Day: July 6, 2017

KHNS News – July 6, 2017 Haines superintendent resigns after one year; Man injured in Haines fireworks accident is in ‘satisfactory’ condition; Haines negotiating to buy Gustavus float for temporary moorage; Summer king trolling closes...

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Man injured in Haines fireworks-related accident in ‘satisfactory’ condition

The victim of a fireworks-related accident in Haines earlier this week is in ‘satisfactory’ condition. A spokesperson at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle says Kris Rath’s condition has improved and he is being transferred out of the intensive care unit. Rath was medevaced out of Haines by the U.S. Coast Guard early Tuesday morning after sustaining significant injuries to his face and legs. The injuries were the result of an explosion that occurred after witnesses say fireworks were used to create a homemade “sparkler bomb.” Rath’s personal Facebook page says he works as a river raft and kayak guide...

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Haines School Board accepts superintendent’s resignation after one year on the job

The Haines School Board is in the same place it was around this time last year, looking for a new superintendent. The board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Superintendent Tony Habra at a noon meeting Thursday. Board members Lisa Schwartz and Inez Gross left the meeting by the time of the vote. The decision happened after the board met for about an hour in executive session. The meeting marked the fourth time the group has met behind closed doors to discuss Habra’s yearly evaluation and contract. Habra has been on the job about a year. He...

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Haines negotiating to buy Gustavus float for temporary moorage

The Haines Borough is negotiating with the town of Gustavus to buy a surplus float. It would be used temporarily for moorage at the small boat harbor. Eventually, the borough would utilize it as a breakwater in Letnikof Cove. Harbormaster Shawn Bell says the float would provide expanded moorage capacity in the small boat harbor. The harbor is being deepened right now to allow for more floats. But those floats aren’t due to be installed until years down the line. “It’s just something to fill in a portion of the basin so we can get moorage,” Bell said. “It’s...

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Haines manager develops policy to avoid conflicts of interest in land use decisions

Haines’ new borough manager is related to a construction company chief and major landowner. How Debra Schnabel should handle land use and contracting decisions related to her brother, Roger, has been a question since she was hired about a month ago. Last week, Schnabel presented a policy that addresses the land use issue. It was approved by the borough assembly. Usually, the manager works with residents seeking land use and development permits. For example, interim manager Brad Ryan drew up a list of recommended restrictions when Roger Schnabel applied for a resource extraction conditional use permit earlier this year....

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