I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

The strawberries are out of control, although that’s hardly a problem. The school board meets tonight at 6:00 to hold a retention hearing, and that is always hard. Also, the borough assembly meets tonight at 6:30. If, like me, there is a lot going on in your summer life and long, lovely summer evenings especially, and can choose just one meeting, I’d pick the Harbor Town Hall meeting tomorrow night (June 29) at 6:30 in the library. The former interim manager, who is now back at his old job of facilities manager, Brad Ryan, is hosting the event in which he will explain just what the 19 million dollar project is, and then host a Q & A. I have lots of questions, and some ideas on how to make the largest public works project in our community’s history be both functional and beautiful. I hope you do too–  (Below is a  similar, but smaller, steel wall in Skagway of the type the borough has chosen for Haines downtown waterfront between the cruise ship dock and current small boat harbor. The plans also call for a 3-4 acre waterfront parking lot in front of it.)

On Thursday June 30 the CIA holds tribal elections from 8am-8pm at the tribal office; the borough finance committee meets at  5:00 pm to discuss JR’s request to repeal the 1 % tourism and economic development tax; Becky’s Place abused women and children’s shelter holds a salmon bake fundraiser at the ANB Hall at 5:30, and there is an open house from 5:30-7 at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Also, Lynn Canal Community Players Summer Youth Theater Conservatory begins. Call Annette if you’d like to sign a child or youth up at 766-2708.

And this Friday is another First Friday event on Main Street (and all around town). There will be an exhibit at Joanie’s gallery, and an artist in residence has arrived thanks to the Arts Confluence, and they will host a meet and greet, and it may be a good opportunity to visit the museum, and see the 50 objects of importance in Haines history as well as the Artists of Mud Bay exhibit ( I think 19 of my Mud Bay Road artist neighbors are represented!)

The Firemen’s Texas Barbecue is Saturday at the fire hall, kicking off the festivities for Independence Day on Monday.

(And here’s something exciting, to me anyway, my editor from Algonquin Books is visiting Haines from July 3-8 for the first time and 3 books later, so she will get to see our Haines that she has read so much about.)