Skagway only has room for three ships. Next Tuesday was supposed to be a four-ship day. But because of the restricted room in Skagway, the Celebrity Solstice is stopping in Hoonah instead. Skagway’s last four-ship...

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It’s official: the Freeride is not returning to Haines in 2018

An international big mountain ski and snowboard competition that brought an economic boost to Haines for three winters is not returning to Alaska in 2018. Freeride World Tour organizers say the expense of putting on a competition in the remote Haines backcountry is the main reason they are not coming back this winter. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/13FreeridewINTRO.mp3 “With a 360 he sticks that! What a combination to start out from!” Commentators marveled as skiers and snowboarders carved descents through the deep snow of the Haines mountains in March of 2017. The Freeride World Tour includes a series of stops, where athletes build up...

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King salmon returning to Chilkat River exceed expectations, but continue on downward trend

Adult king salmon are returning to the Chilkat River at historically low numbers. The population has been decreasing over the last 10 years. In 2016, the Chilkat saw the lowest escapement estimate in about 25 years. Preliminary counts for 2017 show the downward trend is not letting up and fishing restrictions are likely to continue next year. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/13ChilkatKingswINTRO.mp3 But let’s start with some good news. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s preliminary abundance estimate for large Chinook in the Chilkat River is 1,231 fish. That’s about double what biologists were expecting. They only predicted the return of about...

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