Day: October 5, 2017

Dan Henry wins Skagway Assembly seat by 5 votes

Dan Henry has won a Skagway Assembly seat by a razor-thin margin. The race was too close to call after Tuesday’s vote. Henry had received 153 votes. Write-in candidate Philip Clark was just seven votes behind. Another write-in candidate, Roger Griffin, was also close, with 125 votes. The Canvass board tallied 79 early voting, mail-in, and questioned ballots Thursday afternoon. In the final count, Henry eked out a victory by five votes. He received 174 votes to Clark’s 169. Griffin ended up with 149. The other assembly seat was handily won by write-in David Brena. He earned 311 votes...

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KHNS News – Oct. 5, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/05newscast.mp3 Henry wins Skagway Assembly seat by 5 votes; Former Skagway tribal administrator signs guilty plea admitting to embezzlement; E. Coli present in popular Haines drinking water source, but residents continue to fill up....

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E. Coli present in popular Haines drinking water source, but residents continue to fill up

This summer, a popular water source in Haines tested positive for E. coli. The Mud Bay spring is not regulated by the borough and is not regularly tested. But it’s where a lot of people get their drinking water. And some residents are not planning to stop. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/05MudBaywINTRO.mp3 The so-called spring is on Mud Bay Road, just before Letnikof Cove. Two pipes stick out of the hillside, with rocks built up around them. It looks pretty official, but it’s not. I drove out to the spring on a summer afternoon to take a sample of the water. I got...

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Former Skagway tribal administrator signs guilty plea admitting to embezzlement

A former Skagway tribal administrator has signed a guilty plea admitting to embezzlement. Delia Commander used tribal government funds to pay for things like gambling and personal travel. Commander worked as tribal administrator of the Skagway Traditional Council between 2008 and 2014. Her unauthorized purchases were discovered when a new administrator took over. She was indicted by an Anchorage grand jury in May. In the plea agreement signed late last month, Commander admits to one of four embezzlement charges. In return for pleading guilty to embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization, the U.S. Attorney’s office will dismiss three charges of...

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