The borough manager says the team volunteered to keep working so that 911 calls would be answered locally instead of routing them to Fairbanks.
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.
Federal court documents allege that while he lived at Chilkat Lake, Panagiotou-Scigliano recruited minors to visit Haines that he had previously groomed for exploitation while living in Idaho.
Almost every day, sometimes twice a day, Haines residents are receiving alerts from the Haines Police Department that there is a bear in the area.
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.
How force is reported also varies by department. Some require a police officer to report the threat of force — such as if they unholster their gun and point it at someone. Others only consider actual physical force used.
The Haines Borough Police Department has officers on patrol or on call 24 hours a day. But at a public safety meeting last week, the department raised this question: Is that what Haines wants?
Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates as many as 15 bears roamed the Haines townsite this fall, causing a lot of damage.
When Alaska residents go through a severe mental health crisis, many rural clinics lack the resources to ensure their safety. About 10 patients are held in the Haines rural jail each year awaiting transport to hospitals.
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.