Day: October 24, 2017

KHNS welcomes reporter Berett Wilber

After three years of bringing us daily news stories about everything from elections to rock slides to loose turkeys, KHNS News Director Emily Files is leaving the station. After spending the holidays with her family in Chicago, she will be heading to Italy to relax and sample all that Europe has to offer. We will miss her dearly and wish her the best in her adventures! With the departure of Emily comes the arrival of our new reporter: Berett Wilber! Berett was born and raised in a fishing family in Sitka, Alaska. After years sporadically hosting pop music shows...

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State Parks looks to improve Haines’ Mt. Riley trail

Hikers may see improvements to a trail that accesses Mt. Riley from Haines’ Battery Point path next summer. Alaska State Parks is seeking a grant to upgrade accessibility and navigation. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/24RileywINTRO.mp3 There two main Mt. Riley trailheads. One is on Mud Bay Road. The other, less popular, access point starts on the Battery Point trail. That’s the side that State Parks wants to improve. “That side is all within state parks lands,” says Haines area park ranger Travis Russell. “Whereas the other side has an array of land ownership issues ranging from the university as well as the state....

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Haines tribe works to purchase vacant dock

A Haines tribe is in the final stages of buying a local dock that has gone unused for years. The Chilkoot Indian Association sees the Portage Cove dock as an economic development opportunity and a chance to keep a piece of land in tribal hands. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/24HainesDockwINTRO.mp3 The dock is about a quarter mile down the road from Haines’ only cruise ship dock. A distinctive red and gray building at the entrance sits empty and the float where a tour boat used to tie up has been removed. The facility has been vacant for at least five years. In 2012,...

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