Day: March 16, 2017

KHNS News – March 16, 2017 Resource extraction appeals still pending as Haines Assembly meeting extends to third day; Heliski map committee racks up $10,000 legal bill for borough; Haines Assembly will interview 3 manager candidates; ‘Rusty Compass, Dusty Rose’ takes stage in...

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Embattled heliski map committee racks up $10,000 in legal expenses

The Haines Borough has paid more than $10,000 in legal  expenses related to the embattled heliski map committee. The municipality’s legal bill for the first seven months of the fiscal year was broken down in a letter from attorney Brooks Chandler. The borough spent about $59,000 on attorney expenses in those seven months. Interim Borough Manager Brad Ryan says the borough usually budgets about $70,000 for the entire year’s worth of legal costs. The spending helped trigger the need for a $15,000 budget amendment, which the assembly approved this week. The largest category of legal spending was ‘general counsel’...

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“Rusty Compass, Dusty Rose” takes the stage in Haines

A locally written and directed musical is coming to the Chilkat Center in Haines this weekend. “Rusty Compass, Dusty Rose” features more than 20 performers who help tell a story of love, regret and redemption, that finds its way into the underworld. “This is an original musical I wrote, called Rusty Compass, Dusty Rose – no relation to the local coffee shop,” says Hannah Bochart at one of the last rehearsals of her production. Bochart’s sister Merrick is directing. “It’s a family production, it’s 100 percent local production, which is nice,” says Bochart. “We’ve got all our local...

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Resource extraction appeals still pending as Haines Assembly meeting extends to third day

Two citizen appeals of a resource extraction permit caused Tuesday’s Haines Borough Assembly meeting to extend to three days. The appeals are in response to the planning commission’s approval of a conditional use permit for Roger Schnabel. Schnabel wants to extract 7,500 cubic yards of riprap material from his property above Young Road and Skyline Drive. He plans to sell it for use in the small boat harbor expansion. Neighboring residents Lenise Henderson-Fontenot and Ella Bredthauer filed appeals of the planning commission’s approval. Among other concerns, they say Schnabel’s operation is a threat to public safety and property values....

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Haines Assembly will interview 3 manager applicants

The Haines Borough Assembly will hold preliminary interviews with three candidates for the borough manager job. Two of the finalists are locals and one lives in the Lower 48 but has Alaska experience. They are interim borough manager Brad Ryan, Haines Chamber of Commerce Director Debra Schnabel, and Michigan county administrator Patrick Jordan. Jordan was added to the list of finalists in a 4-2 vote of the assembly last week. They voted unanimously to add another out-of-towner, Gene Green, to the list. But Green withdrew his application. The assembly’s mixed enthusiasm about Jordan led to some discussion over whether...

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