Day: April 17, 2017

Biologists close to completing Haines/Skagway mountain goat habitat study

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is getting close to finalizing its study on mountain goat habitat in the Haines and Skagway area. Biologists hope the findings will inform decisions on helicopter skiing and other activities shown to impact mountain goats. Last fall, a Haines committee met several times to review and recommend changes to the borough’s heliski boundaries map. After a lot of work, the committee’s final product was cast aside because of conflict of interest concerns and wildlife studies like this one that are still in the works. “Our study isn’t designed to examine the...

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Haines manager interviews set for next week

If all goes as planned, there will be an offer on the table next week for Haines’ new permanent borough manager. The two finalists are both locals. Brad Ryan is the borough public facilities director who is serving for the second time as interim manager. Debra Schnabel is the Haines Chamber of Commerce Director and a former assembly member. Ryan and Schnabel will go through three interviews early next week: one with members of the public, one with borough staff and one with the assembly. The process starts Monday morning (April 24) with staff meetings at the Sheldon Museum....

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Haines planning commission stands by existing rules on pot businesses

The public will have a chance to weigh in on proposed changes to building height restrictions in Haines, a subject the planning commission has returned to several times in the last few months. But there’s one topic the commission won’t talk about further for now: commercial pot. Last week a Haines resident took an official step toward opening what would be the first local marijuana business. Carol Waldo is seeking to open a cultivation facility on Helms Loop. Beyond state rules, local governments can choose to be more restrictive by imposing additional zoning regulations or taxes. Or, they...

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