2014 online editions

Our online editions started with our May 12, 2000 issue. You can link to 2000-20011 issues at the bottom of this page. For a complete print edition or to see stories from issues prior to May 2000, e-mail us: skagnews@aptalaska.net to request the specific issue you want. We have most of our back issues from May 1978 to the present available for purchase at a postpaid cost of $3.50 per issue. Send a check to Skagway News, PO Box 498, Skagway, AK 99840 or call us at 907-983-2354 with a credit card number. Some historical copies of the original Skaguay News (1897-1904) are on microfilm at the Skagway Public Library and at the Alaska Historical Library in Juneau.

September 26, 2014

TOP STORIES - • State sticks with road in revised Juneau Access SEIS; public hearings next month. •Local clinic benefits from federal health grant. • Area study aims to track migration patterns of bats for the first time. • Positive outlook for tourism in 2015, French ship added to roster • BOROUGH DIGEST: Outdoor arts facility project delayed again; SMART up for renewal; Chances of larger caboose on Railroad Dock causes stir. • 2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTION FORUM: Meet the candidates for the October 7 election • SCHOOL REPORT: School becomes a Pearson VUE test center,Teacher evaluation standards, FY2014 Policy updated, New hires • SPORTS & REC FEATURE: SHS runners at regionals Sat., three top 10 finishes in jr. high race in Juneau. • FISH THIS: Pausing for patience. • HEARD ON THE WIND: No Skags here...

September 12, 2014

TOP STORIES - • SATP slammed; residents decry road plans by DOT. • Big bond issue, sales tax increase on ballot. • Photo report: Ship scrapes Broadway Dock catwalk • Senator Murkowski hears about PO, border issues, checks out the school. BOROUGH DIGEST: Tidelands lease goes back to negotiating table; Herbicide ordinance passes, limits set on uses. • KLONDIKE ROAD RELAY: KRR fund for most, grueling for the inaugural ultras. ARTS BEAT: Aerial 'Elements' presentation; SAC annual meeting Sept. 21; October arts events; Piano Sundays at library; From Skagway with love: Smedleys raising funds for trip to Russia next summer. • SPORTS & REC FEATURE: Foote, Cox, Jensen run strong in early X-C races; PHOTO REPORT: Kids Run for Paws & Claws. • NATURE'S NUGGETS: What to do about winter. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Store front and tour beat wind...

August 29, 2014

TOP STORIES - • Five-star school rating for Skagway; Better attendance moves local district into top tier of Alaska schools • Compromise reached on herbicide limits. • Races ahead for assembly, school board candidates. BOROUGH DIGEST: Voters could see bonding prop. on October ballot; Rapuzzi Committee begins work; Tribal wildlife grant support. • STATE ELECTION NEWS: Primary results from Skagway; Tom Williams challenges State Sen. Dennis Egan. SCHOOL REPORT: Sen. Murkowski to visit; Aide sought for pre-school; Coach hired, more needed. ARTS BEAT: African Children's Choir performs; SE State Fair winners; MFB fall grant period opens. • SPORTS & REC FEATURE: Klondike Road Relay, SHS Cross Country previews. • FISH THIS!: A gathering of friends who also fish. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Many tour ramblings... Photo: Assembly gets iced for ALS.

August 15, 2014

TOP STORIES - • Broken rod at switch caused train derailment; WP&YR down 3 days • Second big summer earthquake causes ACS service outage; cable fully repaired within four days • West Creek Hydro MOU approved with more borough control, public vote requirement • AIDEA meeting sets parameters for Gateway Project • Recent deer sightings in area surprise locals, ADF&G. BOROUGH DIGEST: Candidate filing update; Municipality sends letter to ACS about poor service; New fines for alcohol, noise, ATV parking; Assembly approves additional Skagway School funding. • HISTORICAL ARTS FEATURE: Journey of the Tlingits, uniting the kwáans by canoe • SPORTS & REC FEATURE: Yukon River Trail Marathon report. • NATURE'S NUGGETS: Mosquitoes: the necessary nuisance. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Wind on the water....

July 25, 2014

TOP STORIES - • • Car slides into lake after train derails on summit; No serious injuries among 23 taken to clinic. • Assembly delays herbicide ordinance vote till Aug. 21. • Study confirms Haines-Skagway ferry run has highest per mile fare in system; Juneau Access SEIS delayed further. • AIDEA Board to discuss Gateway Project in Skagway. • Engine 52 gets a new home.. BOROUGH DIGEST: P&Z to review conditional use permits; Assembly considers abandoning easement for White Pass; New fines for alcohol consumption, noise, ATV parking. SPORTS & REC FEATURE: Amak Towing takes Skagway Softball crown again. • FISH THIS! by Andrew Cremata: A place in time. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Wind gathering from Skagway to Ketchikan... OBITUARIES: Margaret Brown, Phil Bruehler.

