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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

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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.
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.

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