Day: April 10, 2017

KHNS News – April 10, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/10Newscast.mp3 Haines recall attempt highlights ‘gray area’ in Alaska open meetings rules; Proposed ferry/tourist shuttle on Haines Assembly agenda; Council member warns of Senate cuts to Alaska Pioneers Homes; Wrangell Assembly enters negotiations with potential new...

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Haines recall attempt highlights ‘gray area’ in Alaska open meetings rules

An attempt to recall half of the members on the Haines Borough Assembly is underway. It’s still uncertain whether the effort will go to a public vote. But one of the misconduct allegations brings up a ‘gray area’ in Alaska law about whether private conversations between assembly members can violate open meetings rules. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/10RecallwINTRO.mp3 Don Turner Jr. is the main sponsor on three recall applications filed last week. Turner did not want to be recorded for this story. But he provided KHNS copies of the emails he references in his case against Assembly members Tresham Gregg, Tom Morphet and...

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Proposed ferry/tourist shuttle on Haines Assembly agenda

There may be a shuttle offering rides to and from the Haines ferry terminal this summer. Jonathan Richardson has applied for a commercial tour permit that includes rides to popular trailheads and the ferry terminal. Most of Richardson’s business would come from dropping off and picking up tourists at Battery Point, Mount Ripinsky, and the Chilkat River Beaches. But he says he also plans to make room in his shuttle schedule for ferry trips. Richardson also plans to use a second van for guided tour hikes in Chilkat State Park. The tour permit is up for assembly approval this...

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Lack of bathroom raises concerns at Mosquito Lake recreation site

With the summer months approaching, campers will soon be making their way to Haines. At the same time, residents are drawing attention to the lack of bathrooms at a Mosquito Lake campground. Community members say the issue has led to human waste along the river, and an open hole where state-maintained pit toilets once stood. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/10MosquitoLakewINTRO.mp3 “I came down here because I knew there were no outhouse buildings here anymore. So I kind of poked around up here,” says Greg Rasmussen. He lives off of Mosquito Lake Road. He walks through melting snow to the state recreation site. “So see,...

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