Local News in Haines Alaska

Haines Alaska
Chilkat Valley News

Our weekly newspaper serving the Chilkat Valley/Haines Borough area of Southeast Alaska. The paper principally serves the communities of Haines, where it is published, and Klukwan, a Tlingit Indian village 23 miles west of Haines.

The newspaper features local news and "Duly Noted," an about-town column penned by locals in the know. The Chilkat Valley News is also one of a handful of independently owned newspapers in Alaska.

The newspaper was founded in 1966 by Haines schoolteacher Ray Menaker and a student printer, Bill Hartmann. The first edition appeared January 3 without a title, instead asking readers to choose a name from a list of 18 suggested ones, including Haines Independent Grapevine and Lynn Canal Drift.

Menaker sold the newspaper in the mid-1980s to Bonnie Hedrick. In 2012, Hedrick sold the paper to Tom Morphet.

In June 2017, Kyle Clayton, the current editor and publisher, bought the paper from Morphet.

The paper is printed in Petersburg, Alaska and published on Thursdays.

The Chilkat Valley News has won numerous awards from the Alaska Press Club, including Best Weekly Newspaper.


KHNS is the region's only local radio station and offers a wide variety of programming. Local news is produced by staff in Haines, but also covers Klukwan, & Skagway, which is 14 miles from Haines via Ferry.

KHNS receives statewide news from the Alaska Public Radio Network, national news from National Public Radio, and international news from the BBC. KHNS also subscribes to a variety of nationally syndicated shows. The station also produces local music shows in a variety of genres.