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Our Good News Interview is with Katie Franciosi this Friday during the 9am, Noon and 6pm news hours. Franciosi, a Valdez High School Senior, recently won a writing contest and talks with KVAK about her journey through high school and how she discovered her love of writing and the outdoors.

ROOKIE COP PRAISED FOR HELPING BRING DOWN DRUG RING - VALDEZ – Officer Andrew Pritchett of the Valdez Police Department came to Alaska by way of Seattle. In February 2012, he and his wife moved up to Valdez so he could pursue his longtime dream of working in law enforcement. High school sweethearts, the snowy winters of Valdez did nothing to scare them away.
“I always wanted to be a police officer. I had two police officers who were kind of instrumental in my teen years,” Pritchett said.
When he was just six months out of training, Pritchett arrested 26-year-old Timothy Miller. That arrest would lead to convictions for Miller and five other people for charges related to drug trafficking. For a street cop in his rookie year of service, the arrest — and investigation that followed — was a remarkable accomplishment.

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VALDEZ - Beginning Tuesday, February 24, 2015, people age 21 and over can legally possess, outside of their homes, up to an ounce of marijuana and can grow up to six plants in their home (with up to three being mature, flowering plants). Adults may also give up to an ounce of marijuana and up to six plants to another adult. 
This week's City Council packet contains a bevy of information on the new marijuana law and has published public service information making it clear that marijuana is not legal for those under 21 and that one shouldn't drive while under the influence of marijuana. The public service announcement also provides common sense tips for marijuana. 

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CLICK HERE to read public service information tips on marijuana

