Author: Elise Giordano

A letter of thanks

The Skagway Recreation Center would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many people and businesses that made Skagway Summer Camp 2016 yet another great year of fun, adventure, and learning. We could not have done it without the generosity of the community and deeply admire your enthusiasm in offering our group a wide variety of exciting opportunities away from school. In no particular order, thank you Stuart Brown at SMART bus and his drivers Andy, Elizabeth and Red for all the free rides around town. Thank you Elks Lodge #431 and Abby Jo Kramer for the $2,000 grant that paid for our transportation to and from Haines to go swimming each week. Thank you Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry, Stephanie Hawney, Tami Matthews, and the awesome people on board the boats for your discounted rate and excellent service to and from Haines. Thank you Sean Daniels and our amazing guides at Alaska Mountain/Chilkat Guides for the hike and float excursion, and Erin Redington and the just as amazing Alaska Excursions guides for the zip lining tour in Dyea. Thank you Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park and NPS Rangers Jason and Lyndsay for our weekly adventures and all the activities you developed to entertain and educate our group. Thank you Rae Ann Galasso and Haines Swimming Pool for accommodating our weekly trips and a special thanks to Mountain...

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On a personal note

My involvement in Skagway began with co-managing the Little League with Mitch Snyder. I became the Chairman of Community and Social Welfare for the Elks (resurrecting the Solstice Picnic), Inner Guard, Leading Knight, Exalted Ruler, Trustee, Chairman of Veterans Dinner for 21 years, Chairman and MC of Flag Day 21 years, auditing committee, house committee, bowling secretary and other assorted duties. I’ve been the Chamber of Commerce Director. I was an original member of the Senior Housing Center Committee, president and originator of the Skagway Booster Club along with Mitch Snyder, Karen Frizzell and Eileen Henry. I was the traveling radio announcer for boys and girls basketball games, coach of Intramural Basketball, cook for visiting basketball teams, auctioneer at halftime and assorted other duties. I’ve chaired or been a worker bee for somewhere in the neighborhood of 80-90 fundraisers, maybe more and then served on city council/assembly for 19 years. I’ve been the chairman of the Finance committee for the last 11 years. The chairman of finance, nor any other assembly member, have any direct involvement with city monies. The only direction one can make to myself and the city’s finances is that I was responsible for revamping the sales tax and reallocating the reserves into a better position. These two changes have resulted in an increase in city reserves to a better position. These two changes have resulted...

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Responsible parties meet with ADEC and agree to share information pertaining to harbor cleanup

  A closed meeting between the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and responsible parties regarding cleanup of Skagway’s ore basin has yielded no plan, but an agreement for all parties to share documentation. The Aug. 8 meeting was initiated by ADEC and requested the presence of the Municipality of Skagway, the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad, the Alaska Industrial and Export Development Authority, Capstone Mining, and Mineral Services, Inc., parties all responsible for the cleanup of legacy contaminants in the harbor. John Halverson, a contaminated sites environmental program manager with ADEC, said in a phone interview that Alaska has joint and several liability, which enables the state to recover damages from any of the parties regardless of their share in the problem, and extends to current and past owners and operators. “All of the parties that were at the meeting today were in the loop as having liability, and that’s one of the ongoing discussion points, how they would divvy up that work, who’s going to actually take the lead and do it,” Halverson said. Who will take the lead has yet to be determined. Kara Kusche, also a contaminated sites environmental program manager with ADEC, said while all parties had had some communication with ADEC, it appeared many had not spoken with each other in a long time. “One of the main milestones coming out of this...

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Assemblyman Dan Henry sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison

Assemblyman Dan Henry sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison Skagway Assemblyman Dan Henry has been sentenced to federal prison for 12 months and one day for failure to file his taxes for his business, the Skagway Fish Co. Henry was convicted on four counts of willful failure to file income tax returns between 2009 and 2012. On top of his time in prison, he will be required to pay $600,064 in restitution and will spend a year on supervised release after his sentence is complete. In a written statement to the court, Henry said heavy drinking and gambling resulted in a loss of money set aside for the restaurant’s 2005 season and tax payment. He wrote that he continually returned to Las Vegas in the hopes of winning his money back, but instead continued to lose. According to his letter, alcoholism has been a cause for dismissal from the Chicago Board of Trade and had resulted in a DUI conviction. He apologized for his conduct, and noted that there is no one to fill his shoes at the restaurant. Henry’s absence will be felt at the municipal level too. Having served on the borough assembly for almost 20 years, Henry’s current term ends in October 2017. He must report to a federal prison by Nov. 1. Mayor Mark Schaefer said what happens to Henry’s position depends...

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Police & Fire Blotter: July 29, 2016

July 12 Police sealed the hide of a black bear shot by a local hunter for AK Fish & Game. EMS transported a man who fell and cut his head near the airport terminal to the clinic. July 13 Police mediated a conflict between neighbors regarding who got to park where on the street. Police searched for a reported lost 7-year-old last seen near the library. Boy was reported later safe at his cruise ship, police are unsure how he got back. Police captured a dog from inside a store and returned it to the parked car from whence it had escaped from. Police unlocked a vehicle in which the key had been locked inside. July 14   Police searched for the party responsible for an unaccompanied 3-year-old wearing a camouflage onesie outside the NPS visitor center. Grandma appeared and claimed the child after about 20 minutes. July 15   A brown bear was reported twice (or two bears once each) in the Liarsville area. A guitar player dressed all in purple was reportedly playing for tips on the boardwalk near 4th and Broadway Street. July 16   Police attempted to haze a bear alarming campers at the NPS campground in Dyea (see separate story). July 17 Police quieted a noise complaint emanating from Alaska Street employee housing. Police advised a downtown establishment that while they were in technical...

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Klothes Rush