2010 online editions

Our online editions started with our May 12, 2000 issue. You can link to 2000-2009 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 $2.00 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.

December 22, 2010

TOP STORIES - Governor's budget includes $10 million for improvements to Skagway Ore Dock • PBellekeno begins shipping through Skagway • Borough sends back first tidelands lease proposal from WP&YR • 'Light' quake rattles Skagway • Duff and Karla Ray named Helen B. Clark Award winners; SCHOOL FEATURE: Robotics team wins Juneau Jamboree; BOROUGH: Smoking ban update; lobbyist salary increased; SPORTS & REC: Volleyball team nearly knocks off champs; Alumni games open hoop season; Registration open for 2011 Yukon River Quest.

December 10, 2010

TOP STORIES - Assembly attempts to kick-start tidelands lease negotiations;White Pass given until March 1 to engage in lease talks, make 'substantial progress' • Bellekeno begins shipping through Skagway • The smoking ban debate is on (two stories): After public testimony, ordinance tabled again for HEW rewrite; Smoke and mirrors - opinions waft from Station bar and clubs • Library to apply for expansion grant; BOROUGH: Appeal set for dog sled, bear tour facility; Amended standby pay resolution passes; SCHOOL: O'Daniel named business services director; New reading assessment test approved; New 'Wall of Fame' named for Don Hather; SPORTS & REC: Volleyball team on to State; DDF Showcase.

November 24, 2010

TOP STORIES - DEC study warns about hydrocarbons in harbor sediments; • P&Z approves Murphy's latest application for tour attraction; new appeal pending • AIDEA objects to wharfage hike at ore dock; White Pass not commenting, settlement may be pending • Commercial vacancies increase; still no lease for Pantheon • Unemployment tops 20 percent in October; KGRNHP Feature: Treasure trove of lichens discovered; species named in honor of Meg Hahr; Interim superintendent arrives; BOROUGH - Picketts make plans for RV park; solution sought for stand-by pay; SPORTS & REC: Panthers play Klawock close, take second.

November 12, 2010

TOP STORIES - Ordinance introduced to ban smoking in public areas; proposal tabled for HEW review, public input • Thomas wins big in Skagway, District 5; other races much tighter here • Skagway Public Library needs support to expand • Bears still testing town • Metal debris removed from river under TIWC grant; KGRNHP Feature: Grant funds new native plants garden; kids help design it; BOROUGH - New school budget dates adopted by assembly; Sales tax holiday; SPORTS & REC: 'No wax, no love' ski clinics prepare for easy movement on snow; Intramural hoops.

October 29, 2010

TOP STORIES - One bear down, one to go? • New animal tour stopped by assembly • No TIGER again: Alaska snubbed in latest round • Big Denali award for Donahue • Princess to return ship to Alaska in 2010; GENERAL ELECTION FORUM: Candidates for House District 5 and other races; BOROUGH - 'Big Dippers' up and running; White Pass seat on Port Commission withdrawn; Support for expanded ore terminal; SCHOOL: Business manager resigns; New motto added to board goals; SPORTS & REC: Volleyball opens season; Board rejects late start for wrestlers; OBITUARIES: Charlie Burnham, Sandra Knapp, Frank Wiggins.

October 8, 2010

TOP STORIES - Bear 'zoo' currently can't get state permit • Reichert, Korsmo post big leads in assembly race • Cruise stats show drop of 83,403 passengers • School searches for answers on how to get better; SN INTERVIEW: Eugene Hretzay, president of WP&YR; SPORTS & REC: Surdyk charges to region win, alumni, friends show up at state to support SHS cross country runners; BOROUGH - Seniors set to stake out 'Big Dippers'; SCHOOL: More part-time students allowed; limits increasing for certain purchases;HEARD ON THE WIND: End of season grumblers, let the dancing begin... Season swithchover in Skagway photos.

September 24, 2010

TOP STORIES - 'Bear bungalow' approved by P&Z, then draws appeals • Pitching the port: Borough requests $10 million from state, plans presentation to 'dovetail' White Pass push for extended rail line to Carmacks; Cruise West owner "heartbroken" as decision made to cease operations; NPS finds old S&W pistol in YMCA wall; Municipal Election Forum; ADVENTURE RACE EATURE: Rainy night on the Klondike Road Relay; BOROUGH - Murphy pitches second slough crossing; Upper Lake trail bids rejected; SPORTS & REC: Kaitlyn Surdyk dominates races in Yakutat, Juneau; Box of Rocks and Chilkoot Cyclocross results; FISH THIS!: Milestones; HEARD ON THE WIND: Wind blows naturally...