July 11, 2014

TOP STORIES - • • Flooding threat, rockslide on 4th disrupt travel, parade marches on • Municipality buys 15 acres for public works, RV park • Anti-herbicide ordinance on move, railroad suspends spraying • Medevac merger consolidates insurer, carrier • Student produced app helps visitors identify cultural, natural resources in Dyea. • Skagnificent Six finish 7th overall in Yukon River Quest. BOROUGH DIGEST: Gateway project designer picked; Safe water, proper signage; North gateway arch proposed. SPORTS & REC FEATURES: Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby winners all bring in king salmon over 20 pounds. • ARTSBEAT - SE State Fair now accepting entries; new mixing board unveiled at Solstice (photo).• • NATURE NUGGETS by Drew Foulis: Wild native plants of Skagway; SIMMERIN' FOOD by Scott Home:  Bright-eye omelet and diverse Dyea delights. • HEARD ON THE WIND: A Far-sighted from afar... OBITUARY: Timothy "Sonny" Twitchell.

June 25, 2014

TOP STORIES - • Assembly reviews complaints of herbicide use; White Pass pusheds back spray date to late July • Municipality buys 15 acres for public works, RV park • Lack of licensed firework technician for July 3 night • Marathon sees rookies, veterans and rain • Skagway makes appearance at Yukon River Quest. BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly amends fine totals; FY14 budget amendments approved; Trapping ordinance could be back on table in future. SPORTS & REC FEATURES: Dust Ball champs! Kluane-Chilkat: Skagway women's relay team pleasantly surprised with result of bike race. • FISH THIS! by Andrew Cremata: The Birth of a Spot. • HEARD ON THE WIND: A whopper of a story while fishing... OBITUARY: Cody Ellingson.

June 13, 2014

TOP STORIES - • White Pass moves forward with spraying herbicide; health concerns persist about chemicals being used • Trapping rules pass Assembly, but differences remain • West Creek MOU deferred after submission by AP&T • Quake shakes and wakes residents • Local captain injured in Haines rollover. ELECTION NEWS: Mallott returns to Skagway as candiadate. BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly approves budget; Fines to be given for unplanned RR Dock graffiti. ARTS FEATURE: North Words kudos for Winchester, participant-author workshops. • SPORTS & REC FEATURES: Nearly 100 residents walk to support cancer detection, treatment; T-Ball Time (photos). • NATURE'S NUGGETS (new column by Drew Foulis): Skagway's temporary residents. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Pants insecurity and a visiting jokester... OBITUARY: Paul Knapp.

May 23, 2014

TOP STORIES - • Brief daycare closure highlights growing need for services • HDC changes promised after heated appeal • Gatewat Project engineering goes out to bid • Draft tidelands lease gets first review • STATE NEWS: LeConte passes test, ferry service returns (photo). BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly advances trapping ordinance; School budget approved. • SCHOOL REPORT: Outcalt hired as fifth-sixth grade teacher; New dismissal time and preschool schedule. • SPORTS & REC: Outstanding SE meet for SHS track and field team; Goebel, Wassman multiple event winners; relay team off to State (updated results). • FISH THIS! by Andrew Cremata: First Trout; first salmon (photo) • HEARD ON THE WIND: Moments of angst among early visitors.

May 9, 2014

TOP STORIES - • Ferry service to resume Sunday, May 4. • Forester convicted by jury, despite victim's pleas. • Vandal arrested after rampage around Skagway • STATE NEWS: Bridge, harbor funds pass Legislature; Political season's first visitor is U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan.BOROUGH DIGEST: Municipality to further discussion with AP&T on West Creek hydro; AP&T customers testify on rate increase; West Creek plan adopted. • SCHOOL REPORT: Fielding chosen Teacher of Excellence; School hires two teachers, waiting on third; Students enjoy Smithsonian program. • ARTSBEAT: Gordon Tentrees returns May 24; Reality TV casting opportunity. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Newsies for Mayor!

April 25, 2014

TOP STORIES - • New postmaster Franks begins position next week. • Hahn signs big contract, settles in. • Student's voice heard loud and clear: raise SBA. • After trapper primer by ADF&G, committee goes to work on rules. • Haines and Yukon Railway forms after study released. • BOROUGH DIGEST: First reading of FY2015 budget passes; West Creek area plan closer to becoming part of 2020 comp. plan; SMART still not allowed to advertise on buses as part of contract. • ARTSBEAT: PBicycle building workshop and BORFEST; Art Show, Folkfest, Spring Concert photos. • FISH THIS!: First impressions by Andrew Cremata. OBITUARY: Chris Wick.

