Day: September 5, 2017

KHNS News – Sept. 5, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/05Newscast.mp3 Skagway rocked by second landslide in under 2 weeks; Griffin files as write-in candidate for Skagway mayor; Skagway School enrollment expected to remain steady in 2017-2018 school year; Southeast Native organizations are planning for the impacts of climate...

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Griffin files as write-in candidate for Skagway mayor

Skagway now has a contested race for mayor. Roger Griffin filed as a write-in candidate Tuesday. He is running against incumbent Mark Schaefer. Griffin is retired from the U.S. Forest Service and now runs a marine repair business. This is not his first bid for public office. He challenged Schaefer in 2015 and lost. Griffin says his motivation for running is the same as it was a couple years ago: to oppose the tidelands lease with Whitepass and Yukon Route Railroad. “At that time of course there was an up-or-down vote on whether or not the lease itself ought...

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Skagway School enrollment expected to remain steady in 2017-2018 school year

The number of students attending the Skagway School is expected to hover around the same amount as last school year. Superintendent Josh Coughran says the district started the year off with 124 students. That number is expected to drop after seasonal employees leave in the fall. Coughran says the FY18 budget was built on an estimated 105 students, but now he expects to end up with around 110-115. “But I feel really confident we’re going to stay above that hundred level, which is kind of the cliff financially for schools,” says Coughran. Enrollment surpassed 100 students at the Skagway...

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Skagway rocked by second landslide in under 2 weeks

Early Tuesday morning, a rockslide crashed into Skagway’s largest cruise ship dock. It was the second slide event in less than two weeks and caused a pair of cruise ships to divert to other ports. Some Skagway residents are calling on the city and the private company that owns the dock to take action. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/05SlidewINTRO.mp3 Retired fisherman Craig McCormick was sleeping in his charter boat in the Skagway harbor when a sound woke him up at about 3 a.m. Tuesday. “I could hear, kind of feel the slide above the railroad dock coming down,” McCormick said. “And I kind...

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