Archived Top Stories: 2006

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• January 13, 2006: No hatchery answers yet; Land swap hearing Jan. 18; Gov. includes Skagway in disaster declaration for Nov. storm; $45 million in budget for Juneau Access; Christmas bird count; Panther boys notch first win; Barbara Fairbanks obituary.

• January 27, 2006: Little public comment on land swap; No hatchery for Skagway; Fund-raising takes teachers' time away from advising SHS students; City submits LBC brief; Two Skagway area cabins on list to be decommissioned; Not so memorable senior night.

• February 10, 2006: Governor supports Skagway Borough, hears both sides of road debate; City plans for land demand; mayor signs plat for 932 acres; Hugh Neff's quest for success; Seven Skagway girl wrestlers ready to rumble at Sitka tourney; Tim Lannan obituary.

• February, 24, 2006: Dawson dismissal for Hugh Neff in Yukon Quest; Garbage for soil if Haines solid waste operation moves to Skagway; Chenega subs during Fairweather crack fix; Dyea tour operators asked to 'get in groove' before summer; Glenda Choate honored with proclamation before succumbing to cancer; Four girls get wrestling gold; Two Skagway kids first at Marsh Lake; Panthers net first league win.

• March 10, 2006: Board of Fish admits decline but denies city request; Diving into Juneau Access EIS: state tries to fund road, cancels more fast ferries; Draft 2006-07 school budget exceeds $1.8 million, city to pay more; Mayor: state should pay for plant upgrades with addition of ferry sewage; Panthers draw Yakutat in region tourney; Elks awards for soccer, hoops and essays; Glenda Choate obituary.

• March 24, 2006: Incinerator woes multiply; Dyea tour operators counter city requests; Sport shimping closed by Fish and Game; BSC preview: Carving for the Buckwheat; Panthers end season with close battle against Klawock; Robert Messegee and Terry Mason obituaries.

• April 7, 2006: Chilkoot-Falls Creek land exchange signed; Cinderella DDF team shocks SE; Northern premiere of 'The Big White' April 22; The Buckwheat sans Buckwheat; Bowling champs crowned; Obituary: Danny Kalen.

• April 21, 2006: Skagway man's cruise cut short by Star Princess fire; Land sale faces growing number of questions; SMART assessments: Accuations of short-routng countered; Festival and Clean Sweep weekend; DDF Showcase; KCIBR sign-up, new Yukon adventure race, king salmon regs; Obituary: Clair Litzenberger.

• May 12, 2006: Skagway man discovers weakness in Haines dock; Contaminant count tallied for Pulen Creek shoreline; Mayor tells school distict to cut $58,000 from budget; DDF team finishes fourth in Alaska, Jashki claims two first place medals; The Big White Reviews; Folkfest and Clean Sweep; Sage advice during Awards Night; Heard on the Wind; Obituaries: Beau Jaklitsch, Anna True, Erik Selmer.

• May 26, 2006: Late spring slide cuts loose up WP&YR, avalanche hits flat cars, shuts line for day; Lethal fungus found in Dyea toads, first discovery in Alaska; Public supports imrovements on Dyea Flats versus closure; $3.371 million city budget presented; Graduation week photos; Sexy Heard on the Wind and New Ship Greetings; Fish This heads for the trout; First king caught; Obituary: Chris Rohlf.

• June 9, 2006: Woman dies in rollover on Klondike Highway; School budget pared down; fish hatchery program on chopping block; Seawalk congestion tolerated for now; Gary Trozzo resigns teaching position; On the Heartbeat Trail part one: Walking with Buckwheat;11th annual BCA walk raises $18,000; Skagway chef cooks the Big Apple big time; T-Ball Photos, Fish Derby Tickets on sale, bag limits 'liberalized';Heard on the Wind.

• June 23, 2006: TIWC rejuvenates Pullen Creek; Boroughs will cost more; On the Heartbeat Trail part two: Paddling with Buckwheat; Substitute budget passes second reading; School vacancies filled; New WP&YR ridership record; Wells Fargo celebrates Skagway bank's 90th; KCIBR: 'Interesting times' on road to Haines; Two Skagway teams in YRQ; New Upper Lake Cabin ready for users; Fish This - Yukon ramblings; Heard on the wind; Obituary: Inez Knorr.

