Author: Berett Wilber

Haines fire chief resigns after DUI arrest

On February 10, Haines police arrested Fire Chief Brian Clay for driving under the influence. A few days later, on February 13, Haines Borough Manager Debra Schnabel announced publicly at an assembly meeting that Clay had resigned from his position as chief. “Chief Clay, the fire chief has resigned from his position,” she said. “Assistant Chief, Al Giddings, has moved into his position.” Giddings would also not comment on Clay’s reasons for resigning. “Due to a voluntary resignation by the fire chief, and a request for a leave of absence, the Assistant Chief will fill the position until the...

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Skagway Assembly questions state plan to modify ferry float

Skagway is wondering why they’re getting a fifth of the funding that Haines is to prepare their ferry docks for the new Alaska Class ferries. They’re worried they won’t be able to use the vessels as designed because the state isn’t giving them enough money to upgrade their dock. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/16FERRYFUNDS.mp3 The Skagway Assembly takes issue with the level of funding the state is providing them to refurbish their ferry dock.  “I just find this a crazy plan the state has dreamed up here,” Assembly member Orion Hanson says. With a price tag topping $100 million, two new ferries are supposed to...

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Cold soil and hot compost: Southeast prepares for spring at Garden Conference

Gardeners from all over the region gathered in Haines this week for the Southeast Alaska Garden Conference. From those with only a season under their belts to those who have weathered decades of Southeast’s tough growing conditions, the weekend was an opportunity to swap ideas, get compost tips, and commiserate about slugs. https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/19GARDCONF.mp3 During the heart of February in Southeast Alaska, the idea of growing anything — let alone tomatoes, cantaloupes, or corn — could be dismissed as escapism. But for more than 120 people from Whitehorse to Ketchikan who gathered for the Southeast Alaska Garden Conference in Haines,...

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KHNS News – Feb. 16, 2018

https://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/16Newscast.mp3 Haines bids goodbye to a borough clerk of 15 years; Search for a school superintendent is down to one; and Skagway Assembly struggles with ferry dock...

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