Author: Emily Files

Skagway committees to work out details for senior center, port consultant next steps

The Skagway Borough Assembly last week talked about how to proceed with a senior center project, port consultant proposal, and purchase of scenic Long Bay property. Earlier this month, voters narrowly approved borough funding for the senior center and housing facility in the form of a $6 million bond. The next step is to send out a request for engineering proposals. The assembly civic affairs committee and the senior center ad hoc committee will discuss the specifics of the request before sending it out. There is currently $375,000 budgeted for engineering work on the project. The port consultant matter...

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Former Skagway Assemblyman claims he misunderstood public office disclosure forms

Alaska’s campaign finance watchdog group held a hearing Tuesday morning on a complaint against former Skagway Assemblyman Dan Henry. The complaint against Henry involves incomplete public office financial disclosure forms. During the hearing, Henry said he misunderstood what information is required on those filings. Candidates for elected office and public officials in Alaska are required to file financial disclosure statements with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The statements ask candidates to describe their income for the previous year. Henry is the owner of the Skagway Fish Company restaurant. On the income filings in question, from 2010 to 2013, he...

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KHNS News – Oct. 24, 2016 Goat hunters airlifted off Porcupine Peak; Haines Chamber of Commerce clarifies role of nonprofits; Heliski map committee, planning ordinances on Haines Assembly agenda; Southeast Watershed Coalition works to build local...

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Haines Chamber of Commerce votes to clarify role of nonprofits

In Haines, there’s been an ongoing debate about what role nonprofits should have in the local chamber of commerce. On Friday, that question was finally answered. Starting next month, nonprofits can continue to be voting members, but they can’t serve on the Chamber board. Friday’s vote on updated Chamber bylaws went differently than one back in August. At that initial vote, the amended bylaws were rejected 14 to eight. They may have been rejected because of the most contentious part of the bylaws – a section clarifying who can join the Chamber and who can serve on the...

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Heliski map committee, planning ordinances on Haines Assembly agenda

Tuesday’s Haines Borough Assembly meeting will be the first for newly-elected members Heather Lende and Tom Morphet. Municipal election results are set to be certified at the beginning of the meeting. Then, Lende and Morphet will take the seats of outgoing members George Campbell and Diana Lapham. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, an ordinance amending code around heliski map committees will be introduced. Borough Manager Bill Seward proposed the changes to clarify who can serve on the committee. The ordinance will go through two public hearings before being adopted or rejected by the assembly. The assembly will also consider a...

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