25 Years Ago in The Skagway News

From the July 3, 1978 edition of The Skagway News (Vol. 1, No. 3)

Day boat causes stir with union
A disagreement between Westours Inc. and the longshoremen of Teamsters Local 959 in Skagway over the tie-up right for the Westours day boat in the small boat harbor has reached negotiations in Juneau.
Four longshoremen continue to meet the boat each day to “show up” as the boat is cast off in the morning and tied up in the evening by Westours employees. Occasionally longshoremen will assist in the actual handling of the ropes, but most just stay close and observe.

Canadian youth band highlights festivities
The North Battleford City Kinsman Band will be one of the highlights of this year’s Fourth of July parade which will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The band also will give concerts for the public at 2 p.m. in the vacant lot next to Kirmse’s and at 7 p.m. at Eagles Hall.

Museum cuts hours, raises price to $1
The Trail of ‘98 Museum’s hours have been cut and the price of admission has been raised to one dollar, museum board chairperson Evelyn Meyer informed the City Council on Thursday, June 15. The changes went into effect July 1.
In an effort to cut operating expenses, the council had asked Meyer at the previous meeting on June 1 to either cut hours or cut the number of employees. Two persons had been running the museum each shift, but some council members, particularly finance committee chair Lillian Litzenberger, said one person could take care of the museum.
Meyer and other museum board members interjected in favor of having two persons, saying that one person cannot watch everyone in the museum, especially when it is crowded. They also said one person could not handle an emergency situation and watch the museum at the same time.

Lands issue focuses on AB, West Creek
The future of state lands on AB Mountain and in the West Creek valley near Dyea was debated June 22 at a public hearing conducted by the state at City Hall.
Over 30 citizens attended to discuss ideas with representatives from the Division of Lands of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources about the management of approximately 400,000 acres of land surrounding Haines and Skagway. The lands are presently federally owned, but are to be turned over to the state.
No decision was made about the lands. The meeting was held to find out which lands were of primary concern to citizens and to find out what the consensus is about the management of these lands. The state wanted citizen input and they received a lot from different interested groups.
About 1,100 acres on the long, sloping ridge at the base of AB Mountain was listed as an alternative for future home sites. Three citizens indicated that the site was the only choice available between Skagway and Dyea for home sites. They said the land was not “choice,” for building, but “the only choice we have.”

Our founder, the guy on the right, shows off the pig cooked by Haywire Harry and Austin at The Skagway News 25th anniversary barbecue at Pullen Park on July 3, 2003. Jean Worley made the banner as a gift. DL

The longest day
The summer solstice had its usual night of partying, firecracker explosions and vandalism the evening of June 21.
The sun went down below the peaks around 11:30 p.m., but a glow remained in the western sky and proceeded northeast until sunrise.. At 2 a.m. the moon made a brief appearance over Devil’s Punch Bowl (looking from Dyea Flats).
Several parties were held at Seventh Pasture and at Dyea with frisbee tossing, music , food and chanting.
Police Chief Jim Hester reported one incident of vandalism. At 9 p.m. he took some friends to see the Gold Rush Cemetery and found the top of a crypt halfway removed at the north end of the cemetery. He said a pry-bar was found near the crypt, but he did not know whether the incident occurred that evening.


• March 1978 Special Introductory Edition, Vol. 1, No. 1

• June 15, 1978, Vol. 1, No. 2 Skagway News & Skaguay Alaskan arrvie!