2011 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 21, 2011

TOP STORIES - • Skagway projects would receive $7.2 million in governor's budget • New Year Resolution: Port deal with White Pass starts with new letter • Skagway tug send to help disabled fuel barge • Student count drops below 60, due to rise slightly next year • NCL returns third cruise ship to Alaskan waters • Cindy O'Daniel receives 2011 Helen B. Clark Award; SCHOOL FEATURE: Skagway robotics garners best presentation; BOROUGH DIGEST: West Creek feasibility study denied by AEA; Achieving quorum with teleconference proposed; SPORTS & REC: State volleyball, Basketball season preview.

December 9, 2011

TOP STORIES - • Port meeting progress but still major hurdles • EPA working with Skagway to get waste water into compliance • Post Office finally hires some 'temporary' staff • Outdoor Art Aesthetics: Scaffolding Christmas tree, unique fence lighten up community; BOROUGH DIGEST: Small Boat Harbor design changes approved; Additional summer clinic position; SCHOOL REPORT: Art Festival uncertain; Resignations accepted; SPORTS & REC: Volleyball team heads to State for fourth straight year; Three SHS wrestlers save best for regionals, Moore just misses advancing to State.

November 23, 2011

TOP STORIES - • Good Neighbors group of local volunteers ready to help residents in need • Stakes high for port stakeholders meeting in Anchorage • Skagway back at highest winter unemployment percentage in state • Low Pullen returns leads to all smolt being released here next spring • Skagway residents lose phone service for a day; BOROUGH DIGEST: Port Commission liaison requirements change; Outdoor arts pavilion planning; North Words Symposium back in Skagway for 2012; SPORTS & REC: Volleyball team third in seeding tourney; Panthers wrestle in last meet before regionals; Second Skagway Marathon set for June.

November 11, 2011

TOP STORIES - • White Pass commits to floating dock; mayor ready to open door for tidelands lease negotiations • West Creek hydro feasibility discussed before Dyea Bd. • 'Bar Wars' over? Red Onion permit upheld • Garbage bears shot: chief recommends bear-proof cans; BOROUGH DIGEST: Small Boat Harbor improvement plans; SCHOOL REPORT: Board works for achieve new goals; SPORTS & REC: HS volleyball wins silver in Juneau tourney.

October 28, 2011

TOP STORIES - • Floating cruise dock addition needed or Skagway could lose miss out on big ships; Port Commission scales back TIGER III request, joint meeting with assembly to decide White Pass direction. • Final cruise passenger totals down slightly from 2010 • Selmer looks forward, backward for community solutions • Skagway residents stand in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street protesters; several local issues tasked to committee; BOROUGH DIGEST: Problem bears, garbage issues persist. SKAGWAY ARTS BEAT: Outdoor arts venue in the works. SPORTS & REC: Panther wrestlers continue to improve; volleyball team ready for action in Juneau. OBITUARY: Barbara D. Kalen.

October 14, 2011

TOP STORIES - • Selmer returns to mayor’s seat; Low voter turnout Oct. 4, new additions to school board • Border staples Boyd, Jean Worley retire after 35 years • Barb Kalen sings with the angels • Tidelands lease negotiations in limbo • NEWS SPLASH: Aug.-Sept. wetter than normal; BOROUGH DIGEST: Municipality to sell tower plot to AP&T; Bear-proof garbage can discussion. SCHOOL REPORT: New members sworn in; New hires. SPORTS & REC: No State meet for XC runners; SHS wrestling team competes in first meet in two years; volleyball practice photo.

