Author: Emily Files

Haines state trooper post to go vacant due to looming budget cuts

Another ripple effect from state budget cuts hits Haines this month: the Chilkat Valley is losing its only non-wildlife state trooper. The head of Alaska State Troopers says the position will go unfilled until his department knows whether its budget will be reduced again. If it is, the Haines trooper post might close for good. The Haines ‘blue-shirt’ trooper is the main law enforcement officer for areas outside of the townsite. The trooper serves communities up the Haines Highway, including Klukwan, and residents who live out Mud Bay and Lutak roads. Starting Dec. 15, those areas will see...

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KHNS News – Dec. 8, 2016 Chilkat Valley moose count hits 10-year high; Haines Assembly to consider harbor and heliski matters, conduct manager evaluation; Santa Train rolls through Skagway this...

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Haines Assembly to consider heliski and harbor matters, conduct manager evaluation

The Haines Borough Assembly is in for a busy meeting next week. The last regular meeting was cancelled because of winter weather, so many of the items on that agenda were pushed to Dec. 13. They include two resident appeals related to the heliski map committee. Eric Holle and Dana Hallett both allege conflict of interest violations. Also on the agenda is Borough Manager Bill Seward’s recommendation on which areas should be approved for heliskiing. Seward appears to have weighed the map committee’s advice heavily. He recommends 10 areas for approval that the committee unanimously agreed on. He recommends...

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Chilkat Valley moose count sees highest numbers in 10 years

In an aerial survey of the Chilkat Valley this week, biologists counted 221 moose. That’s the highest number seen in the area in the last 10 years. The strong numbers are reassuring, but don’t necessarily indicate a dramatic spike in the population. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Carl Koch flew from Juneau to Haines Tuesday morning. Then, he boarded a Super Cub plane and started the annual count of Chilkat Valley moose. “We fly at about 500-foot elevation and it’s a Super Cub so we can go nice and slow,” Koch said. “We start in the lower...

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KHNS News – Dec. 7, 2016 Two plead guilty to violations during Haines moose hunt; Diesel equipment failure sparks Haines and Skagway power outage; Thinking about Haines’ future: Borough reviews Comprehensive Plan; Haines School gets into holiday...

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