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The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Malaspina in Tracy Arm Fjord.

Ferry sailings take budget hit

A budget cut to the Alaska Marine Highway System means several Southeast Alaska communities likely will lose service for a month of the coming year, and all of the region's communities will be impacted in some way.

by KATIE MORITZ

One 'pot puppy' given new duties

A drug-sniffing dog that worked for the Alaska State Troopers has a new gig tracking contraband in prisons now that marijuana is legal in the state.
KATIE MORITZ

Gov. Walker appoints marijuana board members

Gov. Bill Walker has announced his picks to draft the regulations guiding the state's new commercial marijuana industry, and the list includes a sitting City and Borough of Juneau assemblyman.
JAMES BROOKS

Walker uses veto ax on oil tax credits

JUNEAU - Gov. Bill Walker is limiting the amount available to pay for oil and gas tax credits this fiscal year, saying Wednesday that no sector of the state would be untouched by Alaska's current budget situation.
Becky Bohrer

Ballot measure oversight leaves villages unable to prohibit pot sales

Alaska's new marijuana control board meets today for the first time, and on its agenda is a long list of problems facing the establishment of a new industry. One of those problems is an issue that can't be fixed by the board.
JAMES BROOKS

Coastal erosion threatens northern Alaska

ANCHORAGE - Erosion is eating away at Alaska's northern coast at some of the highest rates in the nation, threatening habitat and infrastructure, according to a new report published Wednesday. The U.S.
RACHEL D'ORO

Teacher accused of raping student released on bail

A former music teacher accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting one of his Nikiski Middle-High School students has been released from jail.
RASHAH MCCHESNEY

Mat-Su cuts price of unused ferry after years without buyer

PALMER - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough still hasn't found anyone interested in buying their M/V Susitna ferry, but officials hope knocking a few million dollars off the price tag will help.

Polar bears could feel global warming's bite by 2025

ANCHORAGE - About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a U.S. government report shows. The U.S.
MARK THIESSEN
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