Haines’ newly elected officials will take their seats Tuesday night.
The election results are set for certification at the beginning of the assembly meeting. It won’t mean much change in the makeup of the body.
Incumbent Mayor Jan Hill was re-elected, and two appointed Assembly members, Stephanie Scott and Sean Maidy, were voted in.
Brenda Josephson is the only brand new member. She will take the seat currently occupied by Ron Jackson, who did not run for re-election.
The Assembly will consider whether to permit new winter backcountry tours.
Alaska Mountain Guides wants to offer snowmachining tours, along with four-wheeler and backcountry skiing day trips.
The tours would take place in the 26 mile area, around Jarvis Glacier, Flower Mountain and Devil’s Elbow.
At least two residents have written letters in opposition to the tours.
An ordinance establishing a new process for heliski map amendments is on Tuesday’s agenda.
The ordinance would revise the heliski map amendment process. Instead of a special committee, two established groups would review map requests: the parks and recreation advisory committee and the tourism advisory board.
The two groups would consider input from federal and state agencies like the Department of Fish and Game. Then, they would send recommendations to the assembly, which makes the final decision.
Under the new process, people who submit heliski map requests would not be able to deliberate on the changes. That was an issue for the last map committee.
One major question is how new wildlife studies from Fish and Game will be incorporated into map decisions.
Biologists spent years tracking critical mountain goat and brown bear denning habitat in the Chilkat Valley.
The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Assembly chambers.
- It’s easy to access illegal drugs in prison in Alaska, Department of Corrections says. Commissioner Dean Williams says his department is trying to stop it.
- Towns across Alaska have to grapple with what to do once a known sex offender returns to the community after serving their punishment. Though there are clear limits in some areas, there are massive gray zones, as well.
- A pair of Sitka adventurers has just wrapped up a six-year odyssey in their own backyard. Eric Speck and Dan Evans are likely the first people to walk the length of Baranof Island, north-to-south. They did the trip in segments — hiking a total of 32 days — through some of the most rugged terrain on the planet.
- Technology that removes fine particulates from wood and coal stove smoke is being readied for testing in North Pole as part of a citizen science project.