April 11, 2014

TOP STORIES - • Scott Hahn accepts borough manager job; contract details to be released upon signing, Hahn due to start work on April 21. • Yukon firm looking at port for shipping oil from Eagle Plains • Medevac membership legislation on move • BOROUGH DIGEST: Gateway Project RFP to go out this month; Muni. supports new winter ferry schedule; Assembly eyes 15-acrew parcel for recycling, solid waste facility. SCHOOL REPORT: Coughran signs new 3-year superintendent contract; School submits $2.478 million operating budget; Calendar approved for 2014-15. ARTS FEATURE: Kendall Nordin shows art in Anchorage. • ARTSBEAT: Peter Pan Production Photos; Artists in Residence coming in April; Spring Art Show, Folk Festival next weekend; Artists selected for Chilkoot Trail residency. • SPORTS & REC: Twenty-two students on track team.

March 28, 2014

TOP STORIES - • AP&T files for West Creek FERC permit; Tying up land for three years while muni. decides what to do • Assembly discusses need for a municipal Internet policy; Discussion at assembly table centered around proper use of social media • Last manager interview this week • West Creek area, NPS Dyea plans get their hearings, more input • Fire forces Skagway family out; No cause of fire yet, SFD rules out arson, electrical wiring during initial look. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly looking to purchase 10 acres across the river for public works building; Cost of living increase struck down at table, assembly could look at smaller amount; Trapping ordinance tabled till May, Alaska Fish and Game to give presentation in April. SCHOOL REPORT: High school students discuss what they want to see in Skagway School budget; Leprechaun run results. SPORTS FEATURE: Lots of ‘firsts’ in this year’s Buckwheat Ski Classic; Circus theme brings lots of colorful, crazy costumes. • ARTSBEAT: McGraw/Fer in concert at Elks Friday, April 4; Sixth annual Spring Show of Winter Work now accepting submissions; International Folk Festival moving to Eagles this year; MFB Fund Scholarship application period opens; Student ukes on display at public library. • OPINION:Free speech protection are sacred, even when posted back and forth.

March 14, 2014

TOP STORIES - • Healy still has MOU concerns; AIDEA watching developments closely, eyes post-2023 lease • Cruise ships down a couple thousand passengers for 2014; Overnight stays in Skagway should increase with highway lodge closures • ARCS signal not getting any better. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Lap pool added to rec. center expansion design; Manager selection committee narrows search down to three; Conservation Ad Hoc group inspects buildings. ARTS FEATURE: Two big awards for Team Alaska at Rendezvous; Carving demo at Log Cabin Saturday in preparation for BSC’s circus theme. • ARTSBEAT: Fifth annual North Words Writers Symposium features faculty of top writers; keynote author: Simon Winchester (latest title: The Men Who United the States). • SPORTS & REC.:Great start by Panther teams fizzles in SE 1A tourney semis, consolation round; despite no trip to State, both teams satisfied with winning seasons.

February 28, 2014

TOP STORIES - • MOU details examined: Former borough manager writes letter that forces deeper look into Muni./White Pass MOU terms • Dyea Road expansion project to start after given the OK • Kito starts representative duties; Legislature to tackle Juneau Access funding, education • Changes in works for Dyea with updated NPS area plan • BOROUGH DIGEST: Trapping ordinance postponed again, ADF&G to give trapping presentation; Board of Appeals decision allows historic corner doors to move back to center of building; Power company protests all municipal petitions to intervene in tariff proceedings. SCHOOL REPORT: Two Skagway teachers to leave after this year; School board adopts goals for next year; Science Fair photo report. • ARTSBEAT: WMusic in March-April, play trip on tap. • SPORTS & REC.:Four senior players recognized at last Skagway home game; Ski Club returns next two Saturdays, meet at Rec Center. • OBITUARIES: Peter W. Sparks.

February 14, 2014

TOP STORIES - • Explaining the MOU; Mayor, Henry, Finlayson tell public about agreement; some still want cost/benefit study • Springtime in January before cold comeback • Recent ferry cancellations test patience of residents • Aquabots moving on; third place finish earns robotics team trip to Toronto • BOROUGH DIGEST: Trapping ordinance tabled for edits; Dave Hunz removed from Port Commission ex-officio spot; Board of Appeals denies request to re-plat lots. SCHOOL REPORT: Board discusses goals; Fielding selected AP reader; Hather Wall of Fame nominations welcome. • ARTSBEAT: Winter Film Festival, Poetry Out Loud winner, upcoming events. • SPORTS & REC.: Panthers earn big wins on island; Buckwheat Ski Classic 2014: "Life is a Circus" • OBITUARIES: Robert A. Dahl.

January 24, 2014

TOP STORIES - • Assembly approves MOU with White Pass for new waterfront lease; Port Commission has concerns; ordinance for special election next step in process • AP&T request for 18 percent rate hike suspended • Rep. Beth Kerttula resigns House seat • Skagway student combines love of writing, dogs in magazine story • BOROUGH DIGEST: Manager candidate list whittled to 3-5; Proposed West Creek shooting ordinance nixed; Juneau firm chosen for Rec. Center design work. • SPORTS & REC.: SHS hoops teams begin season with victories • ARTSBEAT: Upcoming classes and events. • OBITUARIES: Candice Wallace, John Poljacik, Jim Hester.