Haines-based hunting guide Larry Benda was hiking with his client, Glen Eckett of Texas, when Eckett fell, according to troopers. He sustained a non-life-threatening injury but was unable to hike back down. The two were on a ridge to the Northeast of Chilkoot Lake.
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is installing gates at Haines most popular bear viewing area: the Chilkoot River Corridor. It’s the first step in the effort to improve the road. While the work is happening this week, vehicle access is limited. But state parks staff say locals shouldn’t worry about the gate restricting access to the recreation area in the future.