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The unique international agreement behind the Log Cabin Ski Trails
The 33rd annual Buckwheat International Ski Classic is next month. You may know the Log Cabin Ski trails where the event is held, but did you know those trails are maintained as part of an international partnership? Skagway’s Log Cabin Ski Society and the BC Ministry of Forests work together to main
Skagway lends financial support to Juneau’s passenger fee appeal
Last year, a federal judge ruled that the City and Borough of Juneau can only spend municipal cruise ship passenger funds on projects that directly support cruise ships. Now the Municipality of Skagway is lending financial support to Juneau for its appeal of the decision.
Skagway Prickles get ready for First Lego League tournament in May
Skagway’s Lego League team came in 2nd in State Championships this year. They’re headed to Legoland in San Diego this May to compete against other teams from across the nation. These students aren’t just building lego robots—they’re building competency in STEM subjects, strong community values, and
March special election candidate preview
With the passing of Mayor Monica Carlson, Skagway is scheduled to have a special election on March 19. Two candidates, Andrew Cremata and Dave Hunz, filed with the borough and are slated to be on the ballot.
Alaska Military Youth Academy to graduate 156 cadets
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – The Alaska Military Youth Academy will celebrate the 51st class of students and more than 25 years of service to the State of Alaska as Class 2019-1 graduates 156 cadets from its ChalleNGe program on Friday, February 22nd.
Former legislator Sam Kito III declines Skagway borough manager job offer
Former state legislator Sam Kito III declined the Municipality of Skagway’s borough manager job offer last week. The municipality offered the position to Kito on February 8. Over the following week, borough staff answered his questions about municipal health insurance, benefits, and more. On Friday,
Skagway Elks Lodge is shining a light on mental health
Skagway winters are notoriously dark and seasonal depression is common. But the local Elks Lodge is working to brighten up the mental health outlook in town. Claire Stremple reports.
Students reflect on Elizabeth Peratrovich's legacy
Haines students from kindergarten to 12th grade described Tlingit civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich as "important," "awesome" and "the female version of Martin Luther King Jr."
Amazon charges Alaskans sales tax
Residents in Alaska are starting to see sales tax on their Amazon.com purchases, something commonplace in the rest of the United States, but newly implemented here. Reports through Skagway confirmed that Amazon has started charging a three percent sales tax on certain items sold through the online r
Kiehl: Governor used 'meat ax' approach
State Sen. Jesse Kiehl’s visit to Haines was dominated by questions about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget that aims to reduce more than $1 billion in state spending by significantly cutting the Alaska Marine Highway System, education and municipal revenue-sharing programs.
Community foundation surpasses $185,000 goal
The Chilkat Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) reached its $185,000 fundraising goal this month, an amount that will be doubled thanks to the Alaska Community Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation match program. The CVCF reached its goal in two years, half the time provided to raise the funds, the firs
Support our town, support a police dog
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Skagway newspaper to change ownership
Larry Persily is buying the Skagway News from current owner Chris Sorg. According to the paper, Sorg is leaving the paper to take care of health issues. This won’t be the first time Persily has run a newspaper in Southeast Alaska. He and his late wife moved to the state from Chicago when they bought
Longtime Alaska journalist buys Skagway News
Larry Persily, who has owned weekly newspapers in Juneau and Wrangell and has almost 25 years of experience in Alaska journalism, is buying The Skagway News from Chris Sorg. The sale will take effect April 1.
Skagway Assembly rejects appraisal that would raise rent for WP&YR
The Skagway Borough Assembly rejected an appraisal of its waterfront that would have substantially increased the rent that White Pass and Yukon Railroad Route pays to the municipality.
Who's in charge of Haines?
We live in an age of catastrophic corporate control that threatens our democracy. Large corporations buy elections, lobby politicians, evade taxes, manipulate schools, and deceive the public to serve shareholder profit and greed. They sell us a win-win, but the only winners are elites at the top of
Putting Formline tradition into practice
Skagway children and adults alike got to experience some of the unique culture of native Alaska firsthand. The Skagway Traditional Council invited Abel Ryan to town to teach students how to create their very own Tlingit drum with a North Coast indigenous Formline design.
Haines School superintendent responds to governor’s proposed cuts to education
Last week, Governor Mike Dunleavy released a proposed state budget for 2020. His plan included a reduction in state spending on education among other budget cuts. The proposed budget calls for a more than 300 million dollar cut to education. Most of that can be attributed to a 23 percent reduction i
Pakistani intern compares Haines and home, past and present
Using gloved hands, Hina Zaidi braces each side of a brittle newspaper's pages as she turns them. On the second page of the yellowed paper, above an announcement declaring the discovery of the North Pole, she reads a headline that surprises her: "Indian Wife Beater Given Stiff Sentence."
Senator Jesse Kiehl discusses state budget at town hall meeting in Haines
State Senator Jesse Kiehl visited the Upper Lynn Canal over the weekend to speak with constituents in Haines and Skagway about issues facing the region. On Friday, Kiehl spoke with Haines residents at a town hall-style meeting. The majority of the discussion centered around Governor Mike Dunleavy’s