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Pot's big day approaches, but consumption questions remain

With less than two weeks to go before the first entrepreneurs can apply for an Alaska marijuana license, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board on Thursday approved the forms and documents that await those who seek to grow, test, sell and make products from Alaska’s newest legal crop.

by JAMES BROOKS

Alaska adopts new rules for dispersant use in oil spills

ANCHORAGE - Alaska oil spill responders have adopted new rules for the rapid use of chemical dispersant but say dispersant will continue to be considered only rarely when mechanical cleanup is not practical.
Dan Joling

Shotgun shooting leaves man wounded in Anchor Point

ANCHOR POINT - Alaska State Troopers are investigating a shooting on the Kenai Peninsula that left a man wounded. Troopers at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday received a report of a man admitted to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer with gunshot wounds.

Inmate suffers life-threatening injuries at Kenai prison

ANCHORAGE - An inmate at a prison in Kenai was transported to Anchorage after suffering life-threatening injuries in an assault. Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna just before 4 p.m.

Kenai Peninsula remains top location for affordable housing

KENAI - While the price for homes is cheaper in Fairbanks, purchasing a home in the Kenai Peninsula Borough may be the most affordable option statewide.

Police ID man who died in single car crash last week

ANCHORAGE - Police have identified the driver who died in a one-vehicle crash in South Anchorage last week. Police in a Thursday statement said 27-year-old Frank Bavilla III died in the crash near Dimond Boulevard and C Street on Feb. 5.

North Pole mayor pays overdue fine for campaign violations

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska mayor has paid an unusually large fine for campaign finance violations after regulators threatened to refer the bill for collection by the state attorney general.

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Pot's big day approaches, but consumption questions remain

With less than two weeks to go before the first entrepreneurs can apply for an Alaska marijuana license, the Alaska Marijuana Control Board on Thursday approved the forms and documents that await ...
By JAMES BROOKS

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Kenai Peninsula remains top location for affordable housing

KENAI - While the price for homes is cheaper in Fairbanks, purchasing a home in the Kenai Peninsula Borough may be the most affordable option statewide.

North Pole mayor pays overdue fine for campaign violations

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska mayor has paid an unusually large fine for campaign finance violations after regulators threatened to refer the bill for collection by the state attorney general.

Shotgun shooting leaves man wounded in Anchor Point

ANCHOR POINT - Alaska State Troopers are investigating a shooting on the Kenai Peninsula that left a man wounded. Troopers at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday received a report of a man admitted to South ...

Inmate suffers life-threatening injuries at Kenai prison

ANCHORAGE - An inmate at a prison in Kenai was transported to Anchorage after suffering life-threatening injuries in an assault. Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna just before 4 p.m.

Police ID man who died in single car crash last week

ANCHORAGE - Police have identified the driver who died in a one-vehicle crash in South Anchorage last week. Police in a Thursday statement said 27-year-old Frank Bavilla III died in the crash near ...

Alaska adopts new rules for dispersant use in oil spills

ANCHORAGE - Alaska oil spill responders have adopted new rules for the rapid use of chemical dispersant but say dispersant will continue to be considered only rarely when mechanical cleanup is not ...
By Dan Joling

State courts to adjourn at noon on Fridays

Alaska's court system will operate on half days every Friday starting July 1, Supreme Court Justice Craig Stowers told the Alaska Legislature on Wednesday.
By JAMES BROOKS

Report: Trees in Kodiak borough parcel likely to die

KODIAK - A recent report predicts a mass tree die-off on Kodiak Island Borough land that was scorched by a wildfire last summer.

Ahtna announces purchase of sand, gravel, asphalt company

ANCHORAGE - An Alaska Native regional corporation says it has acquired a sand and gravel company in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Ahtna Inc. says it has purchased AAA Valley Gravel, LLC.

Hollis man charged with driving through ferry security gate

HOLLIS - A 35-year-old southeast Alaska man suspected of driving a van through a security gate at a ferry terminal was arrested Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers say Kenneth Burchfield of Hollis ...

White House: Scrap drilling revenue sharing with Gulf states

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the ...
By CAIN BURDEAU

Dem joins GOP-led majority in Senate

JUNEAU - The Republican-led Senate majority has added another member: Democratic Sen. Donny Olson of Golovin. The move leaves four Democrats in the minority.

Man killed in police shooting was lawmaker's nephew

ANCHORAGE - A volunteer fire official who died in an officer-involved shooting in a northern Alaska community was the nephew of a state lawmaker.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Legislator's plan promises to halve state's swelling deficit

For 13 months, Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, has been working on a plan to use Permanent Fund earnings to partially balance Alaska's state budget.
By JAMES BROOKS

Jury selection begins for ex-UAF player's sex assault trial

FAIRBANKS - Jury selection has begun for the trial of a former University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey player accused of sexually assaulting a woman on campus.

Tribal officials train for domestic violence responses

BETHEL - Violence Against Women Act training is underway in Bethel for the first time since Alaska's Attorney General issued an opinion that state officials must uphold tribal protection orders.

Vehicle strikes, kills teen pedestrian walking along road

WASILLA - A 15-year-old boy walking on a road near Wasilla was struck and killed Monday afternoon by a vehicle. Alaska State Troopers said Austin Edenfield was pronounced dead at the scene.

Park proposes no increase for Glacier Bay cruise ships

Glacier Bay National Park is proposing no increase in the number of cruise ships allowed within the park in 2017.

Lt. Gov. Mallott speaks to Central Council today

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott is the featured speaker at today's noon Native Issues Forum hosted by the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Alaska comes in No. 5 on Lonely Planets top destinations for 2016

PHILADELPHIA - Lonely Planet gave some love to The City of Brotherly Love on Tuesday, ranking Philadelphia the No. 1 place to visit in the United States in 2016. "Philly's on a roll right now," ...

Obama budget: Money for icebreaker, villages

ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan praised the inclusion of Alaska items in President Barack Obama's proposed $4.1 trillion federal budget but said Tuesday he cannot support a new oil tax and some ...
By Dan Joling

Utilities seek ConocoPhillips stake in Cook Inlet gas field

ANCHORAGE - Two Anchorage-based utility companies have teamed up to purchase a portion of a Cook Inlet gas field under a $152 million deal with ConocoPhillips.

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Bill would require some Alaska students to repay scholarships

JUNEAU - Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require students to repay state scholarships and grants if they fail to graduate within six years of starting their programs. Members of the ...
By RASHAH MCCHESNEY

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