2013 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.

December 24, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Eagle mine proposes temporary fabric shed at ore terminal • Auto conservators travel to Skagway to assess Martin Itjen’s 1920s Street Car • Aquabots win Juneau Robot Jamboree again • ‘Grandma’ Ginny Cochran honored with 2013 Helen B. Clark Award • BOROUGH DIGEST: Municipal mission statement used in search for borough manager; Outdoor arts facility gets conditional use permit, not without concern over parking; Muni. wants input on potential 18 percent power increase. • SCHOOL REPORT: GED testing to be available in Skagway; School stops automotive repairs. • SPORTS & REC.: Cox almost knocks off region champ at State; Basketball season preview. • NOTE TO READERS: News prices increasing Jan. 1.

December 13, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Skagway suffers another crisis at the post office • Man still in jail after accidentally shooting woman who stopped his suicide attempt • Airlift Northwest stopped by state from selling memberships • AMHS will not grant Skagway part ownership of new ferry dock • BOROUGH DIGEST: Gubala to join streamwalk project; Dyea area resident questions lack of trapping regulations; Park superintendent questions authenticity of 3rd Ave. building color; Assembly asks for Denver, Laughton cabins. • SPORTS & REC.: Trevor Cox going to state, places fourth in regionals; Volleyball team falls at regionals, Hannah O'Daniel named all-conference. OPINION: And the band played on (Skagway Post Office); OBITUARY: Fr. James R. Blaney, OMI.

November 27, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Skagway resident jailed after shooting girlfriend; woman stabilized, in Seattle hospital; man charged with second degree assault • Like it or not, health care act changes are here; panel attempts to guide residents through maze •Airlift Northwest stopped by state from selling memberships. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Manager hiring process to begin this month; P&Z forwards community garden definition.• SPORTS & REC.: Trevor Cox going to state, places fourth in regionals; Volleyball team falls at regionals, Hannah O'Daniel named all-conference.

November 15, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Back to Florida: Negotiations with White Pass two-thirds complete; Burnham, Blasco to join Henry; Hanson withdraws • West Creek planning draft released; comments accepted until Nov. 22 • DOT: Moore Bridge replacement funding more secure; Dyea Road project on hold for excess fill determination • BOROUGH DIGEST: Treatment plant settlement terms released to public; Manager process evaluation committee talks about changing job description, raising salary; Skagway River delta given the all clear for tsunami watch. • SCHOOL REPORT: Skagway student in running to join state board; iPads coming to classrooms soon. • SPORTS & REC.: Wrestlers have fun dual scrimmage with Haines; volleyball team at home; Boyd Worley Tourney action.

October 25, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Jim Sager appointed to Schaefer's assembly seat; process questioned before appointment approved - includes new interview with Sager on borough issues • Borough sends Dan Henry to Florida to negotiate • 'Reward School' honors from state for Skagway; Park reopens, takes advantage of nice fall weather for outdoor projects, planning • Alaska, Yukon sign power, telecommunications MOU. • 2013 Municipal Election Forum: Candidate Q&A • BOROUGH DIGEST: Small boat harbor tops CIP list; Muni. to study Skagway River floor in hopes to avoid tsunami; teleconferencing ordinance passes. • SCHOOL REPORT: AASG students advocate anti-smoking policies. • SPORTS & REC.: Wrestlers score wins at two meets, Cox off to great start; Volleyball team ready to get back on court after a year off. • ARTSBEAT: Chart-topper David Myles live in Skagway, Library Corner: Novel writing month ahead. • OBITUARY: Paul J. Cyr.

October 11, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Mark Schaefer takes over mayor's chair; Cochran, Morgan on assembly; Belisle re-elected to school board • Edes loses vote to remain borough manager; Assembly decision unanimous • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park closed; Federal government shutdown affects local operations • OBITUARY: Boyd Worley - Great things do happen on 9/11; Celebrating a great life, grinding in the trough • 2013 Municipal Election Forum: Candidate Q&A • BOROUGH DIGEST: Outdoor arts facility bid goes to Hunz & Hunz; Case-by-case telephone attendance for meetings. • SCHOOL REPORT: Board restructures after election; Board looks at housing options for superintendent, staff. • SPORTS & REC.: Dominique Foote qualifies for State; SHS team "ran for Boyd" at regionals. • ARTSBEAT: Modern dance, folk jazz concert, winter workshops.

