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GOOD NEWS INTERVIEW FEATURES BUDDING WRITER KATIE FRANCIOSI
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

 KTVA.com - 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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MARIJUANA IN ALASKA

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. 

CLICK HERE to get all the facts about marijuana initiative
CLICK HERE to read public service information tips on marijuana

 
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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
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.
Ship's chief engineer pleads guilty to Alaska pollution charge
PORTLAND, Ore. - The chief engineer of a vessel that illegally dumped oil-contaminated bilge water pleaded guilty Friday to violating a federal anti-pollution law.
Medicaid expansion items removed from Alaska budget
JUNEAU—In a move House Republicans were building toward for weeks, a budget subcommittee on Friday axed Gov. Bill Walker's plans for Medicaid expansion.
Bill would allow for new license plates for veterans
JUNEAU, Alaska  - Veterans who have received certain medals could have additional license plates to choose from.
Old military explosive device found in Sitka
SITKA, Alaska  - