Author: Jillian Rogers

Takshanuk unveils new bioswale project

Each winter, snow is piled up in the Fort Seward parade grounds from nearby roads. Pollutants scooped up with the snow eventually land in the storm drains and then flows into Portage Cove. Last week, Takshanuk Watershed Council unveiled its new plan for alleviating some of that runoff with a new bioswale project. So, first of all, what is a bioswale? “Basically, it’s this depression that has different layers,” says Takshanuk executive director Meredith Pochardt. She led an informal, informational session on Friday morning for about a dozen interested residents. “The bottom layer will be drain rock, and...

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Harbor expansion project nears bid phase

  After years in the making, the plan to expand Haines’ small boat harbor is coming to fruition. The Haines Borough Port and Harbor Advisory Committee reviewed and approved the Portage Cove Harbor expansion draft bid documents at a meeting this week.  The $20-million first phase of the harbor project will go out to bid later this month. The port and harbor meeting on Wednesday was short and sweet. The committee had a few questions about the harbor expansion draft bid documents drawn up by PND Engineering, but chair Norm Hughes said overall, he’s pleased with the preliminary...

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Canadian firewood stalemate leaves Haines residents out in the cold

Dozens of Haines residents who buy firewood from Canadian company Dimok Timber, will have to look elsewhere for their fuel source this winter. The company, located near Haines Junction, has been asked by the Haines Borough to pay sales tax and obtain a business license. But the owners say they shouldn’t have to because all sales are taking place outside the borough, and the country, for that matter. The borough attorney weighed in earlier this month, supporting the borough’s decision. So, with both sides at an impasse, the company says it’s done with the Chilkat Valley. Dimok has been...

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Moose season starts next week with a new twist aimed to help hunters

The moose hunting season starts around Haines in Game Management Unit 1D on Sept. 15. All the same rules and regulations as last year apply this season, but there’s an addition in the mix. The change is aimed to help, not hinder, hunters. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times: 50 inches is 50 inches. That cardinal rule of the moose hunt, plus the spike-fork and three-brow-tine regulations are still in effect. But there is one change to the rules that state biologists say will be helpful. “First, let me say, if it was...

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