• July 14, 2006: City budget passes, Ward takes soapbox; State capital budget includes $11.55 million for Haines-Skagway; SMRT stop change denied by rare veto; Murphy allowed to park 4 vehicles on Dyea Flats; R&M gets city land survey work; Pockets of Skagway catch World Cup fever, cruise crews play own version of Cup at Seven Pastures field; Heard on the Wind.; Fourth of July photo section.

• July 28, 2006: Zuiderdam throws black smoke, soot on departure; Skagway's "Park Plce" planning progresses; Federal grants buy Skagway boat load of security; Visitor with health problems dies following climb; Murphy allowed to park north of Dyea Flats; Fish Derby and Floaer Show previews; Heard on the Wind testimonials from White Pass; Whs/Sky cup win for Skagway; Fish This slips out of the fog; Obituaries: Ruth Kasko and Stan Kowalke.

• August 11, 2006: Holland America commits 20,000 riders to Carcross train in 2007; Ballot Measure Two, the cruise initiative, raises voices in Skagway; Helicopter rotor hits tree, TEMSCO craft rolls to side; Filing deadline nears for Oct. election; CITY - sales tax hike proposed, grocieries would be eliminated; Allong the WP&YR on a motorcar; Hambones back on top in softball; Moore Fish Derby off to windy start; Editorial: Initiative overkill; Heard on the Wind.

• August 25, 2006: Buckwheat's Back - Skagway traveler walks home after 7,000-plu road and river miles; Suit filed to halt Juneau Access road; Skagway settles Clean Water Act violation with EPA; CITY: Sales tax proposition makes ballot; Border bounty - confiscation precess feeds incinerator; Sports & Rec: Cross-country team trains with heart monitors, Skagway teams in Yukon River Trail Marathon; Fish This - When animals invade; Head on the Wind for the birds.

• September, 8, 2006: Carcross man dies in work train derailment; Pupil enrollment down to near breaking point; State, Skagway react to voter passage of cruise ship initiative; Tourism '06 - Good or bad, depends on whom you talk to; Road relay madness begins; Lee Guthrie descendants visit White House; Rec. Center survey, four runners in X-C hunt, Box of Rocks times; Merry dames of Skagwood Forest; Heard on the Wind.

• September 22, 2006: 2006 Municipal Election preview: Sales tax proposition debate and candidate forum; LBC staff recommends against borough formatin, again; No mini-bars but some truth to Robin Williams tabloid tales; Cause of derailment remains unknown; Biodiesel produced at treatment plant; Klondike Road Relay report; Romancing in Shagway feature; Fish This lives for the fringe; X-C team ready for regionals; Heard on the Wind.

• October 13, 2006: Supreme Court reverses 'overbroad' ruling; Sales tax prop. fails, incumbents win; Winter ferry service approaches new low; Fourth straight record year for WP&YR; Feature: The Gigapxl Guy comes shooting; Three frosh run for Skagway at State; DDF, wrestling and volleyball previews; Heard on the Wind finale for 2006.

• October 27, 2006: New land zone ready for review; Washed out road, Alaskans to rescue; WP&Yr's Danielson receives ATIA's lifetime achievement award; SFD wins rescue of year award for saving railroad workers; 2006 state election forum; Skagway knocks off defending champs in volleyball; Wrestling well in Wrangell; DDF team off to great start.

• November 10, 2006: Skagway Precinct results for Nov. 7 election; City Manager selection down to six; AMHS adds Fairweather after November; More ore could mean more jobs for Skagway; Heartbeat Trail receives big corporate boost from WP&YR, ATA; Don Hather Wrestling, DDF and Soccer Shoot; Pioneer Cemetery clean-up photo.

• November 22, 2006: Home never felt so good for two Skagway soldiers; Murkowski vows to start 'pioneer road'; LBC hearing starts; Manager finalist selection; New police radio equipment improves communications; School forum - concerns over pupil count; Boyd Worley J-High results; Wrestling and volleyball teams prepare for regionals; Yukon River Quest registration filling fast.

• December 8, 2006: The Skagway borough tango: strong case made during three-day hearing - related editorial; Pioneer road bids high; Manager finalists interview; Academics vs. sports - clonflict leads to debate; Polie seek 12-step salary increases; One less for the road - high insurance shuts down taxi; Etue qualifies for State - wrestlers take home sportsmanship award; Volleyball team takes third place, Hahn sisters all-conference.

• December 20, 2006: Skagway Borough Approved; No city mnager yet; Police given salary increases; Gov. Pali cancels pioneer road contract; Helen B. Clark Award to Gordons; SHS hoop teams prepare for quick start; Etue gets win at state wrestling; Yuletide photos.

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