Emily Files, KHNS - Haines

Emily Files, KHNS - Haines
Emily Files is a reporter at KHNS in Haines.

Skagway Assemblyman found in violation of state disclosure laws for third time in 2 years

A Skagway resident narrowly elected to a seat on the borough assembly violated state disclosure laws three times. That’s according to Alaska Public Offices Commission staff. They determined Dan Henry has failed to disclose his income, debt, and now, gifts from a private company.

Haines Assembly asks university to press pause on 400-acre timber sale

The Haines Assembly is asking the University of Alaska to press pause on a proposed timber sale which has alarmed local residents. Listen now

Haines first community to sign DOC contract focused on pretrial services

The state wants to shift its relationship with 15 communities that operate rural jails. It will mean more money for local police departments, but also more work on the prevention side of things. Haines is the first community to sign the new contract. Listen now

Freeride ski and snowboard competition not returning to Haines in 2018

An international big mountain ski and snowboard competition that brought an economic boost to Haines for three winters is not returning to Alaska in 2018. Listen now

Skagway Assembly formally voices support for police chief following loss of state certification

The Skagway Borough Assembly formally voiced its support for Police Chief Ray Leggett at a meeting last week.

Skagway rocked by second landslide in under 2 weeks

Early Tuesday morning, a rockslide crashed into Skagway’s largest cruise ship dock. It was the second slide event in less than two weeks and caused a pair of cruise ships to divert to other ports. Some Skagway residents are calling on the city and the private company that owns the dock to take action. Listen now
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Haines Assembly members survive divisive recall election

After a contentious recall vote Tuesday, three embattled Haines Assembly members will continue to serve out their terms. Nearly 60 percent of Haines voters rejected the allegations of official misconduct. Listen now

Recall election spotlights political division in Haines

On Tuesday, Haines voters will decide whether to recall half of their borough assembly. Three assembly members are accused of misconduct in office. But the discontent driving the recall is about much more than the official charges. And the recall leaders have repeatedly refused to defend their views on the record. Listen now

State revokes Skagway police chief’s certification, but he’s still on the job

Skagway’s longtime police chief is working without state certification. The council that oversees those accreditations revoked Ray Leggett’s certification because, it says, there is substantial doubt that he has "good moral character." Leggett calls the decision a ‘miscarriage of justice.’

2 Haines food entrepreneurs are finalists in Southeast business contest

Two Haines entrepreneurs are finalists in a regional business competition. The Path to Prosperity program offers support to small businesses and startups in Southeast Alaska. Listen now

Legislature’s capital budget impasse could delay Haines Highway project

A major Haines infrastructure project that is years in the making may have to wait a little longer. Listen now

As Uber arrives in Alaska, towns without taxis have new transportation option

In visits to the Lower 48, Alaskans may have caught a ride in an Uber or Lyft car. Now, people around the state can use the ride-hailing companies at home. This month, Alaska became the latest state to make way for the transportation apps. Listen now

Pilot shut off one engine before fatal plane crash near Haines

The surviving passenger of a fatal plane crash near Haines told investigators that the pilot purposely stopped one engine to demonstrate how to re-start it in flight. That is one detail in a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board this week. The crash killed two people and injured another.

49 Voices: James Hart of Haines

This week we're hearing from James Hart in Haines. Hart is a young tribal council member of the Chilkoot Indian Association, and a delegate on the Tlingit and Haida Central Council. He received an "emerging leader" award from the Council last month. Listen now

Boat owners fooled by website charging high prices for vessel documentation

This is the time of year when Alaska fishermen make sure they have their paperwork in order so they’re ready to hit the water. But recently, some of those boat owners were targeted by a third-party service that charges much higher rates for Coast Guard certification. Listen now

Internet improvements bode well for location-neutral workers in Haines

A number of Haines residents make a living with "location-neutral" jobs. For many of those people, a reliable internet connection is essential for their work. So in January, when Alaska Power and Telephone rolled out new internet packages following its Lynn Canal fiber optic project, internet-reliant workers were paying attention. Listen now

Recall effort underway for three Haines Assembly members

A group of Haines residents is trying to recall half of the Borough assembly, including the two newest members. Listen now

How should Alaska evaluate Tier 3 water protection nominations?

People in four Alaska communities are trying to get the highest level of protection available under federal law for water bodies important to them. Outstanding National Resource Water protection, also known as Tier 3, shields waterways from any significant pollutants. But what happens with pending Tier 3 nominations is an open question. Listen now

Top athletes compete in Haines for Freeride World Tour

Big mountain skiers and snowboarders from around the world braved deep snow and steep slopes in the Haines mountains for the Freeride World Tour. Friday’s event took place after a week of waiting for unsafe snow conditions to settle. Listen now

After public testimony, House committee rejects proposal to cut school bond reimbursements

On Tuesday, the House Finance Committee changed course on a proposal to cut school bond debt reimbursements. The proposal would have left municipalities from Fairbanks to Wrangell with significant funding deficits. Listen now