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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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News Watch
Anchorage Daily News
Risks too high with Rosneft, Norwegian drilling company says
A $4.1 billion deal with the Rosneft, announced last year, is now undermined by sanctions against Russia and other economic problems in that country, Norway's North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. says. 
Asian tourists flock to Rovaniemi in Finland’s Arctic
The Russian economic meltdown and the collapse of the ruble means Russian tourists are no longer streaming to Finnish Lapland for winter getaways, but travelers from Asia and elsewhere have taken their place. 
Federal agency envisions targeted Arctic lease sales that will avoid serious conflicts
A fresh new five-year plan for oil and gas leasing in the nation’s outer continental shelf features what federal officials hope will be a less controversial approach to oil exploration in Arctic waters, the Alaska director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Monday. 
Cleanup planned this spring for 6 Arctic legacy wells
Cleanup work is scheduled to start this week on six abandoned legacy oil wells that date back more than a half-century and are located near the settlement of Umiat.
Environmentalists sue Port of Seattle over Shell's Arctic drilling fleet
Several environmental groups say they're suing the Port of Seattle to prevent Royal Dutch Shell PLC from using Seattle's waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.
Canadian village's self-government agreement clears first reading
The mostly Dene community of Deline is expected to be the first in Canada's Northwest Territories to gain self-governing powers; other First Nations communities in the Sahtu region are also seeking to join Deline.   
Sahtu Secretariat files lawsuit against feds over N.W.T. superboard
The federal government's efforts to streamline permitting for resource companies developing the Mackenzie Valley violate treaty rights and land-settlement agreements, the lawsuit claims.
Ancient cod bones carry modern warning about mercury, climate change
Ancient bones recovered from an archaeological site in the Gulf of Alaska offer a glimpse into the last time the Earth underwent a drastic change in climate -- and it includes a spike in mercury levels in the world's oceans.
Kaktovik digs out after frigid storm buries Arctic community
The North Slope village of Kaktovik, on the shore of the Beaufort Sea, is recovering from a Saturday night blizzard that packed frozen, hurricane-force winds and sent dumpsters tumbling like dice, residents said.
Rough and tumble sea ice becoming rarer as Alaska's North Slope warms
Through the years, UAF researchers have traveled to Barrow for interviews and gathered existing recordings of the few Americans who live with sea ice -- and depend upon it. 
Fairbanks Daily News
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.
Grassroots group seeks to curb Anchorage violence
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A newly created community action group in Anchorage has launched a campaign to address violence and urge people to foster safety in Alaska's largest city.
Fisherman found dead aboard Kodiak boat
KODIAK, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say they have found nothing suspicious in the circumstances surrounding a fishing vessel crew member who was found dead in his bunk.
Panel to consider limiting Alaska households to 12 marijuana plants
JUNEAU, Alaska - A House committee is trying to determine how much pot can be grown at one house.
Contractor to continue cleanup of NPR-A federal 'legacy' wells
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A contractor will begin work this month remediating six "legacy" wells drilled by the federal government decades ago in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
Jury duty exemption proposed for teachers during school year
JUNEAU, Alaska - The House Education Committee has heard a bill that would exempt teachers from jury duty during the school year.
Limits proposed for gas line group in alternate project
JUNEAU, Alaska - The speaker of the Alaska House has introduced legislation that would limit participation by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC, in an alternate gas pipeline project.
High winds knock out power in Alaska North Slope village
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Alaska village on the Beaufort Sea is digging out from a weekend blizzard that featured winds approaching hurricane levels.
Responders address cleanup of North Slope spill
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Responders have recovered nearly 4,000 gallons of crude oil, water and other fluids from a pipeline leak at a Hillcorp Alaska production site on the North Slope.
Italian tourist killed after hit by ice from Alaska glacier
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A 28-year-old Italian tourist was killed in Alaska when he was crushed by a chunk of ice that broke from a glacier, authorities said.
Angoon High shop students learn automotive trade
ANGOON, Alaska — For almost the last 20 years, Angoon High School's auto shop has been used, mostly, for storage. Tools once used for the class disappeared.
DOT's 'Reflectosaurus' helps students learn safety
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Transportation has a dinosaur, and it visited Houghtaling Elementary School this past Friday.
Legislative session nears half-way mark; comment on budget draft planned
JUNEAU, Alaska - This week marks the half-way point in the scheduled 90-day session. It also marks the week when some legislators head to Washington, D.C., for meetings related to energy, economic iss
Police officer struck by patrol car trying to stop suspect
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage police officer was struck by a patrol car in a parking lot as police attempted to stop theft suspects.
Troopers seek reckless driving suspect on Kenai Peninsula
KASILOF, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers are searching for a 32-year-old driver on the Kenai Peninsula who eluded officers at high speeds and fled into forest after his car tires were punctured.
Alaska flights canceled after volcano ash reduces visibility
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska Airlines says low visibility caused by ash from Russian volcanoes is behind the cancellations of several flights in the state.
House passes bill intended to reduce recidivism
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska House has passed a bill intended to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for former prisoners.
Canada border hours worry residents in small Alaska town
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Residents in a small southeast Alaska community are worried that overnight closure of the Canada border will hurt safety and the local economy.
Intoxicated man survives fall into frigid Juneau waters
JUNEAU, Alaska - First responders had to fish out an intoxicated man who fell from the docks into the frigid waters of Gastineau Channel in Juneau.
Alaska appeals court sides with public defenders in ruling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Court of Appeals is siding with public defenders who objected to being appointed to provide advice to an indigent defendant who chose to represent himself.

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