Anchorage police cite three for public pot smoking

JUNEAU ? The legalization of marijuana in Alaska didn't go as flawlessly as first thought. Anchorage police said in a release that officers issued two citations Tuesday night, but later updated that figure to three.
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Today in sports history for Thursday, Feb.26

1935 - Babe Ruth is released by the New York Yankees and signed by the Boston Braves. 1938 - Glenn Cunningham sets a world indoor records in 1500-meter race at the AAU nationals at New York's Madison Square Garden. Cunningham finishes in 3:48.4.
Sports on TV for Thursday, Feb. 26

GOLF 10 a.m., TGC - PGA Tour, The Honda Classic, first round, at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 1 a.m., TGC - Honda LPGA Thailand, second round, at Chonburi 1 a.m.
North Pole Refinery tax assessment cut by more than half

FAIRBANKS - A proposed property assessment for the idle oil refinery at North Pole is valuing the land and buildings at less than half of what they were worth last year.Flint Hills Resources Alaska stopped refining crude oil at the plant in June.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported the lower assessment will mean sharply reduced tax revenue for North Pole.In the past, taxes on the property accounted for about 40 percent of the city's tax revenue.The refinery in 2014 was assessed at nearly $108 million.
Lack of snow, warm weather plague Iditarod plans

FAIRBANKS - Warm weather continues to play havoc for organizers of the world's most famous sled dog race.
Alaska Airlines to maintain essential service in SE

...facing budget cuts. Some proposed changes to AMHS service that would affect these communities, as reported by the Associated Press on Feb. 10, include reduced mainliner service to some Southeast communities and reduced fast ferry service in Southeast...
Hawaii lawmakers seek exemption from maritime shipping law

LIHUE, Hawaii ? Hawaii lawmakers again are urging the federal government to exempt the islands, along with Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam, from a provision in a maritime law that is designed to protect the U.S.
Judicial council seeks applications for Anchorage bench

JUNEAU - The Alaska Judicial Council is taking applications for an Anchorage superior court judgeship.The council, in a press release, said the applications are for the seat now held by Judge Philip Volland, who is retiring.Applications are due March 16. The council will then seek public comment and review the backgrounds of the applicants. Applicants also will be interviewed and the council ultimately will vote to send at least two names to the governor for consideration.
Ketchikan school board recommends age for bus drop-offs

KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan School Board has voted to recommend kindergarten as the minimum level for student bus drop-offs.KRBD reported the recommendation was made with a vote of 4-to-2 Wednesday night.The decision followed a tied vote on the issue and a lot of discussion.The question was presented to the board by First Student, the bus company used by the school district.A company representative asked that a minimum age be set for students to be dropped off or picked up alone.The representative originally recommended third-grade.
Asia-bound cargo ship held in Alaska harbor amid inquiry

ANCHORAGE - A cargo ship picking up seafood to take back to Asia has been detained in an Alaska harbor amid an environmental crimes investigation, federal prosecutors said.The Coast Guard conducted an inspection of the 600-foot Lindavia when it stopped in Dutch Harbor, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis said Wednesday that the Coast Guard found deficiencies and other issues requiring further investigation. He said he could not provide further details as the investigation continues.


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