September 23, 2011

TOP STORIES - • Borough floats revised lease extension proposal to WP&YR; Hretzay ‘discussing it’ as deadline looms • Parnell moves forward with new Juneau Access study, will not appeal court ruling • Dyea residents ask for wider gangway across river during construction project • Volunteers move forward with mission of helping; 2011 MUNICIPAL CANDIDATE FORUM - election Oct. 4. • 29TH KLONDIKE ROAD RELAY: A tale of detours, lost runners, bare feet, and northern lights; BOROUGH DIGEST: All conditional use permits for bars granted; Harbor dredging, Lillegraven plans proceed, Assembly approves six months for tax holiday; SPORTS & REC: Skagway runs first race in Sitka, prepares for XC regionals; Whi-Sky Cup settled on last hole; Record turnout for Box of Rocks; FISH THIS!: Coho secrets; HEARD ON THE WIND: Short of breath as we near the end...

September 9, 2011

TOP STORIES - • Smokers, bars adjusting to new no smoking law • White Pass Teamsters hold informational picket, make ground on new contract • Still some issues to resolve before lease deal proceeds; Selwyn Chihong closely monitoring developments • Alexco finds new silver streak; shipments to Skagway on increase • Taiya River bridge rehab due to start on Oct. 1; preconstruction public meeting Sept. 16. • Volendam donates money to Skagway animal rescue • Reunion to return to Skagway in 2012; BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly holds off selling AP&T land for microwave tower; Assembly gives TIWC $3,000 for IRS troubles; SPORTS & REC: Nine local teams among 175 set to start Klondike Road Relay; Box of Rocks set for Sept. 18; Chilkoot Cyclocross to be held Sept. 24; HEARD ON THE WIND: Explaining where we live again and again...

August 26, 2011

TOP STORIES - • Smoke control law enacted by voters • Candidate pool looking thin; Stan Selmer seeks return to mayor's seat • Federal judge rules in favor of Minto Mine over White Pass • Gateway Project concept advances • 2012 season to see big increase in cruise passengers • CHILKOOT FEATURE: Six Alaska teens hike Chilkoot as part of SRC program; BOROUGH DIGEST: Animal title amended; redistricing challenge on hold.; SCHOOL REPORT: Board advocates elminating assembly liaison; positions filled; SPORTS & REC: B&S takes crown again with thrilling comeback; SHS cross country adds eight runners; HEARD ON THE WIND: Much ado about salmon... FISH THIS!: Sea monster.

August 12, 2011

TOP STORIES - • Tidelands lease breakthrough: letter of intent outlines potential agreement that would have WP&YR surrender ore terminal tract • Smoking ban goes to vote Aug. 25 • Mozelle Nalan remembered at memorial • Mid-season report: Skagway sees more tourists, business slow for some owners • Chemical residue almost gone from ore basin • State lawmakers get glimpse of Skagway, Whitehorse; BOROUGH DIGEST: Residents speak out against RV code; no action on road project; SPORTS & REC: Seale conquers 85-mile challenge in a weekend; four locals run Yukon marathon; S. Lakes Loppet photo.; HEARD ON THE WIND: NQuality not quantity... OPINION: Smoke-free and still independent.

July 29, 2011

TOP STORIES - Changes to roads upset Yakutania Point trail walkers • Skagway to crack down on RV violations • Charges upped in Nalan murder • Restrictions imposed on Canadian firewood; BOROUGH DIGEST: West Creek hydro feasibility application; Better return on sales tax reserves ahead; SPORTS & REC: For derby winner, practice makes perfect; Twelve trails, one busy weekend; FISH THIS!: Just passing by; HEARD ON THE WIND: No beer, no fish, no bears, oh my ... OBITUARIES: Mozelle Nalan, Jesse Lane.

July 9, 2011

TOP STORIES - Selwyn offers second ore terminal plan; White Pass negotiations 'progressing' • Wolf killed after attacking six pets; Tested negative for rabies during necropsy • Skagway, Juneau now in same State House District • Rep. Don Young speaks in Dyea • Malaspina ferry saves injured hiker • F&G supports work by TIWC; reduced fish due to regional numbers. 4TH OF JULY: Old fashioned 4th; BOROUGH DIGEST: New 20 minute parking on 5th; SCHOOL REPORT: Thielbar off to DC; music teacher, boys hoop coach to change; SPORTS & REC: Skagway team finishes 18th out of 72 in Yukon River Quest.; HEARD ON THE WIND: Leftie and rightie gold panning, grizzlies on call, and more... OPINION: Enough already: Make tidelands lease negotiations public.

