Skagway, AK

Margaret Frans Brady Fund arts scholarships announced for 2022

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Community Foundation and the Brady family of Skagway have announced that the Margaret Frans Brady Fund has awarded $10,000 in scholarship funding in 2022. The funding will go to 11 area residents who are pursuing art. “The depth and variety of artistic talent in...
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Skagway’s historical love story doesn’t end so lovely

Editor’s note: A version of this article will appear as the cover story of this year’s Skaguay Alaskan, available mid-May. James Bernard (Ben) Moore first saw his future wife at a potlatch near Haines in March of 1890, in the Native village of Yen-da-Stucka. His recollection of their meeting, found in his diary accounts: “Skagway In Days Primeval,” reads like a romance novel, with details modern day readers will find problematic.
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The future of Skagway’s clinic to be decided by public vote

Skagway is moving ahead with a public vote later this summer to determine whether the nonprofit Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will purchase its community-run medical clinic and property. But confusion remains about the process. During their May 5 meeting, Skagway’s borough assembly voted 5-1 to bring a public referendum...

Skagway receives money for sewer system

As part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, Alaska is expecting over $267 million in federal infrastructure grants. Skagway will get a better sewer system out of it. Currently, Skagway’s primary permit for wastewater allows a certain level of treated discharge into Taiya Inlet. While the system is fine for year-round management of waste, it is pushed to near capacity during heavy tourist days in the city.

Haines apprentice learns Chilkat weaving with CIA’s traditional arts initiative

A year-long Lingít arts initiative through Chilkoot Indian Association pairs mentors with apprentices to develop their craft and strengthen traditional and cultural knowledge. Karen Taug is an artist apprentice in the program, learning Chilkat weaving with teacher Lily Hope to create a child’s Chilkat robe. Karen Taug’s weaving...

Constantine submits updated wastewater management plan for controversial Palmer Project

The company behind a controversial mining prospect near the headwaters of the Chilkat River has a new plan for handling its wastewater. Executives with Constantine Metal Resources and state regulators say the plan would contain any hazardous contaminants, but environmental groups are concerned the risk is too great. KHNS’ Corinne Smith reports.

Newscast – May 13, 2022

The future of Skagway’s clinic will be put to voters later this summer; Haines-based Chilkat weaver Karen Taug is an apprentice with the Chilkoot Indian Association’s year-long traditional arts program.

Packrafters learn safety, swimming techniques at swiftwater rescue course

Twelve packrafters attended a swiftwater rescue course on local rivers this weekend, instructed by paddlers Luc Mehl and Jon Strahl. The group spent a day on the Klehini River at 26 Mile and two days on Chilkoot Lake and the Chilkoot River. They learned swimming techniques, paddle strokes, rope skills and rescue strategies, among other things.

Future of Fort in spotlight after Port Chilkoot Co. change

Infighting within the company that controls much of Fort Seward reached a high point Friday when a majority of board members–who have pushed for improvements to company properties in recent years–were voted off the board. The action raises new questions about the fate of major buildings within the...

Giant thanks from Hospice of Haines

Hospice of Haines has some giant thanks to give to so many people who supported us this last month. -To all those who held rummage sales and who went to the sales with proceeds going to hospice. -To Stephanie Scott for donating her infamous dahlias to Gomie’s plant sale with...

Nationwide teacher shortage hits Haines

Amid a teacher shortage across Alaska and the Lower 48, the Haines Borough School District is struggling to fill vacancies. For two months, the district hasn’t been able to hire a second-grade teacher and for over a month it has been trying to fill a high school science position. Administrators say they’ve never had so few applicants.

Welcoming party scheduled to greet first cruise ship

The Serenade of the Seas will dock at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12—the first large cruise ship to visit town since Sept. 18, 2019. It’s the first large ship to dock in nearly three years, Steven Auch told the assembly at its regular meeting Tuesday. The ship, which will make the most visits to town this summer, also marks the return of Royal Caribbean, a brand that formerly docked in Haines regularly in the early 2000s.

Haines silver carver Greg Horner mentoring with CIA’s traditional arts initiative

A year-long Lingít arts initiative through Chilkoot Indian Association pairs mentors with apprentices to develop their craft and strengthen traditional and cultural knowledge. Greg Horner is a Haines-based engraver and silver carver, and is one of the mentors passing on techniques and skills. In 1974, Greg Horner was introduced...

Tour bus that sideswiped Haines shop was an accident, no passengers or injuries

A Whitehorse-based tour bus driver accidentally sideswiped the corner roof of a Haines’ clothing and gift shop on Main Street Sunday morning. There were no injuries, and the owner says it has happened before on the tricky corner. The accident happened just after 10am Sunday morning when a bus...

Draft budget transfers areawide funds for police calls beyond townsite

The Haines Borough manager’s draft budget for the next fiscal year includes a sizable transfer from the areawide general fund to the townsite service area fund to cover police responses to emergencies outside the townsite. The transfer in the draft budget — $177,223 — is up by about $10,000...

Haines Sheldon Museum Requests Your Support: Haines Borough FY23 Budget

The Board of Directors of the Haines Sheldon Museum is gravely concerned about the Haines Borough’s proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, which has the potential to reduce and impair the museum’s ability to accomplish its mission, as never before. The Mission of the Haines Sheldon Museum:

Let's develop sustainable pool schedule

As both a lifeguard for The Haines Pool, the head swim coach of the Haines Dolphins and an avid swimmer myself, I have a unique understanding of the challenges the borough faces in keeping our pool operational all year long. I would love to help develop a schedule that allows for closures for regular maintenance and cost savings but that also allows our swimmers to compete year-round, that makes our lap swimmers, many of whom rely on the pool as their only form of exercise, to continue to swim as often as possible and the opportunity to keep our kids in the water.

GASC proposes application system for nonprofit funding

The Haines Borough Assembly soon will vote on whether to return to an application process for allocating funds to nonprofits. The assembly used an application system before the pandemic but for the last two years has distributed funding to nonprofits as part of the spring budget cycle and through pandemic relief funds.

Marine cleanup a success

What an amazing three days of marine debris cleanups with incredible crews and weather this past week! We stashed a full super sack of yellow litter bags at Twin Coves and three sacks at Kelgaya-Battery Point! The Taz charter boat and Jake’s gillnetter decks were full of bags from Katzehin, where weather forced us to shuttle off the beach before all the debris could be hauled out. So much styrofoam and plastic everywhere, buoys, bait jars, bottles, buckets, crates, gas cans, tires, drums, rope, PVC, pieces of net and a derelict crab pot, microplastic in all colors of the rainbow from who knows what, tragically, debris from the 2020 landslide disaster, and whaaaa?? a cabbage?

Duly Noted

Nolan Michael Piper was born at 3:52 p.m. on May 2 at Bartlett Regional Hospital to Elsie and Nathan Piper. Elsie’s sister Annie Fullerton was on hand for support but was hospitalized only a few days before the birth for her own appendectomy. Grandparents Alekka and Mike Fullerton made it to Juneau shortly after Nolan’s birth. Elsie said that Nolan has a full head of hair and is “beautiful, healthy and adjusting well.”