2012 online editions
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TOP STORIES - • SE communities disagree with Parnell's Alaska Class Ferry amendment, ask for more details • Children's advocate Linda Calver receives 2012 Helen B. Clark Award • Hamilton low bidder on Dyea Road contract. • KGRNHP FEATURE: Reed McCluskey retires after 35 years with NPS. • STATE NEWS: Legislators excited to represent Skagway; Parnell's FY14 budget $1 billion less than last year, does not include community projects. • ARTSBEAT: Classes continue in January. SPORTS & REC: Skagway Panthers coed team opens season with two wins.
TOP STORIES - • Westmark fire ruled as arson: Not enough evidence for arrest, prime suspect no longer in Skagway • New details in Lynch drowning: Interview revealed alcohol, drug use on board fishing boat • Skagway residents weigh in on recycling program • SCHOOL FEATURE: Team Arthridroids robotics champions of Southeast Alaska. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Pocket of fuel oil found during Small Boat Harbor project, Assembly considers teleconferencing as way to meet quorum during emergency meetings. • SCHOOL REPORT: Changes ahead for Skagway School staff. SPORTS & REC: Cox posts one win at wrestling regionals; SHS hoop season opens.
TOP STORIES - • White Pass plans to fix Ore Dock soon; ClubLink's Sahi concerned about 'stridency' of municipality's previous letter • Skagway water free of cyanobacteria, shellfish to be tested; Ties to three local ALS deaths in past decade not found in drinking water • Rents and services will not be included in sales tax holiday • Ainsley pleads guilty to lower assault charge. • NPS FEATURE: Original Itjen Street Car engine located in Rapuzzi Collection. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly approves payment in lieu of taxes for Skagway Traditional Council. • SCHOOL REPORT: Students to learn about salmon life cycle. SPORTS & REC: Cox goes 5-3 at home tourney, next up are regionals in Haines Nov. 30; J-High hoop season begins. ARTSBEAT: More art workshops ahead.
TOP STORIES - Ore Dock fix needed; Muni gives White Pass 30 days to make repairs • Air ambulance quandary: Insurer will not renew contract with Guardian in May, clinic searching for new preferred carrier • Skagway voters side with Obama/Biden; Rep. Young edges Cissna here • Ainsley stabbing case results in hung jury. • BOROUGH DIGEST: AIDEA lease still in works; Assembly shoots down Seven Pastures area proposal, approves planning for West Creek. • SCHOOL REPORT: Board approves four extra-duty contracts; School looking to community for OJT training for students. SPORTS & REC: Wrestling tourney preview. ARTSBEAT: Winter workshops on tap.
TOP STORIES - White Pass pulls the pin on Eagle ore haul; ClubLink board wants RR focus on tourism; Skagway, Yukon officials very disappointed • Fishing boat captain missing in Taiya Inlet • Park reveals proposed plan for Dyea • Waste study shows a near $475 average cost per ton burned in Skagway incinerator. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Smith moves on, Healy interim manage;' Sales tax holiday begins Nov. 1. SPORTS & REC: Cox atop podium at Sitka wrestling meet; Photo spread: Intramurals Intensity. OBITUARIES: Dorothy Dennis, Gene Richards.
TOP STORIES - Two residents charged by brown bear in town; School children also spotted bear Wed., police plan to shoot aggressive bears • Skagway elects new assemblymen Burnham, Hanson ; Unopposed Brown and Hischer easily win school board seats • International discussion held on potential for West Creek hydro • NEW TO TOWN FEATURE: Skagway welcomes new health care provider: Dana Mathis. • SCHOOL REPORT: School thinking about adding teacher with forest receipts money from borough. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Vote could mean end of local Chamber of Commerce. SPORTS & REC: Airk Cochran completes senior cross country season in top 30 at State; Two SHS wrestlers hit mats this weekend. OBITUARIES: Paul J. Benner, Loyd D. Pike.
