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Ferry reform’s next step at Southeast Conference meeting in Haines

By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News An effort to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System takes another step this month. The latest version of a reform plan will be presented at the Southeast Conference’s annual meeting. Members of the regional development organization gather Sept. 19-21 in Haines. Executive Director Robert Venables said the effort has been underway for about two years. “We’re going to be rolling out the major recommendations in a draft, kind of a strategic operations business plan,” he said. Southeast Conference and the state ferry system are examining ways to save money while maintaining service to port communities. Venables said the state’s fiscal crisis...

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2 dead, 1 injured in plane crash near Haines

By Quinton Chandler, KTOO Juneau Update | 1:00 p.m. Monday Alaska State Troopers released the name of the third person on board a plane that crashed southwest of Haines Saturday morning. Twenty-nine-year-old Stanley Su Quoc Nguyen of Garden Grove, California was declared deceased at the scene. Troopers notified his next of kin. Update | 11:50 a.m. Sunday Alaska State Troopers released the names for two of the three people on board a plane that crashed southwest of Haines Saturday morning. David Kunat, a 29-year-old Juneau pilot, and an adult male passenger from California both died at the crash site. Troopers...

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Don’t build the road, Walker says, citing state’s financial crisis

By Jeremy Hseih, KTOO Citing the state’s multibillion dollar financial crisis, Gov. Bill Walker announced Thursday that the state is no longer backing construction of the Juneau Access Improvements Project. The road extension has been a perennially divisive issue for Juneau, Haines and Skagway. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/15noroad.mp3 For years, state transportation officials backed an extension of the road along Lynn Canal about 50 miles north. It would end at the Katzehin River. The plan called for a new ferry terminal there, which would provide short ferry rides to Haines, Skagway and the road system. Walker’s office says Thursday’s decision does not...

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Skagway assemblyman sentenced to a year in prison, one year supervised release

By Matt Miller, KTOO JUNEAU – A Skagway Borough Assembly member and businessman convicted of failing to file his income tax returns was ordered to spend just over a year in prison. Dan Henry, 61,operator of the Skagway Fish Company, will spend a year on supervised release after he gets out of prison. He must also pay over $600,000 in restitution to the federal government for unpaid back income taxes. In a written statement to the court, Henry said alcoholism led to his dismissal from early jobs and a DUI conviction. He also blamed heavy drinking for gambling away all...

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