Day: April 7, 2017

AP&T ‘abandoning’ possible development of Skagway hydroelectric project

Alaska Power and Telephone will stop exploring the possibility of a hydroelectric project at Skagway’s West Creek. The Borough Assembly discussed that development Thursday. They also made a few decisions related to waterfront improvements. AP&T sent a letter to Mayor Mark Schaefer last month. The permit they received from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to explore the viability of a hydro project in Skagway is set to expire at the end of May. In the letter, AP&T says the company will not apply for a new permit. Instead, they are “abandoning” development efforts at this time. Darren Belisle...

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Report: Mining sector contributed $5.2 million to Haines economy in 2016

A company conducting mineral exploration in the Chilkat Valley recently commissioned an analysis of the Haines mining economy. Constantine Metal Resources paid for the report from Juneau-based Rain Coast Data. It estimates that the mining sector had a $5.2 million economic impact on Haines in 2016. Much of that comes from Greens Creek and Kensington workers. One of the most obvious contributors to the Haines mining economy is Constantine’s Palmer Project, about 35 miles north of Haines. It’s not yet an active mine, but is in the exploration stage. “I guess we commissioned the study to help put...

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