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Alaska pot legalization vote pushed back to November, along with minimum wage hike

A ballot initiative that could make Alaska the third U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana will go before voters in a general election in November rather than in August as previously scheduled, officials said on Monday. The move means that a broader swath of the public is likely to vote…

Recreational marijuana proposal to appear on Alaska ballot in August

By Steve Quinn (Reuters) – Alaska voters will decide this summer whether America’s Last Frontier will become the third U.S. state to legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana for adults under a proposal that officially qualified on Wednesday for a statewide ballot. Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell formally…

More than 1,000 fish killed by Alaska summer heat wave

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska’s summer heat wave has been pleasant for humans but punitive for some of its fish. Overheated water has been blamed for large die-offs of hatchery trout and salmon stocks in at least two parts of the state as hot, dry weather has…

Archeologists find 200-year old probable Inuit village in Alaska from before contact with whites

Archeologists have found a village near the Kobuk River that may pre-date any Western contact in Alaska, likely dating back to the late 1700s or early 1800s, Alaska Public Media reported on Thursday. Dr. Doug Anderson, professor of anthropology at Brown University, told the radio station, “In some other areas…

Fukishima radiation ruled out, for now, as cause of Alaska seal deaths

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Preliminary tests appear to rule out radiation from Japan’s tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant as the cause of mysterious deaths and illness that struck scores of Alaska seals last year, federal officials said on Friday. Preliminary tests of tissue samples from animals that fell victim to…

Alaska: The Biggest Cult On Earth

What’s the craziest shit you’ve heard about Sarah Palin? Because fuck that weak shit, this is crazier. Had lunch with a couple who had just been to a law-school reunion in California (Stanford). They met a classmate who, immediately after law school, moved to Fairbanks and has practiced there ever…

Sarah Palin’s diversity in action as governor: cronies and classmates – and definitely no blacks

(UPDATE: I highly recommend reading Alaskan Amy Jones’s well-researched blog about this topic.) While there aren’t a lot of black people living in Alaska (4.46%), it would be interesting to know what Governor Sarah Palin thinks of her taxpaying black citizens and her approach to inclusion. Wait no longer. The…

The Home Of The McCain Campaign In Alaska

I’m generally pretty sensitive about the intersection of campaigning and governing, which makes the Alaska Governor’s splash page all the weirder. It’s not over-the-top, but by any reasonable standard, it’s a pretty clear campaign statement: “It is the honor of my life to represent you as your Governor, and over…

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