Author: Abbey Collins

Chilkoot Trail closed due to flood warnings on Taiya River

Skagway’s Chilkoot Trail is closed because of a flood warning on the Taiya River. The trail is part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. It starts in Dyea  and a significant portion of the trail runs along the Taiya River. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the area extending into early Saturday morning. Ben Hayes is chief of interpretation for the park. He says the trail will be closed until at least Friday morning when the river’s water levels are reassessed. According to the weather service, 1 to 1.5 inches of rain fell overnight...

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Haines School Board vetoes Fifth Avenue extension

The Haines School Board is not interested in extending Fifth Avenue to provide another access point from Main Street to the school parking lot. It comes down to safety. The idea came up at a major maintenance meeting earlier this summer. Public facilities director Brad Ryan explained the reasoning at a school board meeting in August. “We think opening up Fifth Avenue would help traffic flow and maybe even help some of the safety issues with people not obeying the one-way sign behind the school,” said Ryan. At a recent assembly meeting, borough manager Debra Schnabel said the...

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Skagway School comes out on top in statewide testing, Haines is second

Students at the Skagway and Haines Schools performed better than any other district in Alaska on a new state standardized test administered last school year. For the second time in a couple years, the Skagway School had the best test scores in the state. Josh Coughran is Superintendent of the Skagway School District. “It verifies and validates everything that we do on a daily basis with our students,” says Coughran. “The teachers in the building deserve a ton of credit for this recognition. We can’t do it without the really supportive community and also the incredibly generous support...

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KHNS News – Sept. 5, 2017 Skagway rocked by second landslide in under 2 weeks; Griffin files as write-in candidate for Skagway mayor; Skagway School enrollment expected to remain steady in 2017-2018 school year; Southeast Native organizations are planning for the impacts of climate...

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Skagway School enrollment expected to remain steady in 2017-2018 school year

The number of students attending the Skagway School is expected to hover around the same amount as last school year. Superintendent Josh Coughran says the district started the year off with 124 students. That number is expected to drop after seasonal employees leave in the fall. Coughran says the FY18 budget was built on an estimated 105 students, but now he expects to end up with around 110-115. “But I feel really confident we’re going to stay above that hundred level, which is kind of the cliff financially for schools,” says Coughran. Enrollment surpassed 100 students at the Skagway...

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