September 10, 2010

TOP STORIES - State delays Taiya River bridge project till spring • Cruise West line sold? Details forthcoming on buyer and whether small ships will continue to call on Skagway; Boudreau leaving Skagway park to become Glacier Bay superintendent; Photo- African Children's Choir performs to hugw audiences; GARDEN CITY FEATURE: Commmunity Garden enjoys productive summer; Farmer's Market a huge success, more planned next year; BOROUGH - Settlement offer forwarded to wave barrier contractor; Port update - Stewart still in picture for Selwyn; ARCS options explored; Photo - Early visit by Radiance, donation to families of slain Hoonah policemen; SCHOOL- School opens with 91 students; Report card released, handbook reviewed; School Improvement Night scheduled; SPORTS & REC: Relay off and running; Cross country team hits trails of Yakutat in first meet; Coming up - Chilkoot Challenge Cyclocross and Box of Rocks; OBITUARIES: Tribute to 'Uncle Ted', Tom Tunley, Heather Hosford service and memorial fund; HEARD ON THE WIND: Stumbling and bumbling...

August 27, 2010

TOP STORIES - Selwyn Mine gains $100 million partner; Skagway shipping options on forefront of planning • Borough renews estoppel certificates with WP&YR; Provision allows negotiations to proceed on tidelands lease • Slight increase in cruise passengers expected in 2011 • Juneau Access appeal heard by Ninth Circuit • Three months on the BP spill; Skagway man returns after summer cleaning beaches; How Skagway voted in the Primary Election; SPECIAL FEATURE: Father and son on the Chilkoot - trail power to the 10th (part 2); BOROUGH - Korsmo joins assembly race; Dyea zip line permit approved, wildlife viewing delayed; ARCS Channel 13 may go away; STIP list approved; West Creek cutting waits for flight; SHARP flag awarded; FISH THIS! Catching up to summer; OBITUARY: Joan Lane; HEARD ON THE WIND: The wind blows both ways...

August 13, 2010

TOP STORIES - Revised school budget allows part-time hires for music, library; pre-school program fund-raising nearing goal • New postmaster now in Skagway; USPS now looking to hire two more locally • Tiger II application to be submitted Aug. 23; $13.5 million request for Ore Dock renovations • Gov. Parnell visits Skagway, residents thank him for lowering cruise tax; SPECIAL FEATURE: Father and son on the Chilkoot - trail power to the 10th (part 1); TOURISM FEATURE: Traveling family of tour guides; SPORTS & REC.: Skagway softball season finale; B&S Plumbing wins second straight SCL title; BOROUGH - Incumbents file for reelection; Municipality amends SMART contract; Assembly reviews goals; West Creek hydro feasibility study approved; Weidner asks out of RV Park lease.; OBITUARIES: Luke Whitehead, Lee Richards; HEARD ON THE WIND: On the lookout for chain stores, polar bears, cold in Alaska, and more...

July 23, 2010

TOP STORIES - Amended Skagway School budget enacted; cap funding plus $250,000 • More compensation asked for wave barrier • Marj Harris retires after 13 years with municipality • Flower and Garden Show cancelled in wake of surrendering of Order of Eastern Star charter • AIDEA wants extended shed roof, not a new ship loader; HISTORICAL FEATURE: Restoration begins on Alaska's first YMCA building, Jeff. Smith's Parlor; SPORTS & REC.: WHS/SKY Cup comes back to Skagway; Diving catch ends Chico's A dreams at Dustball; BOROUGH - SMART contract amendments, Senior meeting; OPINION: Lessons learned from school funding outcome; OBITUARIES: Jim Filip, Heather Hosford; info on Luke Whitehead service/reception in Skagway on Aug. 7; FISH THIS!: Fishing the structure; Pat Moore Derby results; HEARD ON THE WIND: No skags here...

