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Legislators Prepare For Marijuana Regulation

Legislators Prepare For Marijuana Regulation

When it comes to marijuana legislation, Senate Judiciary Chair Lesil McGuire says the number one goal for her is to “implement the voters’ will.”

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December 3, 2014
Fairbanks Municipal Leaders Hold Joint Meeting to Consider Pot-Legalization Law

Fairbanks Municipal Leaders Hold Joint Meeting to Consider Pot-Legalization Law

Municipal leaders from all three local governments gathered for a joint meeting Tuesday night with about 120 citizens to talk about the state’s new marijuana-legalization law. The first-of-its-kind meeting was held so the leaders could talk amongst themselves, and with the audience, about how they’re going to put the law into practice.

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December 3, 2014

Anti-Corruption Measure Cleared For Signatures

Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative aimed at public corruption have been given the OK to begin gathering signatures.

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December 3, 2014

BOEM Report Says Chukchi Sea Drilling Runs Heightened Risk Of Large Spill

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding hearings around the state on lease sale 193, in the Chukchi Sea. In its latest Environmental Impact Statement, BOEM says there’s likely more oil there, but also more risk of a large oil spill.

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December 2, 2014
Compliance Ordered for Ketchikan Water Supply

Compliance Ordered for Ketchikan Water Supply

A compliance order from the state Department of Environmental Conservation spells out what the City of Ketchikan is required to do over the next couple of years to address ongoing water concerns.

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December 2, 2014

Walker, Mallott Sworn Into Office

It was a celebratory tone in Juneau today during the inauguration ceremony for Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott.

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December 1, 2014

Anchorage Assembly Member Pushes For Pot Ban In Municipality

The Anchorage Municipality may use its leverage as the state’s population center to influence how laws on commercial marijuana take shape in the year ahead.

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December 1, 2014

Native Municipal Leaders: Pot-Legalization Law Could Harm Youths, Communities

Alaska Native municipal leaders say a new state law that will legalize the use and sale of marijuana could damage people in communities. Last week they told an Anchorage attorney who’s researched the law that the tax it authorizes won’t raise enough money to repair that damage.

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December 1, 2014

EPA Regs Hit Fishing Industry, Unless Congress Meets Deadline

Alaska’s fishing industry is watching a deadline approach: Dec. 18. That’s the date tough new EPA regulations apply to commercial fishing boats, unless Congress intervenes.

November 28, 2014

Parnell to Walker: Use Guard Bureau Reform Recommendations

Gov. Sean Parnell says he doesn’t know what’s next for him, but he expects to keep working on the issues his administration prioritized.

November 28, 2014

Alaska Gov.-elect Walker names 4 to positions

Alaska Gov.-elect Bill Walker on Tuesday announced four new staff members, including an attorney general.

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November 26, 2014

Regional Committee Votes to Hold Governance Convention

The Calista-sponsored Regional Committee voted Monday to hold a Governance Convention next year to pursue the possibility of a creating a regional tribal government or making changes to the Association of Village Council Presidents.

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November 26, 2014
Unrest in Ferguson, MO in August 2014.(Photo via Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Creative Commons)

What Does Ferguson Mean to Alaska?

Even before the announcement was made about the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri, the Governor had declared an emergency for the area, buildings were boarded up and schools were closed in anticipation of a violent reaction. Police were ready in full military gear. In the aftermath, protests continue and questions arise. What do Alaskans think about Ferguson and the militarization of the police?

APRN: Tuesday, 12/2 at 10:00am

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November 26, 2014

Anti-Begich Ad in Voter Guide Prompts Bill to Ban Parties From Booklet

The state Division of Elections took some heat this year for publishing an attack ad against Sen. Mark Begich within the pages of the official voter guide. Now, Rep. Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat, wants to ban partisan ads in the guide, a booklet that’s mailed to every voting household.

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November 25, 2014
Kevin Jardell is entering his second legislative session as the City and Borough of Juneau’s lobbyist for state issues. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Lobbyist: State budget shortfall will affect Juneau

The City and Borough of Juneau’s lobbyist for state issues says Alaska’s budget woes may lead to conversations during the upcoming legislative session about tapping the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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November 25, 2014
Ketchikan Assembly Responds to Education Lawsuit Ruling

Ketchikan Assembly Responds to Education Lawsuit Ruling

A Superior Court Judge has ruled in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in its lawsuit against the State of Alaska over the state’s education funding mandate. The Borough Assembly talked about Friday’s ruling during Monday night’s regular meeting, and Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst calls it a “big win” for Ketchikan.

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November 25, 2014
NMFS Expands Fishing Near Steller Sea Lion Habitat

NMFS Expands Fishing Near Steller Sea Lion Habitat

The National Marine Fisheries Service will re-open fisheries in the Western Aleutian Islands that have been restricted for years to protect a population of Steller sea lions.

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November 25, 2014
Calista representatives Willie Kasayulie on the left and President Andrew Guy on the right. (Photo by Charles Enoch)

Calista Shareholders Reconsider Enrolling Descendants

Representatives from the Calista Corporation met at the Cultural Center in Bethel earlier this month with shareholders and descendants, to discuss the details of an upcoming vote on whether to issue shares to “afterborns,” those born after December 1971 when newly formed Alaska Native Corporations enrolled their shareholders.

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November 25, 2014

Judge Temporarily Halts EPA’s 404(c) Process on Pebble Mine

U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland issued a preliminary injunction Monday, temporarily halting the EPA’s 404(c) process regarding the Pebble Mine.

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November 24, 2014

Details Sketchy on Expanded Deferred Action for Undocumented Immigrants

Now, some undocumented immigrants may be eligible for an expanded deferred action program announced last week by President Barack Obama.

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November 24, 2014