Author: Abbey Collins

Skagway assembly set to discuss White Pass MOU at Tuesday meeting

The Skagway Assembly will gather for a regular meeting Tuesday, with one major item on the agenda: a memorandum of understanding with White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad. This is the third time this month the assembly will meet as a whole to discuss the draft document. It would make way for important port improvements and a new, 15-year, tidelands lease with the railroad. A retreat and special assembly meeting were held earlier this month to review the MOU, changes suggested by the borough attorney, and assembly recommendations. A couple weeks ago, the assembly made some significant changes to...

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Eagle numbers soar near Haines, while visitors to annual festival fall

Eagles flocked to the Chilkat River near Haines and Klukwan in great numbers this year. But the number of human visitors coming to see them was way down. According to American Bald Eagle Foundation Executive Director Cheryl McRoberts, 99 people registered for the weeklong event this year.  She says typically the festival sees over 300 guests. McRoberts attributes some of the decline in visitors to the limited restaurant options in Haines this time of year. The early November gathering happens just after the summer tourism season winds down, and several restaurants have closed for the winter. The festival centers...

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Haines Assembly will meet to comment on proposed Chilkat Peninsula timber sale

The Haines Assembly will address a proposed timber sale at a special meeting Monday. The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres on the Chilkat Peninsula. The area, in Haines’ Mud Bay neighborhood, is home to many residential properties. The assembly is meeting to provide public comment on the sale. The university is accepting feedback until November 22. That’s also the deadline for bids on the sale. A public hearing on potential grant funding for upgrades to the public safety building will also be held Monday. The borough is considering applying for funding through the Community Development Block...

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KHNS News – Nov. 16, 2017 The state Alcohol Control Board moves forward with regulations that could prohibit cocktails at distilleries; Haines Assembly will meet to make public comment on Chilkat Peninsula timber sale; Alaska leaders push the feds on transboundary...

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New musical dives into the history of White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad

White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad has been a prominent fixture in Skagway for more than a century. Today, tourists from around the world come to the small Southeast town to ride the Gold Rush-era train through a mountain pass and into the Yukon. A new musical tells the story of the building of the railroad in the late 1800s, and the man responsible. “Clearly the challenge of putting that railway through these mountains, it stuns everything, I think that goes on that train, to wonder ‘how in the world did they get this done,’” says Matthew Lien. He...

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