September 27, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Eagle Industrial Minerals Corp., AIDEA at odds over ore terminal user agreement; Eaton looking at options, AIDEA defends scheduled repayment plan. • Preliminary West Creek hydroelectricity feasibility to start this fall, results would be available in January 2016 • Kids and teachers happy about new Skagway School playground • Skagway sees benefit of AG ruling that changes how SE Alaska port businesses are promoted on cruise ships • State to release long-awaited Juneau Access supplemental EIS. • 2013 Municipal Election Forum: Candidate Q&A • BOROUGH DIGEST: Sales tax holiday to be in place for six months; Mayor stipend jumps from $200 to $1000 per month; School to replace 30-year-old boilers with muni. money. • FISH THIS!: The fall jump. • SPORTS & REC.: Regionals up next for SHS cross-country, boy's team hoping to make State. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Final blast of the season...; OPINION: Brewing thoughts, thanks after a busy summer.

September 13, 2013

TOP STORIES - • EPA agrees to let Carnival ships use 'scrubbers' to reduce carbon emissions; other lines working toward approval • Millennium departure causes a loss of 10,000 cruise passengers for 2013 • Gov. Parnell visits Skagway; municipal officials update him on projects, negotiations • Apollo Medi Trans gets liccense back, hopes to have underwriter's renewal soon • Chilkoot Trail, Dyea campground closed for a day after Taiya River flooding. BOROUGH DIGEST: School to get two new boilers; Assembly to use iPads at meetings; Gubala receives contract to continue Gateway work. • ARTS BEAT!: Music Spotlight - Onward, Etc.; SE Fair winners; MFB fall grant cycle; Chilkoot artist show; Paul Lucas CD release. • SPORTS & REC.: All night camaraderie on the KRR; Strong start in Haines for SHS runners; SHS to have two basketball teams again. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Winter is on the minds of our visitors too...

August 23, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Contamination clean-up proposed for Gateway Project; DEC content with Skagway's direction • Local residents switching to Airlift Northwest, Apollo still without license • Skagway School sees increase in students, teachers and programs at start of 2013-14 year • Race on for 2 assembly seats; Mark Schaefer running unopposed for mayor; • Watershed council receives $1.8 million to construct streamwalk project. BOROUGH DIGEST: Assembly votes in favor of allowing tire mulch at school playgrond; Ordinance would raise mayor stipend to $1,000 per month. • FISH THIS!: Nerves of Steel. • SPORTS & REC.: Skagway cyclists win divisions in Juneau, Yukon; Six Skagway teams registered for KRR; Cross-country season underway; Two adventure athletes take on Challenge. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Many puzzling questions to stump the tour drivers...

August 9, 2013

TOP STORIES - • A shot in the dark: Dyea shooting incident results in no charges, agencies looking at their roles • AIDEA board OKs ore terminal expansion; new mining company to use for magnetite • Alexco silver mine to close for winter, AML impacts minimal • Cruise ship fails health inspection KGRNHP FEATURE - Taxidermy specimens undergo treatment in preparation for reinstallment in Soapy's parlor • BOROUGH DIGEST: One candidate filed so far for four open positions (see update in Aug. 23 issue); Muni. personnel policy changes; Cruise support letter sent. • ARTSBEAT: Spotlight on the Skagway Music Scene: Rev. shreds and talks iconic bassist Jerry Scheff. • SPORTS & REC.: King salmon abundant in Skagway; Race along the river; Softball finale forfeit. • HEARD ON THE WIND: The never satisfied have their say... • OBITUARIES: J.J. "Tiny" Freeman.

July 26, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Apollo MT still waiting on state license renewal; Airlift Northewest offers certified membership program for medevac coverage • Skagway back in legislative district with Haines for 2014 state elections • Assembly supports ore terminal expansion, new mine using terminal • Skagway hosts successful garden conference. • BOROUGH DIGEST: Public Safety Building site selected; Muni. candidate filing period opens Monday; Solid Waste Advisory Committee forms, recycled purchase policy adopted.• SCHOOL REPORT: Coughran happy to be back, makes changes for 2013-14 school year; School to cook more food from scratch, updating kitchen. • ARTSBEAT: WP&YR receives rare book gift; Special concert at Glacier Lounge. • PHOTO FEATURE: Chilkoot Trail Photo Blog. • FISH THIS! : Sediment versus sentiment. • HEARD ON THE WIND: Alaska is bigger than Texas and other shocking revelations... • OBITUARIES: Sam Hoover, Rick Rapuzzi.

