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Arctic policy commission submits report

JUNEAU - The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission is recommending the state take several steps to enhance Arctic communities in its final report, which was delivered to the Legislature on Friday.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-01/arctic-policy-commission-submits-report
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Halibut catch sees first increase in decade

JUNEAU - Fishermen in Alaska will have access to slightly more halibut this year than last. The International Pacific Halibut Commission voted Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a total catch in Alaska of 21.215 million pounds, up from 19.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-02-01/halibut-catch-sees-first-increase-decad
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Criminal pot bills put on hold for rewrite

JUNEAU - Bills that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana have been put on hold while lawmakers wait for a new draft that better reflects the intent of voters. During a joint session of the House and Senate Judiciary committees Wednesday, Rep.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-29/criminal-pot-bills-put-hold-rewrite
State | AK legislature
Official presents ideas for marijuana regulations in Alaska

JUNEAU - The head of the board currently in charge of writing regulations for the legalized use of recreational pot in Alaska said Tuesday that rules on edibles, advertising and extraction methods should be part of the conversation.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-28/official-presents-ideas-marijuana-regul
State
Senators take first crack at pot rules

...Katie Moritz at 586-1821 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com. Follow her on Twitter @katecmoritz. AP reporter Molly Dischner contributed to this report. Legalization timeline? Feb. 24, 2015 - Marijuana use and posession is legalized and...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-23/senators-take-first-crack-pot-rules
State | AK legislature
Legislative ethics committee mulls fine collection

The legislative ethics committee will discuss options for collecting unpaid fines levied against lawmakers.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-21/legislative-ethics-committee-mulls-fine
State
Lawmakers want bill to decriminalize marijuana fast tracked

JUNEAU- Alaska lawmakers hope to fast track a bill that would decriminalize marijuana, but legalization advocates disagree with the way legislators propose going about it.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-25/lawmakers-want-bill-decriminalize-marij
State | AK legislature
Ferry system plans new fare structure, reservation system

JUNEAU - Alaska ferry rates are due to change over the next several years in an effort to make them more equitable throughout the state, ferry system officials said Thursday. Fares on most routes will increase 4.5 percent this summer.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-23/ferry-system-plans-new-fare-structure-r
State | AK legislature
Ethics panel eyes how states collect fines

JUNEAU - A legislative committee that can fine Alaska lawmakers for ethics violations now wants a way to collect, but members couldn't agree on how to do that during a meeting Wednesday in Juneau.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-22/ethics-panel-eyes-how-states-collect-fi
State
Photo: Tenth Street Trees

Molly Minick, 11, left, inspects one of the Christmas trees for sale outside her home on Monday. Minick, along with her brothers...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-25/photo-tenth-street-trees
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