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The public can now weigh in on Alaska’s first round of proposed marijuana regulations.

Local option law and marijuana definitions are the focus of the first wave of regulations, unveiled at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s meeting in April .

The proposed definitions include basics like what constitutes a “marijuana plant” and “edible marijuana product,” but also what it means to "possess" a plant or help someone grow marijuana...

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The Anchorage Police Department has arrested a 15-year-old male suspected of hitting an Anchorage cyclist in the face with a tree branch Monday.

The teen accused of assaulting 43-year-old Tim Kirk was taken to McLaughlin Youth Center on Tuesday, according to APD spokesperson Anita Shell.

“Following interviews with the suspects, and based on video evidence, police learned that a 15-year-old and his 16-year-old brother had skipped school with a friend yesterday,” Shell wrote. The teenagers had then gone walking along the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail...

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For 26 years, clients have passed through Anchorage hairstylist Joseph Williams’ salon chair, sharing their stories of life in Anchorage.

In recent years, those stories point to a broader picture, Williams said. A widening gap between the impoverished and wealthy; a greater struggle to stay afloat in Alaska’s economy; dehumanization and negativity flooding social media and the collective consciousness.

Williams wants to counter all that in the best way he can: By offering free haircuts to people in need...

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Roland Maw, Gov. Bill Walker’s controversial appointee to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, pleaded no contest last week to illegally obtaining resident hunting and fishing licenses in Montana.

As first reported by the Peninsula Clarion , Maw pleaded no contest to seven counts of license violations that he faced in Montana. According to the court order filed May 14 by Beaverhead County, Montana, Justice of the Peace Candy Hoerning, Maw purchased Montana resident licenses every year from 2008 to 2014. He claimed Alaska residency during those same years...

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An Anchorage cyclist was attacked by a teenager Monday morning while commuting to work on the popular Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail, according to Anchorage police and the cyclist's girlfriend.

Cyclist Tim Kirk, identified by his girlfriend Julie Saddoris, remained in the hospital Monday following the alleged attack.

Kirk, 43, was biking to work at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Anita Shell wrote in a release. He was about 80 yards west of the Goose Lake overpass, heading eastbound on the Chester Creek trail, when he came across three teenagers. One teenager was using a branch as a walking stick...

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An Argentine mountain climber was found dead at high camp on Mount McKinley Sunday, the National Park Service said.

Heraldo Javier Callupan, 39, of General Roca, Argentina, appeared to have died of “unknown medical issues,” Park Service spokesperson Maureen Gualtieri reported. Callupan was found lying in the snow in the middle of the camp, without visible signs of trauma.

Callupan had begun climbing the West Buttress route up the mountain on May 1. Other climbing parties said that he was headed up to high camp, at 17,200 feet, on May 6.

He was the only person camped at the site at that time, until May 10 when a two-person team arrived at the camp and found his body...

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The four people found dead in a South Anchorage apartment Wednesday were a young couple and two children, who all suffered gunshot wounds in what the Anchorage Police Department is calling a "domestic violence-related incident."

Anchorage police identified the deceased as Curtis Young III, 24; Desiree Leandra Gonzalez, 27; Zaiden E. Young, 4; and 17-month-old Zarielle A. Young.

In a news conference Thursday, Anchorage police Sgt. Mike Couturier declined to comment on who pulled the trigger or describe the murder weapon, though he said a firearm was found in the home.

“I’d love to talk about that right now but we’re less than a day into the investigation,” Couturier said. “It’s important not to draw conclusions until all the evidence has been looked at.”...

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This past winter was unofficially the least snowy on record in Anchorage, the National Weather Service Alaska Regional Office declared Wednesday.

“We’re pretty confident in this prediction,” NWS posted on Facebook . “We’ve never had more than half an inch of snow fall past this date at Anchorage’s official measuring station.”

Only 25.1 inches of snow fell during the 2014-15 winter season, NWS reported. That beat the previous low-snowfall record set in 1957-58, which saw 30.4 inches of snowfall.

The year with the heaviest snowfall on record was 2011-12, when 134.5 inches of snow were recorded...

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Two mountain climbers stranded on Mount Dickey in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve were rescued Monday evening after triggering a massive slab avalanche on the peak.

The two men -- Saxon Spellman, 27, and Michael Wachs, 24, both from Idaho -- weren't caught in the avalanche but found themselves stranded at 7,500 feet without a safe exit route, National Park Service spokesperson Maureen Gualtieri said.

They had triggered a “significant” slab avalanche that spread to slopes both above and below the climbers, said mountaineering ranger Dan Corn.

Corn described a slab avalanche as one that “looks like a cookie cutter” stamped into a mountain that then slides down the slope...

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A medical marijuana facility in Anchorage shut its doors Monday after the state warned that it would take enforcement action against the business.

AK Hydro Gardens closed on Monday morning, owner Ryan Smith said.

The company billed itself as a medical marijuana cultivation center. Medical marijuana cardholders would apply to have their plants grown in the Anchorage facility, and would pay a membership fee for the business to maintain their plants.

On the company’s website , Smith wrote that the business had been advised that “if we continue to grow excess amounts of marijuana in one location without a recreational license,” the state would “take law enforcement action.”...

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