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Suzanna Caldwell

To Mike Davis, there’s something different about a summer sled dog.

Davis, a professor and the endowed chair of the Department of Physiological Sciences at Oklahoma State University, is one of the preeminent sled dog researchers in the country. For the last few summers, he’s spent time at kennels across Alaska, researching how sled dogs function. This summer, he been at the Happy Trails Kennel of four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser. He took muscle samples from Buser’s racing squad, stripping the cells down to their basic elements to get a better sense of how they produce the energy that allows them to race extraordinarily long distances day after day...

Suzanna Caldwell

In November, Alaskans will decide whether the state will become the third in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It’s controversial in that the drug is still illegal at the federal level, but also because it will essentially create a new industry -- or at least a newly legitimate industry -- in the state.

Consideration of legalization puts Alaska at the forefront of the movement to allow recreational marijuana sales, following Washington and Colorado. Oregon voters also will consider a similar measure and are set to vote on the same day Alaskans will...

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Chilly weather isn't enough to keep ducks out of open areas of the Chena River, which means it's not enough to keep scientists out either...

Suzanna Caldwell

Want to know how much tax revenue the state of Alaska stands to make if Ballot Measure 2, the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, passes in November?

Take a calculator and guess how many ounces of marijuana Alaskans will purchase in a year, then multiply that by $50.

Done? Then you're as close as anyone else to guessing how much tax revenue Alaska stands to gain.

Alaska Department of Revenue spokeswoman Lacy Wilcox said the agency is not planning to conduct a revenue forecast to estimate how much money the state would make if marijuana was legalized. The issue? The agency, which oversees the state treasury and matters of taxation, has no data on how much marijuana would be sold and therefore cannot estimate how much would be taxed...

Suzanna Caldwell

Proponents of an initiative that would legalize marijuana in Alaska are hoping to reach out to a voting bloc considered unlikely to support the effort: conservatives...

Suzanna Caldwell

Arrests for drug crimes in Alaska appear to have fallen since the turn of the millennium, according to a new report from the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center.

The report, released Tuesday , found that overall, the number of annual arrests dropped between 2000 and 2012, from 31,227 adult arrests in 2000 to 28,992 in 2012. The total number of juvenile arrests also dropped significantly, from 5,939 in 2000 to 2,661 in 2012.

The report also found drug arrests comprised a relatively small portion of overall arrests -- 4.8 percent for adults and 11.8 percent for juveniles...

Suzanna Caldwell

The Alaska Support Industry Alliance board of directors voted unanimously to oppose the ballot measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in Alaska.

Alliance General Manager Rebecca Logan said 29 of the board's 43 members voted to oppose the measure in a meeting last week. They also voted to oppose Ballot Measure 4, an act that would require the legislature to approve any large-scale mining projects in the Bristol Bay region.

The Alliance is an oil, gas and mining industry trade association that represents 500 companies and 30,000 Alaska employees. Logan said the board’s decision came after over 80 percent of members responded to a poll that marijuana legalization would impact their ability to hire Alaskans...

Suzanna Caldwell

KOTZEBUE -- When you talk to Michelle Woods, the fiery leader of the Teck John Baker Youth Leaders program, she will readily admit that when it comes to preventing suicides in Northwest Alaska, she doesn’t care about pissing people off.

At times that has put her at odds with communities when she fights to keep them from falling back on old habits, she said.

“Somebody has to stand up for these kids,” Woods said.

“I’m offended by suicide,” she added. “Let’s stop this from happening.”...

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KOTZEBUE -- When you talk to Michelle Woods, the fiery leader of the Teck John Baker Youth Leaders program, she will readily admit that when it comes to preventing suicides in Northwest Alaska, she doesn’t care about pissing people off...

Suzanna Caldwell

It’s hard to think of a better way to prove your conservative idealism than by shooting a gun, and Alaska politicians have taken note.

So far during this historic election season, a handful of candidates from across the state have released short videos during which they shoot things. A popular target appears to be something they already have in their political crosshairs -- bills and other legislation are popular targets -- though occasionally they make appearances for other, less obvious reasons...

Suzanna Caldwell

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