Day: November 1, 2017

KHNS News – Nov. 1, 2017

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/01Newscast.mp3 Skagway Assembly will honor U.S. Army pilot killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan; In Haines, summer tourism gives way to “slow season”; Talking Trash: You bought it. You tossed it. Now rural towns struggle to ship it...

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In Haines, summer tourism gives way to “slow season”

The number of tourists that visit Haines each year is trending upward. But some of the same qualities that bring visitors — and their economic potential — to Haines in the summer, drive them away in the winter. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/1SeasonsEnd.mp3 It’s the time of year when Haines slows down: cruise ships are gone, and local restaurants and businesses are closing their doors. Carolann Wooton is the director of tourism in Haines. She said summer visitors are key to the town’s economy — and their numbers are rising. “The bright spot in our economy in the Southeast is tourism,” Wooton said....

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Skagway Assembly will honor U.S. Army pilot killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan

The Skagway Assembly will begin Thursday’s meeting by honoring a former resident killed while serving the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. In a press release Sunday, the Department of Defense confirmed Chief Warrant Officer Two Jacob Sims died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash. According to a proclamation from the mayor and assembly, Sims grew up in Skagway and graduated from Skagway High School. Earlier this week, Governor Bill Walker ordered United States and Alaska flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of Sims. The assembly will also continue to discuss a Memorandum of Understanding with White Pass and...

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Talking Trash: You bought it. You tossed it. Now rural towns struggle to ship it out

by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk When a household cleaner or a box of batteries is barged to one of Alaska’s remote communities and sold in a store, it’s commerce. But many of those items aren’t destined for a one-way transaction. A lot of hazardous waste shouldn’t be tossed in a landfill: radioactive smoke detectors, flares that can explode, chemicals that can poison you. At great expense, small municipalities are stuck trying to fix the problem: How do you get the potentially dangerous trash back out of town? https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/01HAZARD.mp3 “This is where we put all the waste in containers...

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