Author: Abbey Collins

Skagway plans packed July Fourth

Skagway is gearing up for an event-packed Fourth of July. The day kicks off with a children’s parade at 9:30 a.m., followed by the main parade at 10 a.m. The grand marshals are Duff and Karla Ray. Blaine Mero from the Chamber of Commerce says after that, there’s something going on all day until the Ducky Derby at 5 p.m in Pullen Pond. “It’s the biggest fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce that we do in the year,” Mero said. “We sell tickets with ducks and the ducks are numbered to the ticket. And the first one over the...

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Haines School Board delays completion of superintendent evaluation

After three meetings, the Haines Borough School Board is not done with Superintendent Tony Habra’s first annual performance evaluation. After spending more than two hours behind closed doors Tuesday night, the board said they are not done with the assessment. They met to discuss the matter twice at the beginning of June. A salary increase in the coming year hinges on a successful review. The board has not yet scheduled a new meeting to continue the...

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Haines School Board passes stripped-down FY18 budget

Last week, the Alaska Legislature passed a budget that does not cut funding for education. That’s good news for the Haines Borough School District. Avoiding the additional financial blow allowed the school board to add a couple support staff positions back into the budget for next year. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/28HBSBwINTRO.mp3 The district was bracing for an about $167,000 cut to state funding. That’s on top of financial uncertainty the Haines School is already facing. At the beginning of the year, Superintendent Tony Habra said the district could see an about half-million dollar deficit in the coming fiscal year. The loss is...

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KHNS News – June 27, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/27Newscast.mp3 Special Skagway Assembly meeting set to discuss White Pass port proposal; Haines union grievance over police complaints remains unresolved; Wild sockeye stocks low at start of commercial gillnet season in the Upper Lynn Canal; Shareholders re-elect Sealaska board...

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Wild sockeye stocks low at start of commercial gillnet season in the Upper Lynn Canal

Commercial gillnetters in the Upper Lynn Canal started the season earlier this month. While stocks of chum salmon are strong, there are concerns about low numbers of wild sockeye in the area. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/27GillnetwINTRO.mp3 On June 18, around 130 boats set out for the first opening of the commercial drift gillnet fishery. While they’re not short of fish to catch, one stock in particular is below average this year. Mark Sogge is a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Haines. He says he’s concerned about wild stocks of Chilkoot sockeye salmon. So far, the escapement is...

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