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Anchorage's first marijuana shop opens, with only plants for sale

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:12:28 GMT

Owner Bryant Thorp, right, holds immature cannabis plants for approval from first customer Butch Gilmer, left, while employee Stanley Nero holds open a pouch as Arctic Herbery opens for business midday Friday. A small but steady stream of customers came to Arctic Herbery's opening Friday afternoon, Anchorage's first marijuana shop to open - even though the store was only selling cannabis plants, and no consumable marijuana.

Ask a Climatologist: With snow and cold, - it's Alaska again'

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:09:28 GMT

A pedestrian walks through a snowstorm on Dec. 7, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska. It's winter again in Alaska.

Obama creates 'resilience area' off Alaska, to protect Bering ecosystem

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:02:16 GMT

President Obama took action Friday to give Alaska Native villages more of a say in the federal management of marine resources in the Bering Sea. The White House announced Friday that Obama had used an executive order to create a Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area that will focus "locally tailored" protections on marine resources.

Board of Fish drafts support for habitat permitting reform

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:53:15 GMT

The Board of Fisheries is working toward a formal motion lending its support to a citizen-generated request for the Legislature to review the state's fish habitat permitting process. A group of 13 stakeholders from around the Cook Inlet region submitted a non-regulatory proposal to the Board of Fisheries requesting that the board ask the Legislature to update some of the provisions related to permits issued in fish habitat areas.

Climbers converge on Fairbanks gym for state bouldering finals

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:33:45 GMT

Anchorage climber Morgan Buwalda tries to climb a bouldering route on Saturday at Ascension Rock Club in Fairbanks during the Alaska Boulder Series State Finals.

Sarah Palin urges for prayer following two Alaska plane crashes

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:27:35 GMT

Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin asked for prayers for the victims and family members of those involved in two separate plane crashes in Alaska on Wednesday. "Please pray for loved ones of Alaska Rep. Mike Kelly, a very good man, a friend to all Alaskans, killed in plane crash yesterday.

Alaskans work the gears of Trump transition

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:33:15 GMT

A handful of Alaskans are circling the Washington and New York headquarters for president-elect Donald Trump in hopes of scoring a position - or influence of any sort - with the new administration. Over the last week, two Alaskans hoping to be tapped to lead the Interior Department came through Washington, D.C. - multimillionaire investor Bob Gillam and former Lt.

With a bevy of races this month and next, Alaska dog mushers gearing up for Iditarod

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:37:01 GMT

The first dog race of the season has come and gone already. Alpine Creek Lodge, at Mile 68 of the Denali Highway, hosted its Excursion race Saturday.

Missing small Alaska plane rented by the pilot

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:37:00 GMT

File - In this July 5, 2013, file photo is a glacier in Lake Clark Pass near Port Alsworth, Alaska. Authorities were searching Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, for a small plane with four people on board missing in the narrow, mountainous valley believed to be part of the airplane's flight path.

Congress passes defense bill expected to keep troops in Alaska, and give them a raise

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:36:59 GMT

The U.S. Senate passed a defense authorization bill Thursday that includes a slew of Alaska-focused provisions, including language that lawmakers hope will keep an embattled U.S. Army post in Alaska. The House passed the same conference report on Friday, and President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.

Census Bureau adds areas, languages to be translated for Alaska elections

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:29:18 GMT

More people who speak Alaska Native languages but who have limited English proficiency will receive translated sample ballots and other election material. That's due to changes the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Monday.

Alaska National Guard brings holiday cheer to Akiachak

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:50:07 GMT

Santa Claus traded his sleigh and eight motivated reindeer for an Alaska Air National Guard C-130 Hercules during a visit to Akiachak last Saturday. Saint Nick's journey to the Western Alaska village marked 59 years for Operation Santa Claus, an Alaska National Guard community-outreach effort dependent upon a legion of elfin volunteers as well as volunteers from Alaska businesses, non-profit organizations, and many who are supportive of the program.

Alaska Senate mourns loss of Statesman Mike Kelly

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:50:06 GMT

On behalf of the Alaska Senate Majority, Senate President Kevin Meyer released the following statement today on the tragic passing of Mike Kelly, brother of Sen. Pete Kelly. "We were saddened to hear of the sudden loss today of former Rep. Mike Kelly, with whom many of us had the honor and privilege of serving.

Accusations of fake news and Islamophobia fill Anchorage Assembly

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:34:51 GMT

Greg and Maleika Jones spoke to the Anchorage Assembly on Dec. 6 , asking for an apology from member Amy Demboski. The couple eventually received a standing ovation from the crowded chamber.

In looming fight over ANWR, a big unanswered question: how much oil is there?

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:00:56 GMT

The Porcupine Caribou herd in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain. The coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ranks as one of the most controversial chunks of land in Alaska.

UAF rape victim speaks out following investigation completion

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:39:35 GMT

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has completed its investigation of a campus rape case. Citing confidentiality rules, the university will not comment on the September 2016 case, but the victim is again speaking out.

Head of Alaska's Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office to step down

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:16:00 GMT

Cynthia Franklin, executive director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office, testifies during a hearing at the Anchorage LIO on Sept. 14, 2016.