News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
China: Mining and housing in the Arctic
Chinese companies have invested in a nascent iron-ore mining project in Greenland and in much-needed housing development in the Siberian city of Yakutsk. 
Finland: Gravel used on slippery streets leaves contaminants in spring
When hydrocarbons from auto traffic seep into the coarse road-sanding material, it becomes too contaminated to re-use and must be disposed of as hazardous waste.
Arctic development requires federal investment, Senate panel told
As Arctic waters open up for oil drilling, commercial shipping and even cruise ships, the United States needs to invest in icebreakers, maps and weather forecasting for the region. That was the consensus of senators, the Obama administration's Arctic envoy and expert witnesses during a Senate hearing Thursday.
Automated mosquito-zapping laser? Yes, please.
A new device promises to automatically track, and shoot down pesky mosquitoes with a burst of laser energy. It's perhaps the most high-tech way to massacre some mosquitoes.
Finland: Wind farm aims to limit harm to birds
The wind farm, to operate in an area important to migratory birds, will be augmented by a radar system that can put the brakes on turbines when avian flight patterns approach them.
Russian Arctic regions of Murmansk and Yamal widen cooperation
Leaders in the regions hope to capitalize on Arctic energy development and growing shipping activity in the Northern Sea Route, but they also have plans to improve the region's agricultural output and boost health care and tourism.. 
Russia boosts tourism business in Svalbard, Norway
A Russian coal-mining company that has long done business in the Norwegian archipelago has now branched out into the tourist trade. 
State proposes fees for aircraft landing at Deadhorse Airport
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is proposing a landing fee at the Deadhorse Airport, the aviation hub for the North Slope's oil industry, and some stakeholders aren't pleased with the idea.
Sanctions against Russia have cost Exxon Mobil $1 billion
The U.S. oil giant has paid dearly for its ill-timed partnership with Rosneft in various Russian oil projects  
China’s year in the Arctic
The Year of the Goat is now underway, according to Chinese tradition. A month-to-month review of the just-ended Year of the Horse shows how China is building its status as an Arctic player.  
Fairbanks Daily News
Light earthquake felt in Alaska's capital city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Seismologists say a light earthquake in southeast Alaska was felt in the state's capital city.
Bubbles from glacier ice turn up the noise in Alaska fjords
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Glaciologist Erin Pettit began a research project to find out what humpback whales heard when a big piece of ice falls from a glacier and crashes into the ocean. But the sound gene
Alaska congressman lashes out at members urging wolf protections
JUNEAU, Alaska - U.S. Rep. Don Young lashed out at congressional members who urged continued protections for the gray wolf in parts of the Lower 48, saying none is from a district affected by wolves.
Alaska lawmakers discuss federal issues with pot legalization
JUNEAU, Alaska - A state Department of Law official told concerned lawmakers that regulating marijuana shouldn't result in federal prosecution.
Alaska earthquake widely felt in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Seismologists in Alaska say a light earthquake was widely felt in the state's largest city.
Missing Sterling ice fisherman found dead in Hidden Lake
STERLING, Alaska - The body of a missing ice fisherman has been recovered from Hidden Lake on the Kenai Peninsula.
Poor road conditions keep several Mat-Su schools closed
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District again closed four schools Thursday because of continuing poor road conditions.
Feds indict 3 more in Vegas-Alaska cocaine distribution case
LAS VEGAS - A federal prosecutor says three more men have been arrested in what investigators say was a cocaine-distribution ring that operated for more than two years between Las Vegas and Alaska.
Hatcher Pass closed to motorized vehicles
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A lack of snow is keeping state officials from opening Hatcher Pass to motorized vehicles.
Alaska lawmakers discuss proposed new marijuana board
JUNEAU, Alaska - Lawmakers discussed Wednesday who would sit on a new marijuana board and what it might cost the state, during a first hearing on a bill that would create a new regulatory body.
Alaska lawmaker wants to limit seine vessel length
JUNEAU, Alaska - A Ketchikan lawmaker is proposing that no seine vessels longer than 58 feet can fish in state salmon fisheries.
Federal gas line coordinator taking new job
JUNEAU, Alaska - The outgoing federal coordinator of Alaska gas pipeline projects has a new job lined up.
Alaska receives AAA bond ratings from agencies
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska has received AAA bond ratings from three ratings agencies for general obligation debt.
Anchorage mayor's office explores selling trash utility
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's administration wants to set up a process to sell the city's trash collection utility.
Alaska National Guard taps Dunbar to help rewrite military justice code
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The attorney who challenged U.S. Rep. Don Young in the last general election has been picked to help overhaul Alaska's code of military justice.
Anchorage man sentenced for 2014 armed bank robbery
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 44-year-old Anchorage man who used a gun to rob a bank has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
Alaska Native corporation announces record dividend
BETHEL, Alaska - Calista Corp. officials say shareholders are receiving a record dividend.
Icy roads spur closure of several schools in Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Four schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District were closed Wednesday because of road conditions.
Senators say Alaska puts itself at risk with marijuana legalization
JUNEAU — The debate in the state capitol building about Alaska’s new marijuana law has caused some conservatives to side with an entity they generally abhor — the federal government.
Committee moves bill with 12 marijuana plant limit for household
JUNEAU, Alaska - A House committee has moved a bill that would limit households of two or more adults to 12 marijuana plants.
Daylight saving time bill springs forward in Alaska Senate
JUNEAU, Alaska - A Senate committee has advanced legislation that would eliminate daylight saving time and allow for consideration of another time zone in Alaska.
State, federal regulators ban Ketchikan eulachon fishing
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Alaska fishing regulators say there will be no legal harvest of hooligan around Ketchikan this year.
Report shows heroin use up among Alaskans
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A report recently released by the state says heroin use has increased among Alaskans.
Pay raise issue gets attention in Alaska budget hearing
JUNEAU, Alaska - Proposed cuts equal to employee raises in the departments of administration and education weren't included in a draft operating budget before the House Finance Committee.
Caribou antlers abundant in Alaska sale of animal parts
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An abundance of caribou antlers highlighted this year's Alaska Hide and Horn Auction, the state sale of seized pelts and antlers.

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