Author: Emily Files

Fiber-optic cable aimed at improving internet to be installed this month

Dreams of access to faster internet in Haines and Skagway may come true later this year. This month, Alaska Power and Telephone is set to install an underwater fiber-optic cable in the Upper Lynn Canal. The cable will grow internet capacity in Haines and Skagway. A ship holding an 86-mile fiber-optic cable will make its way from Washington to the Upper Lynn Canal within the next couple weeks. In mid-September, the crew will start laying the cable on the seafloor. AP&T Chief Operating Officer and soon-to-be CEO Mike Garrett says the company is installing the fiber connection in order to...

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Residents speak against restrictions on mobile businesses

A new committee focused on how to regulate mobile businesses in Haines met for the second time Monday. Only two members were present, and they were taken to task by a couple residents who say the rules the committee plans to draw up could stifle economic growth. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/12MobileBizwINTRO.mp3 Committee members Diana Lapham and Nelle Jurgeleit-Greene started the meeting with a list of potential regulations Jurgeleit-Green compiled from other communities’ codes. One included requiring a food trailer permit, which would be in addition to the state and borough business licenses already mandated. “I think that should be open for discussion...

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Skagway Assembly chooses port consultant with ‘fresh set of eyes’

On Thursday, Skagway Borough Assembly members chose a port consultant they hope will bring ‘a fresh set of eyes’ to stalled progress on the waterfront. The assembly also approved the purchase of Long Bay property for public use and decided to proceed with engineering for a school vocational education building. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/07SkagBAwINTRO.mp3 Planned port renovations that were part of the so-called Gateway Project have been limbo for about a year now. Last October, a public vote rejected a tidelands lease between the municipality and White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. Since then, movement towards renovations has ground to a halt....

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Skagway Assembly candidates agree on port as #1 priority, but bring varied experience

Moving forward with harbor contamination clean-up and improvements on Skagway’s waterfront is the most important priority for the town. That’s the consensus from the three candidates for two open Skagway Borough Assembly seats. At a KHNS forum Monday, candidates David Brena, Tim Cochran, and Orion Hanson expressed similar views on many issues. But each candidate brings different experience that shapes his outlook. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/28SkagForumwINTRO.mp3 Of the three candidates, there is one incumbent, Tim Cochran, who is campaigning for his third three-year term on the assembly. “I feel a little bit of an obligation to give back to the town I grew...

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