Day: April 13, 2017

Mosquito Lake meeting opens dialogue on Haines State Trooper vacancy

When the Haines Borough lost its state trooper at the end of last year, the vacancy created a gap in coverage for residents living outside of the townsite. Now, borough staff are asking out-the-road residents how they want to see that hole filled, if at all. More than 30 people attended a community meeting at the Mosquito Lake School, about 25 miles out the Haines Highway. Borough Police Chief Heath Scott addressed the decision to relocate Haines’ only ‘blue shirt’ trooper. “This was a decision by AST. It was unilateral meaning they didn’t reach out to us, they...

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Haines Assembly gives official approval for $55,000 settlement with former manager

On Tuesday, the Haines Borough Assembly officially approved a $55,000 settlement with the former manager they fired in December. Some of the background about why the assembly made that decision came to light this week. Bill Seward had been at the helm of the borough for about six months when the assembly voted 4-2 to terminate his contract with cause. Shortly after, Seward said he was exploring a wrongful termination lawsuit. He also demanded severance pay. Last week, the interim borough manager announced that the municipality would settle with Seward. The borough would pay him $55,000 and in...

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