The Haines Assembly is pushing back on a proposed timber sale on the Chilkat Peninsula. The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres of land for harvest. But at a meeting Monday, the local government said it will explore its legal options if a contract is awarded.
The Haines Assembly is holding a special meeting this week to discuss what the borough manager has called a “politically motivated” proposed timber sale. The University of Alaska is offering 400 acres of Haines-area land for timber harvest. The land is located on the Chilkat Peninsula and abuts many residential properties.
The results of Haines’ special recall election were certified Tuesday night. The effort to unseat Assembly members Heather Lende, Tresham Gregg and Tom Morphet failed, with about 60 percent voting against the recall.
After a contentious recall vote Tuesday, three embattled Haines Borough Assembly members will continue to serve out their terms. Nearly 60 percent of Haines voters rejected the allegations of official misconduct.
Haines voters will decide Tuesday whether to recall half their borough Assembly. Three Assembly members are accused of misconduct in office. But the discontent driving the recall is about much more than the official charges. And the recall leaders have repeatedly refused to defend their views on the record.
Haines will have a special recall election on August 15. Borough Clerk Julie Cozzi announced Friday evening that petitions to recall three Assembly members had been certified. That means each petition had signatures from at least 258 registered Haines Borough voters.
A group of Haines residents is trying to recall half of the borough assembly, including the two newest members. Resident Don Turner Jr., along with nine other people, signed three requests for recall petitions. They accuse Assembly members Tom Morphet, Heather Lende and Tresham Gregg of misconduct in office.
A waterfront trail and park in Haines is estimated to cost close to $6 million, that’s based on plans developed during two rounds of meetings between designers and the community. The preferred plan includes a path on top of the breakwater in the harbor, and a Chilkat blanket design as a unifying theme.