June 24, 2011

TOP STORIES - Skagway lets Selwyn pursue ore dock project; preference still 'heritage site' • Public rejects stream protection ordinance proposed by TIWC • Skagway, Juneau now in same State House District • Assembly votes down 'bicycle friendly community' application • New park superintendent drawn to Skagway; BOROUGH DIGEST: P&Z discusses conditional use permits; SCHOOL REPORT: School gets new bus; SPORTS & REC: Quinn Weber wins first Skagway Marathon; Sockeye cyclists steal show at bike relay; River Quest riders ready for the water; FISH THIS!: Boondoggle; HEARD ON THE WIND: Very windy out there! OBITUARY: Joe Kasler.

June 10, 2011

TOP STORIES - Selwyn proposes new ore terminal at mouth of river • Chilkoot shortcut blocked • Fourth dead seal found this spring • Delisle participates in walk she created 16 years ago • NWWS hits home again; BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly passes budget; Bar permit hearing; Riparian setback ordinance floated; SCHOOL REPORT: Employee raises approved; New interim science teacher; Maintenance cost savings; SPORTS & REC: First Skagway Marathon ready to run; Cyclists await annual bike relay; EDITORIAL: Waterfront games: no sure thing except who owns the port; HEARD ON THE WIND: Popular lemonade stands with famous Alaskans and more!.

May 27, 2011

TOP STORIES - AIDEA plans ore terminal expansion; Selwyn exploring changes for loading ships • School budget passes without amendments • Gas pipeline still being promoted • Skagway climber summits McKinley; Third seal was shot; GRADUATION PHOTO FEATURE: Class of 2011 goes out in style; BOROUGH DIGEST: Tidelands negotiations commence, Election moved to Aug. 25, Noise ordinance passes, Schaefer back on assembly; SPORTS & REC: Surdyk, Leaverton finish strong at State Track; NWWS: North Words Writers Symposium returns to Skagway; FISH THIS! : Breakup time in the Yukon; HEARD ON THE WIND: Bar talk, fast food, free WiFi; OBITUARY: Dennis Hisman.

May 13, 2011

TOP STORIES - Disney comes to Skagway • Bonding propositions pass • HB 119 signing allows AIDEA to bond up to $65 million for ore terminal • U.S. appeals court upholds decision to halt Juneau road • Skagway prefers legislative district with Haines; ROTARY PHOTO FEATURE: Beautiful Day for a Snow Plow; SCHOOL REPORT: SHS Awards Night; SPORTS & REC: Kaitlyn Surdyk wins two track races at Juneau; Danny Moore takes one in Haines.;HEARD ON THE WIND: Lessons from Scrooge McD.

April 29, 2011

TOP STORIES - Marine mammal carcasses piling up • Voters to decide May 10 on $9 million in bond proposals • Smoke vote Aug. 2 • Bar Wars V: Return of the permit – the issue that will not end • Wassmans focus of loan commercial; HISTORICAL FEATURES: McCluskey develops following with Skagway blog; KGRNHP planning on Soapy's, 'First Bloom'; SCHOOL REPORT: Financial errors fixed; more testing, quicker results; BOROUGH: Budget introduced, school next time; Sound barriers; SPORTS & REC: Track season begins, KCIBR registration; FISH THIS! Vapors; HEARD ON THE WIND: Early breath of fine wind; OBITUARIES: Don Hather, Don Thoe.

April 8, 2011

TOP STORIES - Bar Wars IV: A New Hope? ABC denies duplicate license • White Pass balks at 'site control' request again; Rep. Thomas will not block port funding in cap. budget, let muni. negotiate. • Keeping a charitable secret: 'Have-a-Heart' program honored in Disney magazine. • Mike Tranel named new Klondike superintendent • 'Choose Respect' march, rally: statment against violence. SCHOOL REPORT: Little drama at budget work session; BOROUGH: No smoking likely going to vote; SNEWS NEWS: Three Alaska Press Club awards, Emmets to return; SPORTS & REC: Becoming a Buckwheater; Silver Anniversary Styling; Two SHS girls play in All-Star Game; OBITUARIES: Gerald Van Zanten.

