Runoff from the December rains carried debris into the field, which sits below an old, decommissioned petroleum pipeline.
Last week’s storm and landslides revealed that much of Haines, where there are no building codes, wasn’t constructed with landslides in mind.
The Haines Borough requested helicopter backup from the Coast Guard and National Guard. Locals took out boats to help.
Since 2017, Haines police have been responding to calls from outside of the townsite, even though it is a violation of the town charter.
A brown bear cub was struck and killed by a driver in Haines recently. Wildlife trooper Trent Chwialkowski said the incident happened July 28 in the late evening around mile 9 of Lutak Road.
Haines’ loss of state trooper may trigger a major change to the way local police service is funded and structured. The trooper loss might result in an expansion of Haines police jurisdiction – from just the townsite to borough-wide.