July 9, 2010

TOP STORIES - Budget amendment ordinance to fund school to cap passes first reading • AIDEA, Yukon join port discussion • James Mark Rowan: A hero gets his tribute • Rasmuson Health Center opens with fanfare, blessing after years of planning; PHOTO FEATURE - Fourth of July 2010; SPORTS & REC. FEATURE: Skagway's Severin Nelsen scratches late in Yukon River Quest; BOROUGH - Emily Deach gets clerk job after all; Municipality seeks new state grant for small boat harbor improvements.; HEARD ON THE WIND - Dollars and sense...

June 25, 2010

TOP STORIES - More than 300 sign petition for school funding to the cap; Assembly schedules special meeting, school passes reduced budget for now • Auction a dud: No bidders for Dyea Point lots; Railroad, borough sign MOU to boost port • Rasmuson Health Center open house, dedication Sat.; FEATURE - Reality TV show re-creates Klondike Gold Rush; PHOTO FEATURE - Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay; SPORTS & REC.: Solo Skagway paddler in 2010 YRQ; Rocky start for authentic canoeist; BOROUGH - Assembly chooses Blaine for clerk; New Dyea Flats plan approved with changes; Public disclosure vote off October ballot; FISH THIS!: Triple Trouble; HEARD ON THE WIND - AK ain't Arkansas, y'all ...

June 11, 2010

TOP STORIES - No-shooting boundary line moved to Boulder; Embedded on a ship: Cremata takes first cruise to Alaska; Borough budget passes on 4-2 vote; school cuts retained despite objections; Writers praise Skagway for working magic on first North Words Symposium; Catskinner Coronation: Paul Cyr inducted into Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame; SPORTS & REC. FEATURE: Fran Delisle Walk-a-thon raises $10,500 - plus BOROUGH- State recognizes municipality for safety; Change in Small Boat Harbor fees; SCHOOL - Count waiver denied by DOE; Two-year contract for Thielbar; EDITORIAL: The 'dumbing down' of Skagway; HEARD ON THE WIND -Idiots bear witness to wind....

May 28, 2010

TOP STORIES - Assembly overrides mayor's veto of school cut; Firearms ordinance tabled for possible boundary revisions; Borough budget increases, mill rate lowered; sales tax spending trimmed, port marketing boosted; M. Wilson caps career with two state track titles; Q. Weber, A. Jensen SE champs; Skagway Rec. opens new skate park - plus BOROUGH- Dyea Flats plan passes first reading; Sprinkler requirements extended 3 years.; SCHOOL - Thielbar accepts 98K contract offer, McCormick goes on paid leave; Wilson named Student of the Year, tributes for Coughran, state hoop champs at annual awards ceremony; HEARD ON THE WIND -Searching for the Juan Valdez... FISH THIS! - Cremata goes on Fishing Time; First king of season.

May 14, 2010

TOP STORIES - Borough cuts municipal contribution to school operations by $151,780; Dr. Jefferie Thielbar selected new superintendent; High metal count for Pullen Creek; News selected co-winner of Alaska journalism's Public Service Award; Nearly $11 million could be coming to Skagway from latest session; More ship movements for 2011-12- plus BOROUGH- Assembly listens: backs no shooting boundary extensions, nixes changes to animal control code; Land sale auction June 18; SPORTS & REC - Weber wins two races at first meet; Wilson, Jensen, relay teams on track for State; HEARD ON THE WIND -Paper boy and tour seller capture first wind of 2010.

April 30, 2010

TOP STORIES - No shooting boundary moving north under chief's proposal; Cruise tax reduced after ships drop sui, another ship commits to 2011; School Board trims budget after meeting with borough; Superintendent search down to three; Checking the mail: Brummett heads to Haines, Selmer back to help short-staffed PO - plus Dyea and West Creek Planning: Concerns from P&Z over new Dyea Flats plan; Community weighs in on West Creek management; and BOROUGH- Manager back part-time after heart surgery; $5 million budget introduced, cuts coming; Dyea Pt. appraisals, disposal; SCHOOL- Robotics kids win Judge's Choice in Atlanta; Audit costs more than Pre-School; Count waiver letter sent; OPINION-School has done enough to establish the need. Bowling reports; Outdoor coming events; FISH THIS! - Lakeside Solitude; PHOTO FEATURE - Spring Sweep of Events; OBITUARIES - Tim Arnold, Sheila Brena, Wally Enzi.