March 25, 2011

TOP STORIES - State Champs Again • Bar Wars III: Revenge of the attorneys • Fine tuning the noise ordinance • Western Copper takes a look at Skagway port • Tidelands lease lull: new letter on 'site control' sent to White Pass • Jean Worley given President's Gold Award for volunteerism. SCHOOL REPORT: More questions about school budget; BOROUGH: Tax on tax gets axe; appeal goes to the dogs; sr. center new lease on life; Avoiding Juneau; Lease first step for harbor; SPORTS & REC: State Tourney Notebook II: Back-to-back State Champions; OBITUARIES: Laura Anema, Frank Wiggins celebration planned.

March 11, 2011

TOP STORIES - Bar Wars II: Assembly strikes back - TWO STORIES: Not enough votes to uphold P&Z; action leads to granting of permit, no objection to duplicate license; License holders given six months to obtain permits • New tidelands lease proposal tweaked some more; Mayor: Site control an issue for Legislature before funding improvements • A united front for the two borough. SCHOOL REPORT: Budget waiting, Hather award, Calendar • SPORTS FEATURE: First time Iditarod musher Angie Taggert worked in Dyea last summer; BOROUGH: One-year contract for Smith, Bring the noise ordinance, Reconsideration on Fish Co. extension, Muni goals.; SPORTS & REC: Lady Panthers move on to State; Team takes second after OT loss to Yakutat, boys win one at SE.

February 25, 2011

TOP STORIES - Bar Wars: P&Z denial of previously unrequired conditional use permit under appeal; Return of the code haunts licenses • Younger sea lion may have been sick; tests being performed on both animals that died • New person in power at AP&T; Belisle addresses new tower, community needs • Port getting noticed: Commission members report favorable Roundup. SCHOOL FEATURE: DDF team bonds at State Tournament • SPORTS FEATURE: First time Iditarod musher Angie Taggert worked in Dyea last summer; BOROUGH: Public Safety building plans, Fish Co. lease extension will wait; SPORTS & REC: Panthers home finale this weekend • OPINION: P&Z and bar talk: a bad mix.

February 11, 2011

TOP STORIES - Unanimous against secondhand smoke: Assembly passes law to protect employees • Former Skagway customs officer killed in Afghanistan • Public gets look at draft tidelands lease; one more review before negotiations begin with White Pass • Selwyn pitches to Skagway, looking at 2014 start-up • Lightening the load: Taiya River bridge derated again, project delayed • Two dead sea lions found floating in Skagway bays; ARTS FEATURE: Crowd pleaser, but no snow sculpting awards at Breck this year • SCHOOL REPORT: School budget seeks more from borough; BOROUGH: $9 million bond issue goes to voters May 10; Treatment plant, school heating control awards; P&Z approves Hall permits; SPORTS & REC: SHS girls sweep Haines, win Chevak tourney; boys notch second win of the year.

January 21, 2011

TOP STORIES - Borough proposes cutting out portion of tidelands lease with White Pass • Secondhand smoke control ordinance moves past first reading • ppeal goes to the dogs: Assembly unanimous this time in upholding permit for Murphy • Robotics team wins State • EMERGENCY SERVICES NEWS: Life-saving shout out: Skagway SAR crew assists in rescue of Haines hiker; Tyson is SE DOT Employee of the Year; SCHOOL: Lower enrollment, lower budget forecast; DDF team medals at first meet; BOROUGH: Treasurer, assistant manager hired; Healy reinstated on Planning & Zoning; SPORTS & REC: Hoop teams off and running; OBITUARIES: Sandy Revis, Sandy Petersen; OPINION: Tldelands lease renogiations should be public.