Alaska News

The Race to Recovery: The Alaska Earthquake of Nov 30, 2018

This post is part of a series of sponsored by CoreLogic. A magnitude (M) 7.0 earthquake struck north of Anchorage, Alaska, on November 30, 2018. Located along the Ring of Fire which sees 81% of the world’s largest earthquakes, Alaska …

Alaska Marijuana Tax Revenue Hits $1.5M in August

Monthly marijuana tax revenue in Alaska hit $1.5 million in August, another new high. The state says the only time this year that tax revenue was below $1 million was in February. Cultivators pay the tax, imposed when marijuana is …

Alaska Cannabis Festival Under Investigation for Allowing Pot Consumption

Organizers of an Alaska cannabis festival who allowed adult participants to consume pot in public are facing an investigation and possible fine. The director of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office will recommend a penalty for Alaska Hempfest, a …

Alaska Marijuana Regulators to Discuss Onsite Use

Alaska regulators are set to discuss proposed rules for allowing onsite consumption of marijuana at certain shops in August. Regulators have gone back and forth on onsite use, adopting rules in late 2015 to allow people to use marijuana at …

Army Officer in Alaska Charged with Making Fraudulent Claims

A 40-year-old Army officer assigned to Alaska has been charged with making false insurance claims and pocketing nearly $400,000. Lt. Col. Christopher James DeMure is charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. He was arrested Thursday and held …

Alaskans Hear False Tsunami Warning on TV, Radio

Many Alaska residents were mistakenly warned on TV and on the radio Friday morning of a tsunami threat along the West Coast of the United States, from San Diego to Alaska’s Aleutian islands. The alert said at the end of …

Climate Change Suit Filed by Alaska Youth Heads To Court

The state has argued in court that a climate change lawsuit filed by 16 young Alaska residents should be thrown out because climate policies must be decided by the state Legislature and the executive branch, not the courts. The state …

Alaska Parents File Wrongful Death Suit over Daughter’s Death

The parents of a woman who died Jan. 1, 2017, are suing an Alaska nightclub, the Fairbanks Police Department and the Alaska Department of Corrections for sharing blame in the death of their daughter. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Michaela …

Alaska Storm Causes Estimated $10M in Damage

Damages from a recent storm in Alaska’s North Slope could end up costing more than $10 million, and a damaged road in the nation’s northernmost town could keep whalers from an important subsistence area. North Slope Borough officials say the …

Voters in Alaska Reject Local Marijuana Ban Efforts

Voters in some parts of Alaska rejected efforts to ban commercial marijuana cultivation and retail sales, three years after the nation’s largest state passed a voter initiative legalizing the recreational use of the drug. The votes this week came during …