April 9, 2010

TOP STORIES - Man cited for shooting dog north of town; Lost in the mail: Little relief yet for understaffed PO; Cuts all around: first draft of school budget presented; Senior citizen increase passes; Hretzay to replace Danielson as new WP&YR president - plus SN Interview with Danielson; and BOROUGH- More clinic needs identified; Assembly writes letters; West Creek surveys in mail; Dyea Point lands soon to be available; SCHOOL- Superintendent search is on; Agreement ratified, tenured staff rehired; SPORTS & REC- Buckwheat Ski Classic; Bowling reports; Outdoor coming events; FEATURE- Old Skagway car finds new home in Fairbanks.

March 26, 2010

TOP STORIES - Lady Panthers State Champs: SHS finishes 29-0, adds song to the dance for school's first state basketball title; Board: no RIF necessary to balance budget; Reduce the tax, see more ships: Skagway delegation involved in big Miami meetings; Hovercraft tour to start, legalities still up in the air; and BOROUGH- Harbor RFP approved, questions about Long Bay boat harbor idea; Dyea Flats Management Plan update; SPORTS & REC- State Tourney Notebook: Lady Panthers capture first state basketball title; GUEST COLUMN- Adventure and rescue on the Juneau Ice Field; OBITUARIES - Gene Zimbrich.

March 12, 2010

TOP STORIES - SE Championship Joy; Found alive and well: Skagway adventurer rescued off Meade Glacier after 3-day search; McCormick resigns: Skagway will advertise for new superintendent; STO submits plan to address possible RIF in high school; Idea for Long Bay harbor meets one-man blockade; Moose on the loose: rare sighting at north end of town; and BOROUGH- Big clinic move on March 18; New tax ordinance wording raises eyebrows; New Fire Chief Jeremy Simmons approved; Skagway gets in on Alaska ACT booth; SCHOOL- Robotics team invited to world festival; DDF team fifth in two events at State; SPORTS & REC- SE Tourney Notebooks: Lady Panthers survive scare from Kake, beat rival Yakutat for region title; SHS boys fall just short of state berth after reaching championship game; OBITUARIES - Wanda Warner, Meliss Schwab.

February 26, 2010

TOP STORIES - • No TIGER grant; mayor urges continued effort for port development; Assembly backs HEW plan for medevac mailer; Lack of students makes for hard choices at Skagway School; RIF notice sent to teachers morning after public form - no plan in place at present; Painting the town LED; complete switch would save money; Whitehorse woman dies in snow machine accident on summit; and BOROUGH- Keep MHT land in state, muni or private hands; Skate park bid award; Fire chief rec, Alaska ACT decision deferred; SCHOOL- DDF team ready for State; SPORTS & REC- Lady Panthers finish regular season undefeated; tourney awaits top seed girls, third place boys after teams pound Kake; LETTER/OPINION - Dickens will miss Skagway; Skagway will miss Dickens.

February 12, 2010

TOP STORIES - • Post Office down to one counter worker, help arrives after 2-day shutdown; School District calls urgent public forum on finances; Dickens staying in Arizona for his health; HEW Committee recommends subscription form for medevacs; and ONLY IN SKAGWAY - Belly Bowl I: Battle at the Brew; PHOTO FEATURE - Skagway carvers 'People's Choice' in Brekenridge; BOROUGH- First teleconference, Borough investments improving; Land exchange priority list, Alaska ACT issues; SCHOOL- Mayo posts big DDF wins in Anchorage, Ketchikan; SPORTS & REC- Skagway girls take command of region, boys go 5-3 on long road trip; J-high teams win divisions in Haines; OBITUARIES - Jack Brown, Vasilis 'Babe' Lavrakas.

January 29, 2010

TOP STORIES - AiDEA wants to extend terminal lease; Medevac insurance meetings mostly positive; Virtual High School demonstrated at school forum, already in use; Second in state for Skagway robotics team; and BOROUGH- Senior tax vote coming; HDC regulations postponed; SCHOOL- Optional math credit passes; No word yet from Dr. Dickens; SPORTS & REC- Panther Power is back; Skagway girls unbeaten, boys on roll; OBITUARY- Bob Dill.