Day: October 11, 2017

KHNS News – Oct. 11, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/11Newscast.mp3 Heroin seized in drug bust at Haines post office; Sean Maidy wins Haines Assembly seat by about 30 votes; Haines Assembly narrowly approves tobacco and marijuana excise...

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Haines Assembly narrowly approves tobacco and marijuana excise taxes

After spending hours debating the idea over multiple meetings, the Haines Assembly narrowly approved targeted taxes on marijuana and tobacco products. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/11TaxeswINTRO.mp3 The assembly was split down the middle on the marijuana excise tax. It would levy a $5 fee on each ounce of pot cultivated locally. Opponents said the tax would burden Haines’ legal pot industry before it finds its footing. Erika Merklin echoed that objection. She is one of a handful of aspiring Haines pot entrepreneurs. Merklin also challenged marijuana’s association with tobacco. “If you want to make people healthier, you could tax sodas or trans-fat products,”...

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Heroin seized in drug bust at Haines post office

Two young Haines residents are facing felony drug charges after a package containing a significant amount of heroin was allegedly intercepted on its way to the local post office. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/11Heroin.mp3 Twenty-four-year-old Wesley Dobbins and 19-year-old Bailey Stuart appeared in Haines court Wednesday. Both are charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree, a class B felony. A judge found probable cause in both cases. The maximum penalty for class B felonies is 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. According to charging documents, a package containing 14 grams of heroin allegedly addressed...

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Sean Maidy wins Haines Assembly seat by about 30 votes

A 35-year-old political novice bested three other candidates for an open Haines Assembly seat. Sean Maidy won the position by an about 30-vote margin. He differs from the other two assembly winners in political experience and longevity in Haines. But Maidy is already a somewhat familiar face, because he has served in an appointed assembly position since June. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/11MaidyWinwINTRO.mp3 Borough officials publicly counted 23 remaining ballots Tuesday night. The absentee, questioned and special needs ballots were totaled a week after the local election. The only position still up in the air was a third Haines Assembly seat that carries...

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