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Marc Lester
Eielson beat Nikiski, 55-51, in the 2014 Alaska State Small Schools Championship football game.
The Soldotna High School football team won the medium school Alaska State Football Championship for the third straight time on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Dimond Alumni Field in Anchorage. The Stars defeated the North Pole Patriots 57-28 to win a state record seven championships. 
Marc Lester

DB3 produces drinks, drops and candies infused with marijuana’s active ingredient. Company co-founder Patrick Devlin talks about his product and his goals to expand, and gives a tour of his facility near downtown Seattle.What would legalized marijuana look like in the Last Frontier? Alaskans are in the midst of the debate surrounding Ballot Measure 2, the initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana. In late September, Alaska Dispatch News headed to Washington state to see how the fledgling industry is taking shape and how legalized marijuana is affecting the state’s economic and cultural landscape.See how legalized marijuana has played out in Wenatchee, Washington, in this video.Read more: Seattle cannabis edibles company hopes to bring product line to AlaskaWatch this video on YouTube or Vimeo, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more great videos. Contact Marc Lester at mlester(at)alaskadispatch.com.
Marc Lester
DB3 Inc. is producing edible marijuana products in a converted chicken salad factory in Washington.
Alaska Dispatch News

NASA | Mapping Alaska's Forests

NASA and the U.S. Forest Service have partnered to survey the Tanana Valley State Forest of Interior Alaska.The airborne investigation looks at fire-burned areas in the forest to enable scientists to see patterns of fire recovery and develop a benchmark for future changes to the region.
The Alaska Aces dropped five banners at Sullivan Arena on Friday night to signify their substantial success last hockey season.
Marc Lester
In Seattle, bus companies hope to capitalize on the new marijuana industry by providing tours and mobile smoking lounges.
Dimond outlasts Service 6-0 to win the Cook Inlet Conference flag football championship Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at Service. 
Alaska Dispatch News

Making the Most Out of Your Bear Canister

Alaskans tend to need a lot of gear for enjoying all the outdoors opportunities the state offers. While a bear canister might not be the most exciting piece of outdoor equipment, it is a handy way to protect your food, makes a great camp chair and is mandatory for food storage in a number of the state's national parks, including Denali, Glacier Bay and Gates of the Arctic.In this video, Sierra Trading Post shares some tips for using your bear canister -- including a suggestion that turns it from a simple container into a low-tech bear alarm.
Shannon Kuhn
 I never thought of Alaska as a real apple producer, but Edwards is proving it’s possible. 
Marc Lester
A few marijuana retail outlets have opened this year in Washington. Like Colorado, Washington’s law bans public use of marijuana. Smoking in vehicles is also banned. That means there’s nowhere for people to smoke marijuana save for private residences. Seattle police say they've focused on curbing public pot smoking through warnings, not citations.
Pat Race,Alaska Robotics

AKRN - The Deciding Vote

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of six Alaska Robotics News multimedia commentaries leading up to the 2014 general election. Look online for new videos each Monday and Thursday.I'm trying to have a conversation at Juneau's Alaskan Bar during a crowded open mic night. I'm making the right shapes but it's impossible to tell if the words are coming out of my mouth. It's just loud.The lead singer is perched on a wobbly stool with his face smushed up against the microphone. He's sweating like a beast and demanding attention through sheer force of amplification. The chorus is cliche but the words are 10 feet tall and impossible to avoid.He sings like he's running for U.S. Senate.I don't know why the messages become so simple and contrived in political races. It's as if we voters demand that all complex thought be boiled down to a sludge before serving. We invite the clanging and banging of the campaigns, the chest thumping candidates who make it a contest of who can do the most flips on a snowmachine rather than who can craft the best policy.Obamacare. Jobs. The Koch Brothers. These aren't thoughts, they're holes cut in a painted sheet of plywood for lazy politicians to stick their heads through. It's time we ask for more.Discourse is the exchange of thoughts and ideas through conversation. It's a concept that belongs in a science fiction novel. Fantastic creatures who can link minds and transfer knowledge through sound waves. Our aspiring leaders need to embrace this power and show us they can use it responsibly.I'm looking forward to more conversation and more debates as the election draws closer. I hope our candidates will work to distinguish themselves by thinking and communicating in meaningful ways. I want to see them as real people, I want to see them acknowledge and face complicated issues as if they were trying to solve a problem instead of sell a solution.It's closing time. The lights are up and the band is loading instruments into a dented van. This probably wasn't the best place to try to have a conversation, people don't come here for conversation.Created by Pat Race, Lou Logan, Aaron Suring, Jamie Karnik and many others, Alaska Robotics News is a political satire series focused on Alaska. The series was initially funded through Kickstarter and some cash donated in an unmarked brown paper bag. Alaska Robotics is a group in Juneau publishing short films, comics and many other creative works. Follow their projects online at AlaskaRobotics.com or in person at their gallery at 220 Front Street.The views expressed here are the writer's own and are not necessarily endorsed by Alaska Dispatch News, which welcomes a broad range of viewpoints. To submit a piece for consideration, email commentary(at)alaskadispatch.com.

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