Museum staff had secured an electric fence to put up around the 100 year old tree, but it was stolen from the porch the day before.
Last year Haines police got 185 bear-related calls, which was more than double the 2018 number. This year there have already been more than 200.
Two weeks ago, Haines ordered borough police not to provide service outside the Haines townsite. On Tuesday, the assembly decided police can respond to calls outside the townsite if there is an articulable crime in progress or an imminent threat to life or property.
Highly-addictive opioids including fentanyl, morphine and oxycodone were stolen from the Haines SEARHC Clinic during a break-in late last week. The Haines Police Department has warned first responders about the increased potential for drug-related emergencies because of the incident.
The question has been looming since December: will Haines lose its only Alaska State Trooper? The final answer is yes. The division chief said amid a shrinking budget, Haines’ level of crime isn’t great enough to maintain the local trooper post.
The $22,000 audit, by Gregory Russell of Soldotna-based Russell Consulting, is pushing the borough government to reckon with how to improve the many shortcomings of the Haines PD.
The Haines Borough Police Department and dispatch services could face a dramatic funding loss under Gov. Bill Walker’s proposed budget.
A former Haines Police officer with a questionable work history was recently hired by the state for a high level security position.