July 12, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Safe House Program takes hold in Skagway; Abuse situations happen here, often unseen • Medevac insurer’s license pulled by state; No new AMT clients being accepted until situation resolved • Southeast Garden Conference coming to Garden City of Alaska. • SCHOOL REPORT: Robotics Primer - Camp teaches students, coach new tricks with EV3. • ARTSBEAT: Spotlight on the Music Scene with Joeseph Stephenson - Interview with guitar stylist, songwrite Gann Brewer. SPORTS & REC: Amak pitches a win for Skagway; Fairbanks wins Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby.. HEARD ON THE WIND: Perplexed ocean front views and more...

June 28, 2013

TOP STORIES - • AP&T pulls Connelly Lake permit • FY 2014 budget totals more than $34 million; about 4 mills moved from sales tax fund to general fund • CBP issues vague statement about resorting to previous boating rules • New king salmon limits lead to move of Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby move to June • Muni. gains access to Ore Dock, closer to finalizing AIDEA 2023 lease • Skagway looking for postmaster. • BOROUGH DIGEST:  Tire mulch has no volatile matter; No raft take-out restrooms till ROW settled; New route for motor coaches chosen; Parking to be enforced. • ARTSBEAT: SE State Fair entries accepted. FISH THIS! : Above or below • SPORTS & REC: Bike teams conquer mountain relay. HEARD ON THE WIND: Not so SMART shuttle riders...

June 14, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Police investigating arson in Fish Co. fire • Rubber tire mulch will not be used on school playground; Mollie Walsh surface to remain, for now • Finlayson hears assembly concerns to move forward on Gateway Project; WP still wants lease extensions for cruise dock use • Problems persist at Skagway Post Office • Chilkoot Trail still on alert; • BOROUGH DIGEST:  Garden City RV park property purchase moves forward; Second reading of FY14 budget passes, assembly votes for sales tax transfer; Healy hired to help with plant payment plan strategy. • SCHOOL REPORT: Transfer students allowed to bring in weighted grades. • NORTH WORDS FEATURE: Symposium takes turn with controversial subjects. • PHOTO FEATURE: Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon raises big bucks. • ARTSBEAT-MUSIC SCENE: Lucas and Juan; Juan and Lucas; • SPORTS & REC: Rookie takes lead, wins Skagway Marathon. HEARD ON THE WIND: - Penguins in Alaska! • OBITUARY - Ada Mary Haskin.

May 24, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Canadian boaters get reprieve from strict reporting requirements • Early morning fire destroys Fish Co. kitchen • Cochran champ of three SE distance runs • Finlayson quickly learning the rail business; • BOROUGH DIGEST:  Second reading of FY2014 budget postponed; emergency ordinance passes to allow more teleconferencing; new citation procedures. • STATE NEWS:  State rail plan in works; Parnell signs budget bill. FISH THIS!: Fishing Buddy. SPORTS & REC: Students honored at awards ceremony. HEARD ON THE WIND: - Salmon signs in America! • GRAD PHOTOS: Class of 2013

May 10, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Summit mayors unite, agree to disagree on road issue • Unusual ‘spring’ weather causes problems all over Skagway • AIDEA unveils more detailed plans for future ore hauls • Finlayson quickly learning the rail business; • SCHOOL FEATURE: Robobotics World Blog - Posts from an inspiring week with the Arthridroids in St. Louis. • BOROUGH DIGEST:  Muni. to stop Rec. Center siding project, anticipating expansion; PND awarded phase 2 boat harbor engineering. • SCHOOL REPORT:  Board hires 2013-14 teachers; New superintendent, personnel contracts approved. .ARTSBEAT: SPOTLIGHT ON MUSIC SCENE - Return of Joseph Stephensn's monthly column. Hot Toddies heat up the Station, explain musical backgrounds. SPORTS & REC: Cochran, Cox off to fast track start, River Quest sign-up deadline is May 15. OBITUARY - John "Pappy" Brodersen.

April 26, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Former Skagway School teacher Josh Coughran to take superintendent position • Skagway gets good news, bad news from legislature • Community to celebrate 50th anniversary of AMHS • KGRNHP NEWS: Chilkoot artists selected for summer. • BOROUGH DIGEST:  First reading of FY2014 passes; Muni. to buy old City Hall pending inspection. ARTSBEAT: Upcoming event: Wine and Cheese tasting with music by Nicole Edwards on May 4; North Words adds Marcel Jolley. FISH THIS! Nothing to enjoy. SPORTS & REC: Varsity track team of four going to Juneau; KCIBR registrations filling fast. OBITUARY - Delia "Dee" Violet Mulkey; death notice for John Bordersen (obit next issue).

