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Suzanna Caldwell

A group opposing a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in Alaska has finally staked its claim.

The group "Big Marijuana. Big Mistake. Vote No on 2" officially filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission Thursday. Their goal? Making sure Ballot Measure 2 fails this fall.

"When you look at the evidence, the harms far outweigh the benefits," said Deborah Williams, deputy treasurer with the group, said in an interview with Alaska Dispatch Tuesday...

Suzanna Caldwell

A high-speed car chase in Wasilla that started with a vehicle grazing two Alaska State Troopers on foot ended without any major injuries Wednesday night.

Michael Joseph Ingersol, 26, of Wasilla, was arrested Thursday morning after leading troopers on a high-speed chase through the Matanuska Valley. He was charged with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, felony eluding and four counts of third degree assault.

According to charging documents, Ingersol's chase began Wednesday evening when his mother contacted trooper dispatch to say that she no longer wanted her son at her Wasilla home...

Suzanna Caldwell

Perennial Iditarod contender Jake Berkowitz says when it comes to mushing he's done -- at least for now.

In a Facebook post Tuesday , the Big Lake musher announced he had sold his dog team to two mushers outside of Alaska. His racing team is going to Jason Campeau of Calgary, Alberta, who is planning to race the 2015 Iditarod. His yearling team will go to Ed Stielstra of Nature's Kennel in McMillan, Mich...

Suzanna Caldwell

Months after saying it would reassess its involvement in the controversial Pebble Mine project, mining giant Rio Tinto said Monday it has pulled its support and will donate its shares in the proposed Alaska mine project -- worth about $16 million today -- to a pair of Alaska charitable organizations.

Rio Tinto -- owner of a 19.1 percent stake in Northern Dynasty Minerals, which in turn owns the rights to Pebble prospect -- said it would donate its stake to the Alaska Community Foundation and the Education Foundation of Bristol Bay Native Corporation...

Suzanna Caldwell,Alex DeMarban

Supporters of a ballot initiative that would increase minimum wage in Alaska are worried a new bill from the legislature could take them back to square one.

The House Rules Committee Friday introduced House Bill 384, which mirrors the language of the ballot initiative that would increase Alaska's minimum wage by $2 over the next two years and adjust for inflation after that.

If passed, the bill would render the initiative null, and it would not go to voters in the fall...

Suzanna Caldwell

The weirdest parking lot exchange that Warren Jones ever engaged in involved a very unlikely commodity.

Consider the players: Jones, an Anchorage dad of two, a Facebook connection and 70 ounces of frozen breast milk in the parking lot of the South Anchorage Costco, delivered by the woman's sister's husband.

"It was really awkward for both of us," Jones said of the exchange.

But it's what Jones had to do to make sure his then-4-month-old son, Rowan, had access to the breast milk he needed...

Suzanna Caldwell

A Coast Guard report released Thursday shows that while a series of events ultimately led to the grounding of a drilling rig designed to drill in the Arctic, an “inadequate assessment and management of risks” was the biggest cause of the Kulluk grounding.

In a letter outlining the report from U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servido, the Coast Guard explained its findings related to the New Year's Eve 2012 grounding of the Kulluk, a conical drilling unit and then one of the centerpieces of Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic drilling operation...

Suzanna Caldwell

A Homer man appears to have fatally shot himself with an Alaska State Trooper's gun Wednesday night following a struggle.

According to a trooper dispatch posted Thursday morning, troopers responded to a complaint that a woman had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend in the East End Road area near Homer at around 8:17 p.m.

While the woman was able to leave the residence in a private vehicle, the assailant, later identified as 24-year-old Aaron Michael Rael-Catholic rammed his vehicle into the woman's car at about Mile 4 East End Road...

Suzanna Caldwell

When Elliot Wilson turned 30 last year, he decided it would be cool to learn something "different," so he decided to pick up unicycling.

With that in mind, the Fairbanks engineer spent last summer learning the basics -- how to balance, how to propel himself forward on a single wheel. Then he decided if he was going to learn how to use the device, he might as well have some goals for it, too. So when he and his friend both earned lottery spots for the White Mountains 100 , a ultra-marathon endurance race staged in Interior Alaska, Wilson figured, why not do it on a unicycle?

"I thought it would be a neat thing to do and just ridiculous," he said Tuesday from Fairbanks...

Suzanna Caldwell

The Blood Bank of Alaska is looking to new frontiers, and the latest frontier looks like a human breast milk bank.

The Blood Bank is still exploring a variety of options, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Norman Means, who first suggested the idea last summer. If passed by the bank's board of directors, it would be one of first human breast milk banks in North America to be housed within a blood bank.

Of course, there's still plenty to be done. The blood bank's marketing director, Ashere Chait, said the bank is currently finalizing a sustainability plan to present to the board, which should take the issue up sometime in the coming months. She said it's unclear at this point how much adding a milk bank would cost...

Suzanna Caldwell

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