ALASKA – OUTLAW STATE; HAINES BOROUGH RENEWS HELI SKI PERMIT FOR COMPANY THAT BROKE LOCAL AND STATE LAWS AND ITS OWN SAFETY PLAN; ALASKA STATE TROOPRES WILL NOT REOPEN AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE HELI-SKI ACCIDENT THAT KILLED TWO PEOPLE IN HAINES; US HELISKIING ASSOSIATION DECLIEND TO BECOME INVOLVED

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In an article in Chilkat Valley News, Haines Borough officials stated that they don’t have any expertise of safety standards for heliskiing.

CHILKAT VALLEY NEWS
Serving Haines and Klukwan, Alaska since 1966
BOROUGH CONSIDERS HELI-SKIING SAFETY
September 27, 2012 | Volume 42, No. 39 | View PDF
By Tom Morphet

Haines Borough officials last week addressed the topic of safety in relation to management of heli-skiing, following concerns raised by the family of a heli-skier killed in an avalanche during a tour in March.
Borough officials said the municipality isn’t responsible for ensuring safety during heli-tours, but they consider a company’s safety record in evaluating tour permit requests and in making allocations of skier days.
Among other questions, Alex and Natalia Dodov have asked why the borough didn’t conduct its own investigation of the March 13 accident. The borough requires heli-ski companies to submit safety plans in order to receive…

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