Day: August 30, 2017

KHNS News – Aug. 30, 2017 Haines man one of three indicted on illegal big game hunting charges; Haines Upper Valley residents voice opposition to expanded police service; State budget cuts put rural court magistrate positions in...

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Haines Upper Valley residents turn out to oppose police service area expansion

Would there be consequences if the Haines Borough Police Department stopped responding to calls outside the townsite? According to several residents, not much would change. But, following the loss of an Alaska State Trooper position earlier this year, assembly members are still struggling to figure out what level of service to provide. “I’m not in favor of expanding the services out there,” said Mosquito Lake resident Dana Hallett. “Primarily, because I don’t understand how my life out there would be enhanced through that.” Hallett was one of several community members who spoke out against police service expansion at...

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Haines man one of three indicted on illegal big game hunting charges

A Haines man was indicted by a federal grand jury this week on charges of conspiring to provide illegal hunts for Dall sheep in a national park. Dale Lackner was indicted along with two men from the Lower 48, Jeffrey Harris of Washington and Casey Richardson of Montana. The three are accused of carrying out illegal hunts in Wrangell-St.Elias National Park and Preserve in 2014 and 2015. Richardson and Harris are charged with illegally hunting. Lackner was a registered guide at the time. He is accused of conspiring with one of the other men to conduct an illegal hunt....

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State budget cuts put rural court magistrate positions in limbo

Rural towns in Alaska are adjusting to a court system hampered by state budget cuts. In the past couple years, as magistrate judges in small Southeast communities retire, the court system has held off on filling some of the positions. Court representatives visited Skagway, Haines and Hoonah recently. Staffing for the courts in all three communities is in flux. On a recent Tuesday, Judge Linn Asper presided over routine hearings for 13 cases in the Haines court, mostly DUI and assault cases. About half of the defendants live in Haines, the other half are from Skagway. But Judge...

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