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Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board has issued a new set of draft regulations dealing specifically with marijuana retail facilities.

The regulations were issued Thursday as the board hosted its first meeting in Fairbanks. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and Marijuana Control Board director Cynthia Franklin said in the meeting the draft regulations will be open for public comment July 7 through Aug. 8.

The regulations announced Thursday cover a variety of issues related to retail businesses selling marijuana, including who can obtain a marijuana retail license, marijuana handler permits, health and safety standards, hours of operation and restrictions on advertising...

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The state of Alaska’s appeal of a court case that struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage is officially over.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday accepted a joint notice to dismiss the case. The notice was filed by both the Alaska Department of Law and attorney Allison Mendel, who represented the five couples who filed suit against the state in May 2014 ...

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With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide , Alaska’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates celebrated Friday with eyes on the local implications of the ruling.

Caitlin Shortell, one of three attorneys who represented plaintiffs in the Hamby case that struck down Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban , said she was elated. Fellow attorney Allison Mendel said she was still in shock, despite figuring the ruling would be announced Friday and having said for months it was only “going to go one way.”...

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Oct. 20, 2014: Wedding licenses are officially issued. Stephanie Pearson and Courtney Lamb, two plaintiffs who challenged the same-sex marriage ban, pick up their completed marriage license and legally wed moments later . The couple is likely first same-sex couple in Anchorage to wed.

Oct. 22, 2014: The state of Alaska officially files for en banc review from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, asking the court to consider Alaska’s case separate from Latta v. Otter...

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For the third time in less than a year, a rainbow pride flag flying outside a prominent Anchorage LGBT outreach organization was vandalized Tuesday morning.

The flag, which represents diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, was found half burned outside Identity Inc.'s Gay and Lesbian Community Center on Fifth Avenue.

Identity Executive Director Drew Phoenix said the flag, which typically hangs over the building's entrance, was burned sometime between 7 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday...

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The Alaska Moose Mamas have a singular mission: to raise orphaned urban moose calves and release them into rural areas of the state suffering from flagging moose populations...

Suzanna Caldwell

The Alaska Moose Mamas have a singular mission: to raise orphaned urban moose calves and release them into rural areas of the state suffering from flagging moose populations.

In the process, the group is trying to shake associations with its occasionally troubled predecessor , the Alaska Moose Federation, but an intertwined history and a similar mission have made that a challenge. And the nascent organization is also dealing with an ongoing debate about whether Alaska’s wildlife should be nurtured by humans or left to fend for itself...

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WILLOW -- With the Sockeye fire still unpredictable late Monday, mushers who frantically evacuated their dogs Sunday afternoon waited to hear whether their kennels still stood and whether they’d need to seek further refuge as the fire moved through the Susitna Valley.

The fire destroyed at least six kennels in one mushing neighborhood, according to Justin High, who lost his kennel and the home he had just begun to rebuild after a December house fire .

Other mushers searched the Mat-Su and beyond for refuge as they waited for news...

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A group looking to ban commercial setnets in Alaska's urban areas submitted 43,000 signatures to the Division of Elections on Wednesday, asking that voters consider the ban in the August 2016 primary election.

The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance needed to submit only 30,000 signatures to advance the effort. The Division of Elections now has 60 days to verify the signatures and determine whether the issue can go on the ballot...

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There are still no clear answers as to what caused the death of two dogs on four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey’s team during the 2015 race.

In a news release Monday afternoon, Iditarod Trail Committee Chief Veterinarian Stu Nelson wrote that following evaluation of tissues collected from Mackey's dogs Wyatt and Stiffy, veterinarians found nothing that could definitively identify what caused the deaths. The two deaths were the first dog deaths on the trail since 2009. In 2013, a dropped dog from musher Paige Drobny's team that was left in the care of race officials died after it was left unprotected from blowing snow in frigid subzero temperatures in Unalakleet...

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