Author: Emily Files

KHNS News – Nov. 18, 2016

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/18newscast.mp3 Skagway pot shop application denied by planning commission; Fish and Game Advisory Committee asks Haines Borough to delay decisions on heliski map; Haines School Board looks to fill vacant...

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Fish and Game Advisory Committee asks borough to delay heliski map changes

Over recent weeks, a Haines committee has met to make recommendations on whether to open new areas for helicopter skiing. The heliski map committee’s deadline is Nov. 30. But another committee – one tasked with considering local wildlife populations – wants the heliski map process to slow down. They say the borough should wait to make changes to the map until research on area mountain goats and bear dens is complete. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/18ADFGwINTRO.mp3 “What are mountain goats in the Haines area doing? Are they wintering up high or are they wintering down low?” Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Kevin...

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Photographers converge in Haines to witness gathering of eagles

Haines’ annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival takes place this week. There are talks by naturalists, workshops and other activities at the Eagle Foundation in town. But the main draw is about 20 miles up the highway, along the Chilkat River. That’s where hundreds, maybe thousands of eagles congregate for a late salmon run. And the convocation of eagles brings a similar pilgrimage of people. Specifically, photographers. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/17EagleFestwINTRo-1.mp3 As you walk along the frosted leaves that cover the banks of the Chilkat River, you’ll hear a couple sounds: eagles calling out as they feed on salmon, and loud camera shutters...

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Klukwan heritage center installs eagle mic in time for festival

The Jilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center in Klukwan also serves as a visitor center for the Bald Eagle Preserve. The center installed a new fixture recently just in time for this week’s Eagle Festival. It’s a microphone stationed along the Chilkat River that picks up sounds of the abundant eagles and broadcasts them in the center’s lobby. Listen: https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/16Eagle1.mp3 Lani Hotch is the cultural center’s executive director. She says the microphone installation capitalizes on the center’s location, right on the banks of the Chilkat River. “It’s quite a spectacular view this morning, we’ve got some sunshine and snow-capped mountains,...

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