Day: September 12, 2017

KHNS News – Sept. 12, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/12Newscast.mp3 Griffin withdraws as Skagway mayoral candidate, files APOC complaint against Henry; NTSB releases preliminary report of investigation into Juneau-area commuter flight accident; Aesthetic improvements to expanded Haines harbor uplands limited by space,...

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Aesthetic improvements to expanded Haines harbor uplands limited by space, money

Planning for the future of a major chunk of Haines’ downtown waterfront is underway. The second phase of the Portage Cove Harbor Expansion includes a drive-down sport fishing ramp and a 4.5-acre parking lot. At a community meeting last week, an engineer told residents that aesthetic improvements to the area are limited by space and money. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/12HarborRampwINTRO.mp3 The sport ramp and its neighboring parking lot will be mostly funded by federal money funneled through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. With that funding come stipulations. The parking lot needs a minimum of 48 trailer spots and 15 car...

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Griffin withdraws as Skagway mayoral candidate, files APOC complaint against Henry

Skagway Assembly candidate Dan Henry now faces two complaints lodged with Alaska’s campaign finance watchdog. The Alaska Public Offices Commission will consider a second citizen complaint against Henry, who is running for office in the Oct. 3 election. Skagway resident Roger Griffin filed the latest complaint. Until recently, Griffin was running as a write-in candidate for mayor. But on Tuesday, he withdrew his candidacy. He said in an email that the campaign was getting too ‘ugly.’ While Griffin is withdrawing from the race, he is also challenging Henry’s suitability for office. He accuses Henry of failing to report required...

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NTSB releases preliminary report of investigation into Juneau-area commuter flight accident

Some new information is available about an August commuter flight accident in the Juneau area. The Haines-based pilot made an emergency water landing and he, along with four passengers, swam safely to shore. An investigation into the accident takes a close look at the aircraft’s fuel sources. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/12SeaplaneswINTRO.mp3 Early in the morning on Aug. 14, an Alaska Seaplanes flight left the Haines Airport and stopped in Skagway to pick up passengers before heading to Juneau. But about three miles from the Juneau Airport, the pilot made an emergency water landing. Haines resident Luck Dunbar was on the plane. He...

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Ferry reform’s next step at Southeast Conference meeting in Haines

By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News An effort to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System takes another step this month. The latest version of a reform plan will be presented at the Southeast Conference’s annual meeting. Members of the regional development organization gather Sept. 19-21 in Haines. Executive Director Robert Venables said the effort has been underway for about two years. “We’re going to be rolling out the major recommendations in a draft, kind of a strategic operations business plan,” he said. Southeast Conference and the state ferry system are examining ways to save money while maintaining service to port communities. Venables said the state’s fiscal crisis...

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