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New School Board members sworn in

School Board President John Hischer swears in board members Darren Belisle, Kiara Selmer, Jaime Bricker during a special meeting on Oct. 7, 2016. Photo Courtesy of Skagway School District By Suzanne Ashe REPORTER Two newly...

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Jeff. Smiths Parlor hosts open house

Before and after restoration of Jeff. Smith’s Parlor Museum. Photo courtesy of National Park Service This week the National Park Service celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Earlier...

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Box of Rocks honors Maggio

Photo by Andrew Cremata This year’s Box of Rocks jaunt to Upper Dewey Lake was dedicated to the late TEMSCO Helicopters pilot Chris Maggio who for years took participants down from the lake after the grind up the mountain trail....

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Arts Beat: August 26, 2016

Congratulations SE Alaska State Fair Winners! Megan Barrett: 1st Place- Micro Macrame Necklace with Fossil Walrus Ivory Pendant. Lisa Mandeville: Photography awards;  2nd Place Wild Plant “Fly Agaric”.  2nd Place- Wild...

  • Mayor and manager head to SE Conference

    Mayor and manager head to SE Conference

    The Southeast Conference was held this week in Petersburg. Mayor Schaefer and Borough Manager Scott Hahn are attending. The regional group of communities and businesses will be hearing presentations on economic development and...

  • Ferry Float refurbishment set for fall 2017

    Ferry Float refurbishment set for fall 2017

    Without much discussion the assembly members voted unanimously to allow the ferry float refurbishment to commence in the fall of 2017. This was following a public discussion on the subject and input from the Marine Highway...

  • Sales tax holiday approved for winter

    Sales tax holiday approved for winter

    During a special meeting on Monday night, members of the assembly passed a motion declaring the period of October 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017, as a “Sales Tax Holiday.” This ordinance is only applicable to retail sales....

  • Skagway Borough News

    Skagway Borough News

    Proposed Senior Center bond ordinance passes Proposed Senior Center bond measure was on the borough agenda for the second time. The project, a 10,000-square-foot building to be designed as a meeting place with seven apartments...

Letter to the Editor: Rosemary Libert

Acquittal just the beginning As many of you know, I have been a part of Skagway for more than 30 years; meeting my husband, Karl, here in 1983, working for the National Park Service until 1985, giving birth to my first child at...

Hi Skagway, it’s me, Suzanne Ashe

BY SUZANNE ASHE REPORTER All children have heroes. Sometimes those heroes live on space stations, other heroes put out fires or play ball. My heroes brought down a United States President. As a child, my heroes were Bob Woodward...

  • Noreen Caposey

    Noreen Caposey

    Noreen Caposey is now eternally at peace after struggling many years with Alzheimers...

  • Heard on the Wind: Sept. 9, 2016

    Heard on the Wind: Sept. 9, 2016

    Plumbing realities So… do you have running water?” a customer asked in a crowded Broadway gift shop. “You’re kidding, right?” the owner replied. “Well, I watch reality TV shows on Alaska.” All others present were somewhat...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: August 26, 2016

    LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: August 26, 2016

    Reply to Assemblyman Henry’s letter             I guess I am a daisy from the cheap seats, but I am going to respond directly to Assembly member Henry because I want to make sure Assemblyman Henry gets the message. Your tax...

  • Skagway police blotter from Aug. 7 to 21, 2016

    Skagway police blotter from Aug. 7 to 21, 2016

    August 7 An officer responded to a woman reporting her dog had been taken from her husband’s vehicle and violently thrown to the ground. Charges are pending. A courtesy ride was provided to an intoxicated bar patron. A woman...

  • POLICE BLOTTER: August 12, 2016

    POLICE BLOTTER: August 12, 2016

    July 26 An ambulance was requested for an unconscious woman on Congress Way. Patient had left the area prior to ambulance arrival. A flood watch was issued for the Taiya River from the National Weather Service. A woman reported...

  • HOW: August 12, 2016

    HOW: August 12, 2016

      One Skagwegian over heard a visitor in town inquire as they strolled up and down the Broadway boardwalk: “How many jewelry stores can one town have?” A hungry vistor couldn’t believe their eyes: “Is that a real Safeway...

Box of Rocks run Sept. 25

By Suzanne Ashe REPORTER The annual end of the season Box of Rocks will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25. The quintessential run to Upper Lake cabin will have the usual fast- and slower-paced participants, a few dogs and kids, plenty...

New winter ferry schedule sees changes

JUNEAU – Skagway will see four ferries a week during much of the coming winter with service on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Friday. That’s an improvement over last year when lay-up of more ships reduced service to two or three...