Author: Emily Files

KHNS News – Oct. 27, 2017 Haines Assembly resists rebranding public safety commission in response to drug crisis; Future of empty lot in downtown Haines to be revisited; Eagles flock to Haines in abundant numbers as festival...

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Haines Assembly resists rebranding public safety commission in response to drug crisis

A Haines committee tasked with public safety oversight wants to broaden its duties to address the opioid crisis. But some assembly members see the proposed changes as too reactionary. Earlier this year, the public safety commission held a discussion on drug addiction and its local impacts. A few months later, Police Chief Heath Scott recommended the group make some changes to its mission and makeup, cultivating a focus on public health. His reasoning is that policing today has a lot to do with drug abuse. Scott recommended the public safety commission change its name to include public health....

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Klukwan Library receives recognition for subsistence foods film series

The Klukwan Library recently received an award for a project that documents and preserves Chilkat Tlingit culture. The project culminated in a video series that records traditional food gathering and preparation. In 2014, Klukwan Library co-director Jamie Katzeek became a filmmaker. “It was a subsistence film series on traditional food sources of the Chilkat Tlingit people,” Katzeek said. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and guidance from a couple mentors, Katzeek used a Sony Handycam to document traditional food-gathering practices. One shows Fred Strong checking his subsistence net for sockeye salmon. “Fresh sockeye,” he...

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Haines snowmachine tour application goes to special meeting

The Haines Assembly scheduled a special meeting to discuss a new winter tour permit that drew opposition from some residents. Alaska Mountain Guides is seeking approval to run snowmachine and backcountry ski tours in several Upper Valley locations. After hearing from a few residents, AMG owner Sean Gaffney said he would remove the Jarvis Glacier area from the permit application. He said he doesn’t want to affect other user groups. “The areas that we included in the permit application were such that they would allow us to stay away from other user groups,” Gaffney said. “There’s enough different areas...

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Local committee debates Chilkat River subsistence fishing restrictions

Two proposals on their way to the Alaska Board of Fish were up for discussion at a local meeting last week. The proposals are aimed at protecting Chilkat king salmon. Adult kings are returning to the Chilkat River in alarmingly low numbers. Chinook returns are an issue throughout Southeast. The Upper Lynn Canal Fish and Game Advisory Committee deliberated whether to support two Chilkat-specific regulation ideas. One would shut down subsistence fishing in the Chilkat Inlet and river during much of the summer. Inlet fishing would be closed through July 15 and river fishing from July 15 to Aug....

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