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Recommendations on how to respond to the possibility oil spills in the U.S. Arctic won consensus from a diverse committee that spent 18 months drafting the report. Yereth Rosen
Some Western Alaska leaders worry that a proposed ballot initiative to legalize marijuana will place undue burden in already strained rural Alaska villages.Suzanna Caldwell

Western Alaska leaders fret over marijuana legalization in rural communities

April 22, 2014 - 5:27pm -- benanderson
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Rural Alaska

Some leaders in rural Alaska -- including Iditarod musher Mike Williams Sr. -- are hesitant about the possibility of marijuana legalization, especially in remote communities where the sale of another substance, alcohol, is already banned.

The two North Slope villages have little radio activity, making them ideal for the observations made by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.Earl Finkler
But with the potential for a well-supplied market, there is some concern about the prices taking a hit from the higher numbers of fish forecast in 2014.Dave Bendinger
A new report says commercial maritime activity in Alaska's Arctic waters will likely be limited in the next decade due to high operating costs, lack of infrastructure, and limited demand for tourism.Yereth Rosen
The patrol vessel Stimson won't move to Kodiak, a move troopers had proposed to save money. Meanwhile a second vessel, the 120-foot Wolstad will be replaced by a smaller vessel.Jim Paulin
A 25-year-old Dillingham man, visiting Togiak to speak to others about his recovery, has been charged with breaking into the village clinic and stealing several prescription drugs.Dave Bendinger
Unplanned events -- like fixing or replacing a broken snowmachine -- come with the territory for scientists whose research takes them to broad, bare expanses of the North Slope's coastal plain.Ned Rozell
Students and teachers from Kotzebue, Kiana and Noorvik formed a snowmachine caravan, volunteering with the race and learning about mushing and its history.Jillian Rogers

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