April 12, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Done Deal: Assembly passes ordinance that raises public vote amount, exempts state agencies • Solid waste, recycling plan approved • Rescued owl still healing • SCHOOL FEATURE: Skagway School hosts SE Art Fest for first time. • BOROUGH DIGEST:  First reading of ordinance to buy old City Hall building passes; Selmer asks House not to put funding back in budget for Juneau Access. ARTSBEAT: Spring Show of Winter Artwork April 19-20, International Folk Festival April 20, Boat trip and theatre April 21.

March 29, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Assembly raises waterfront lease amount vote trigger • Edes takes borough manager job, starts April 1 • Rain shines in rescue of attacked great horned owl • BUCKWHEAT SKI CLASSIC: Record year for BSC; pirate theme seizes participants. • BOROUGH DIGEST:  HDC to take appeals to assembly; Old clinic lots designated for senior citizens. • SCHOOL REPORT: School Board talks budget, considers cutting lunch program. ARTSBEAT: Art Fest Show and Workshops information, Spring Show of Winter Artwork coming April 19-20; North Words Writers Symposium schedule set; MFB Fund scholarship period opens. OPINION: All in please: do not exempt state from voter requirement.

March 15, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Assembly to get access to Ore Dock for Gateway Project engineering; WP&YR gets new president • Assembly to raise waterfront lease amount vote trigger in municipal code • Plans revealed for two smaller ferries, communities concerned about logistics • More than 800,000 cruisers expected this summer • SCHOOL SPORTS FEATURE: SHS girls endure some harassment, but play well with boys • BOROUGH DIGEST:  Manager finalist George Edes comes to Skagway; Old City Hall could be saved; BMAA detected in crabs • SCHOOL REPORT: Skagway FTC team places third overall at State. SPORTS & REC: Panthers drop two at SE 1A Tourney; J-high boys win Haines C Division. ARTSBEAT: Seward's Day concert at AB. OBITUARY: Sylvia Baker Alexander.

February 22, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Carbon monoxide poisoning almost kills Skagway resident; CO on boat stops team from heading to tournament • Airlift Northwest will be new preferred medical transport provider for Skagway • Manager selection committee to decide who makes it to Skagway in-person interview round. • SCHOOL FEATURE: Skagway FTC robotics Team Sprocketoids takes Southeast again. • BOROUGH DIGEST:  Assembly passes first reading of ordinance to do away with public vote on large land leases; Report on Florida White Pass negotiations coming. • SCHOOL REPORT: School Board adds details to new goals. SPORTS & REC: Panthers sweep Hoonah, Tok teams; two narrow losses at Tok tourney; Senior Night at home this Sat.; Boyd Worley J-High Tourney photos and results. OPINION: Skagway Assembly: We don’t trust you having the final say on large waterfront leases.

February 8, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Jeff Thielbar resigns as school superintendent • Twelve applicants considered in second round of borough manager selection process • Municipality unlikely to receive money for West Creek hydro study from AEA this year • Mineral Exploration Roundup shows mines still interested in shipping from Skagway • BOROUGH DIGEST:  Recycling plan options narrowed; Tickets for trash not put our on morning of garbage pickup; Public safety building 35 percent design phase proceeds; West Creek survey online. • SCHOOL REPORT: School ups safety procedures; New team travel restrictions for cold weather. • ARTSBEAT: Upcoming events, classes. SPORTS & REC: Skagway notches first league win; Online registration begins for 27th annual Buckwheat Ski Classic. OBITUARIES: Jerry McNamara.

January 25, 2013

TOP STORIES - • Back to square one, almost, for borough manager selection • Ore Dock repairs unlikely before summer • AIDEA looks ahead to more mines. • SCHOOL FEATURE: Skagway robotics team champs of Alaska. • BOROUGH DIGEST: 250K limit on leases debated; Better alert system needed; West Creek and Rec. Center planning underway. • SCHOOL REPORT: Board sees input on goals at workshop. • ARTSBEAT: Upcoming events, classes. SPORTS & REC: Skagway sweeps Yukon field in DHT, still looking for first conference win. OBITUARIES: Vern Grisham, Bert Bounds.