Day: December 15, 2016

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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Haines Assembly fires borough manager

The Haines Borough Assembly dismissed borough manager Bill Seward in a 4-2 vote Wednesday night. The decision followed an over three-hour-long evaluation in which each assembly member was critical of the new manager, who had been on the job six months. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/15SewardwINTRO.mp3 At Seward’s request, the majority of the emotional meeting happened in public instead of in executive session. Newly-elected assembly member Tom Morphet started the discussion with a written statement. “Mr. Seward has made continuous missteps that reflect his judgment and diligence are not at the caliber required to do this job effectively,” Morphet said. “Moreover, I do...

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Lynn Canal Voice: State and National Parks

KHNS public affairs program Lynn Canal Voice covered State and National Parks issues, particularly around bear safety, during the Dec. 15 program. Host Emily Files spoke with Haines Park Ranger Travis Russell, Chilkoot Bear Foundation President Pam Randles, and Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Chief of Interpretation Ben Hayes. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Lynn-Canal-Voice-12-15-16-Bears.mp3 Lynn Canal Voice will be back in January. If you have suggestions for topics or guests, please email...

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