TOP STORIES - Eagle, White Pass pitch rail link to Whitehorse; Hretzay says governments should put money toward enhancing railway instead of highway • WP&YR agrees to $100,000 fine for 2009 dumping incident in Bennett Lake • Fire destroys Southeast Tours bus on Klondike Highway • TOURISM FEATURE: Long-time business owners say ‘so long’; Taiya River Jewelry, Stowaway Cafe close. MUNICIPAL CANDIDATE FORUM - Borough Assembly (2 seats): Steve Burnham Jr., Gary Hanson and David Hunz (i); School Board (2 seats): Stuart Brown (i) and John Hischer (write-in candidate). i=incumbent • BOROUGH DIGEST: Skagway to search for new manager; Capital project priority list named; Railroad gives endorsement for Pullen Creek riparian project; Municipality to go forward with Seven Pastures Area Master Plan. SCHOOL REPORT: Skagway School library aide position hired, J-high basketball coach hired. FISH THIS! The Fall. ARTS BEAT: Skagway hosts 2013 SE Artfest, time to start planning. SPORTS & REC: Regional XC roundup: Airk Cochran earns trip to State; Box of Rocks results and photo. HEARD ON THE WIND: Finding the real Skagway and more...wind wrap for the 2012 season. OBITUARIES: Stimee Boggs.
TOP STORIES - • Municipality settles with Western Marine over bid protest; • Wastewater plant project under review; • Visitation appears up; better numbers ahead in 2013; • SPORTS FEATURE: Soggy, Slushy, Sunny: Eleven Skagway teams participate in 30th road relay; BOROUGH DIGEST: AIDEA lease ordinance postponed again; Outdoor arts facility design bid awarded after tiebreaker; Residents to be subsidized for gardening vegetables. SCHOOL REPORT: Four new half-time hires; Enrollment highest at start of year. STATE NEWS - Skagway supports ballot measures; STIP amended to reflect importance of Moore Bridge, Klondike Highway upgrades. ARTS BEAT: Spotlight on Music Scene: Fogatron; Skagway Arts Council news. SPORTS & REC: Cochran leads small school pack in Skagway meet; Regionals in Juneau Sept. 22. HEARD ON THE WIND: Big blast as season winds down... OBITUARIES: Cindy Herpst.
TOP STORIES - • Restraining order against municipality lifted by judge; Western Marine files protest over 'local preference' boat harbor award to Hamilton; • Wastewater plant project mismanagement alleged by operator; subcontractor Hunz agrees to leave chambers, Update: Hunz responds; • Repairs made after Ore Dock piling collapses; longshoremen had warned WP&YR about dock's state. • KGRNHP FEATURE: Park tracks boreal toads with new radio study. BOROUGH DIGEST: AIDEA lease not on October ballot; Five candidates file for four seats; Three more Skagway project bids awarded. STATE NEWS - Coastal zone management on primary ballot; Daily ferry service to return next summer. FISH THIS! The chase is on! ARTS BEAT: Spotlight on Music Scene: Garden Family Band. SPORTS & REC: Cross country 2012: Panther boys strive to contend; Seven local teams so far in Klondike Road Relay; WHI/SKY Cup report. HEARD ON THE WIND: Shopping, rocking, blonds and sticks... OBITUARIES: Kristin Jacquot, Darryl Jacquot.
TOP STORIES - • AIDEA not impressed with tidelands lease proposal; Borough Assembly wants tonnage fee, limits on truck traffic - along with rent • EPA holds off on action against ships, alternative fuels explored. • Hunz, Brown to run again; Cochran, Ellis will not seek reelection on Oct. 2 • HISTORY FEATURE: Up the Inside Passage with Josie to meet The Stroller; BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly may return federal Denali grant, local preference nets Hamilton boat harbor project; No change in legal services, annual review needed; SCHOOL REPORT - New language arts curriculum; Alcohol, drug and tobacco policy amended; ARTS BEAT: Canadian artist to spend two weeks on Chilkoot Trail; SPORTS & REC: Spencer Morgan second in Southern Lakes Loppet; Paul Kirk joins Colorado State staff; HEARD ON THE WIND: Some risque wind from the madames...; OPINION: Expensive bit of irony when it comes to reducing emissions.
TOP STORIES - • Skagway supports state in fight against ECA rules for ships. • Ambulance crash aftermath: Victims return to their homes, thankful for surviving early morning accident. • Assembly adopts tidelands lease amendment; AIDEA lease proposal for ore terminal be be public soon • Summer finally arrives in Skagway • Smaller fish, more fishermen at Pat Moore Memorial Derby. • ARTS BEAT: WP&YR's J. Craig Thorpe loves the work ride; Meet the Chilkoot Trail artist. BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly pursuing AEA grant for West Creek; Candidate filing period begins July 30. HEARD ON THE WIND: Tired of walking... FISH THIS: Becoming a sportsman; SPORTS & REC: Skagway Scramble, Men's Softball, Downhill Mountain Biking.
