AD Main Menu

Suzanna Caldwell

An ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in Anchorage failed after four hours of public testimony and debate in Assembly chambers Tuesday night.

The Assembly voted 9-2 just after 10 p.m. to kill the measure. Only members Amy Demboski and Paul Honeman supported the measure.

Demboski introduced the proposal last month, hoping the city would take a “wait and see approach" as state lawmakers craft marijuana regulations.

But several Assembly members expressed concern that a ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding marijuana regulations at the state level.

“I’m fearful the message on ‘opt out’ will send key legislators in Anchorage to the sidelines,” said Assemblyman Bill Starr. “That will make my work harder.”...

Suzanna Caldwell

The Anchorage Assembly has a new chair.

Midtown Assemblyman Dick Traini was elected to lead the Assembly at its regular Tuesday night meeting. Elvi Gray-Jackson, also representing Midtown, was elected co-chair.

The secret ballot was the first action of the meeting, a carryover of a last-minute bid to change the chair at the Dec. 3 regular Assembly meeting . The clerk's office could not finish counting votes before time ran out on the meeting, leaving Patrick Flynn as chair...

Suzanna Caldwell

Residents of Alaska’s largest city will get a chance to testify on whether commercial marijuana facilities should be banned just a month after the state's voters chose to legalize sales...

Suzanna Caldwell

Residents will get a chance to testify Tuesday on whether the Anchorage Assembly should vote to ban commercial marijuana facilities in Alaska’s largest city.

The ordinance, introduced by Eagle River Assembly member Amy Demboski, has caused supporters and opponents of the initiative, just weeks past the election, to regroup around the measure.

Demboski’s ordinance, if approved by the Assembly, would allow the city to accept the “opt out” provision of Ballot Measure 2, the initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in Alaska...

Suzanna Caldwell

A group of Kenai Peninsula citizens interested in airing concerns over legalized marijuana ahead of any move on the part of local lawmakers to regulate cannabis plan to meet next week to discuss future steps.

Soldotna trial attorney Eric Derleth announced he would be hosting a town hall meeting to allow participants with differing views to discuss the impacts of marijuana legalization. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kenai Central High School...

Suzanna Caldwell

Alaska’s history with legalizing marijuana has always been complicated, but The Atlantic is here to help. Cartoonist Josh Kramer put together an illustrated guide to the history called “Tundra Green.” In it, Kramer recounts (in mostly all green) Alaska’s weed history starting with the 1972 arrest of Irwin Ravin, who went on to challenge Alaska’s marijuana possession laws. That challenge went all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court, who ruled in the landmark Ravin v. State that Alaskans' right to privacy protects the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the home...

Suzanna Caldwell

With a new plan to secure public financing instead of private, the Knik Arm Crossing project is refreshing its data set and presented new studies Monday that followed up on similar studies conducted in past years.

What it came away with was more up-to-date information on projected population and job growth, as well as updated revenue forecasts if a bridge from Anchorage to Point MacKenzie is constructed -- or not...

Suzanna Caldwell

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has been busy since Alaskans voted to legalize marijuana in November. Members have been inundated with questions, moving swiftly to provide information to the public and working to inform themselves in order to begin crafting marijuana rules when the ballot initiative goes into effect in February.

But what kind of work they’ll actually have to do remains unclear if a bill pending from Sen. Lesil McGuire goes through...

Suzanna Caldwell
Primary Category: 

A fire destroyed the only store in the rural Alaska village of Kivalina on Friday morning.

Alaska State Troopers said in a dispatch they received reports that the volunteer fire department was responding to a fire at the Kivalina Native Store at 2 a.m. Friday...

Suzanna Caldwell

A fire destroyed the only store in the Northwest Alaska village of Kivalina on Friday morning.

Alaska State Troopers said in a dispatch they received reports at 2 a.m. Friday that the volunteer fire department was responding to a fire in the Kivalina Native Store.

According to troopers, by the time the crew arrived, the building was engulfed in flames. Firefighters focused their efforts on keeping the fire from spreading to other buildings.

The building is a total loss, according to troopers. Troopers from the Kotzebue post and a Northwest Arctic Borough village public safety officer began their investigation into the cause of the fire Friday...

Suzanna Caldwell