TOP STORIES - • Skagway ambulance crashes on return from Yukon medevac; Two local EMTs seriously injured, flown to hospitals, now reported in stable condition. • Tidelands amendment goes to assembly vote July 19; proposed post-2023 AIDEA lease also under review. • Local man allowed to join U.S. Marine Corps after concussion roadblock bulldozed by Rep. Young; Vietnam war roommates reunite after 43 years. • Man arrested for stabbing co-worker. • USPS Alaska manager visits Skagway PO. • ARTS BEAT: Jolley visits to sign second book; Local painter creates art for radio station membership drive; and upcoming events. BOROUGH DIGEST: No change in ferry schedule; school budget due date changed. HEARD ON THE WIND: Vampire bust in Skagway: theories abound... FOURTH OF JULY PHOTOS: Skagway celebrates its volunteers (coming soon).
TOP STORIES - • Western Copper shares plans with municipality, AIDEA;Casino anticipates trucks, some Skagway-based drivers • WP&YR president says rail ore haul can kick in with $50 million boost • Plan could encourage railway’s return to Whitehorse • Marathon takes hit from Klondike washout; 67 still complete races • Local committee asks for return of Sunday ferry • HISTORY FEATURE: Dangerous Dan not so dangerous on the inside. BOROUGH DIGEST: Property taxes reduced during final reading of FY 2013 muni. budget; Assembly opposition to emission act tabled. SPORTS & REC: Several Skagway cyclists endure tough conditions at Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay. FISH THIS! Are you experienced?; EDITORIAL: Cloud of suspicion should be lifted; HEARD ON THE WIND: Stampede on the dead horse trail...
TOP STORIES - • Senator declares post office situation 'intolerable' • Borough now courting Western Copper • Planned code changes may tighten RV regulations • Symposium showcases screenwriter; • PHOTO FEATURE: Walk raises over $9,000 for cancer detection. SCHOOL REPORT: Labesky resigns as girls' basketball coach; Fielding named new boys' coach; O'Daniel accepts activities director position. SPORTS & REC: Marathon tops 100 registrants; Four Skagway teams ready to roll in 20th KCIBR. HEARD ON THE WIND: Achooo went the train....
TOP STORIES - • Skagway seeks 40 trucking jobs from Selwyn Chihong • Sixtieth Skagway Reunion filled with history • Skagway grouped with Petersburg, downtown Juneau in newly approved redistricting plan • Three area ski groups trek icefield to Skagway. BOROUGH DIGEST: Budget gets four readings, lower mill rates ahead, lower mill rates ahead; Assembly increases equities percentage. SCHOOL REPORT: Awards night and scholarship recepients; Robotics team has great 'egg-sperience' at FLL North American Championship. SPORTS & REC: Skagway wins four events at regionals, sends five kids to State. HEARD ON THE WIND: Winding up the wind and letting it loose. FISH THIS! The Legacy Lure.
TOP STORIES - • Summer cruise season begins; more people coming to town, including food critics; • Teamsters ratify new contract after mediation with White Pass in DC; • Assembly supports White Pass application for floating dock; • Skagway Reunion celebrates 60 years; • Yukon Queen gives way to Klondike Spirit. BOROUGH DIGEST: Heather Rodug named new borough treasurer; Second reading of budget passes, additional funds for chamber, bike racks and arts facility; Recycling Committee to request land for facility. SCHOOL REPORT: School could receive additional funding from education bill signed by governor. SPORTS & REC: Six Panther track athletes set personal records at Haines meet. HEARD ON THE WIND: First cruisings and another writer gets it wrong. OBITUARY: William C. Bumbalough, Jr.
TOP STORIES - • Skagway sees unusually bad housing crunch after fire, raised RV Park rent • TEMSCO concerned about possible development of tidelands for new ore dock; surrender documents drawn up for WP. • Assembly supports White Pass application for floating dock; • Legislature approves $8.5 million for Skagway projects; • New TIWC exec. director excited to work with community. SCHOOL REPORT: School budget passes assembly without much discussion; School to host 2013 Art Fest. BOROUGH DIGEST: FY13 budget passes first reading, Recycling Committee asks chamber to recycle for Clean Sweep. FISH THIS!: Under the Ice. ARTSBEAT: Writers Scholarship. HEARD ON THE WIND: First burst comes with instructions.
TOP STORIES - • Municipality now dealing with new AIDEA proposal; Assembly will also take up next step with White Pass at next meeting on April 19. • Recycling Committee to come up with concrete plan of action • Borough manager contract shortened, treasurer resigns • More than 100 residents walk in local Choose Respect march • BSC FEATURE: First timer discovers core of ski race. BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly to look at changing the way conditional noise permits are handled; Outdoor Arts Facility Committee holds open house with architect. SCHOOL REPORT: Thielbar receives extended contract; Hunz to be first recipient of Don Hather Wall of Fame honor. SPORTS & REC: Inspiring first meet of Panther track season; Jennings resigns as Skagway girls, boys basketball coach. ARTSBEAT: ARTSBEAT: One night, two events! OBITUARY: Johanne ‘Jo’ Sandra Ask
TOP STORIES - • Businesses and building owners discuss fire's effects on season; Fire Marshal report won't be complete for a few weeks • White Pass agrees to unimproved tidelands surrender; vote to proceed waits for full assembly; floating dock commitment made to RCCL • Buckwheat founder bows out as race moves into new era • Library expansion design close to completion, public meeting next • AB Hall mini-museum to bring Skagway past to present. BOROUGH DIGEST: Noise permit approved, curtailed after complaints; Recycling Committee organizes. SPORTS & REC: Leaverton makes 2A all-state team, switch to 1A means expanded tourney in 2013. ARTSBEAT: Thodos Dance Chicago coming April 1; Artists, musicians wanted for April winter art show, folkfest; trail program names artists in residence.
TOP STORIES - • Downtown fire contained overnight; Old wing of Westmark Inn destroyed, damage to four businesses • MOS, White Pass closing in on agreement; Company looking at floating dock on RR Dock side • Hydro options abound down Taiya Inlet, near Haines • Robotics team just misses state finals. BOROUGH DIGEST: Cruise Line Agences asks muni. for money to fund RR Dock security renovation; Change in switch causes fire dialer issue. SPORTS & REC: Skagway teams miss State this year; SHS girls take third, boys knocked out early in close games; J-High teams split at Haines tourney. ARTSBEAT: Deering & Down release new album; Back Country Bash kicks off with film competition. OBITUARY: Phyllis Eis Sims. OPINION: Thank you to a well-trained SVFD.
TOP STORIES - Muni. rejects many White Pass demands, wants surrender of unimproved lands in lease; Mayor hoping for ‘favorable response’ after calls, meeting with ClubLink CEO Rai Sahi • Team Sprocketoids conquers Southeast • Skagway community, assembly active with Pullen Creek Streamwalk planning process • Misty Wiley fills new part-time KHNS position in Skagway; First radio reporter here in a decade. SCHOOL REPORT: Board to negotiated new contract with Thielbar; Curriculum work ahead. BOROUGH DIGEST: Negotiations to extend manager's contract; Gold Rush Cemetery bridge named for Martin Itjen. SPORTS & REC: Skagway teams ready for regionals. ARTSBEAT: Smiley concert March 7; Far North Film Festival coming. OBITUARY: Jeffry Stewart Adams.
TOP STORIES - • School loses high school teacher with adoption of FY13 budget • White Pass responds, now wants MOS to purchase floating dock • Public safety building study complete, ready for funding if assembly can find $17 million • New local fund to help with arts, education. SCHOOL FEATURE: Second in state in robotics, while performing at home. BOROUGH DIGEST: AEA changes decision, adds W. Creek to list of possible projects to receive funding; SPD gets funds for 9-1-1 dispatch position. SPORTS & REC: Hather honored by National Wrestling Hall of Fame, school taking nominations for Hather Wall; Panther teams regroup after long, tough POW trip. ARTSBEAT: Film Festival this weekend; more classes this month. OPINION: Teaching cuts painful; don't make them last. OBITUARY: Kevin 'Bear' OBrien.
TOP STORIES - • School operating budget needs to make up about 60K; Board weighs cutting h.s. teacher versus tapping fund balance, other options.• Rep. Thomas pre-files three of 133 House bills for legislative session, says Skagway boat harbor money in good hands. • Alaska Sea Party nearing petition count for ballot initiative to restor Coastal Management; Skagway submits 150 signatures. • Selmer signs letter in support of port lecture investigatio. • Recent deaths of Common Murre sea birds perplexing SPORTS & REC FEATURE: BSC organizes under Log Cabin Ski Society; online registration forms for March 24 ski race to appear on new site soon; BOROUGH DIGEST: Ordinance to allow teleconferencing to establish quorum tabled; SPORTS & REC: Panthers complete early season swing; Girls off to strong 9-2 start, boys competitive at 3-5 even when short on players.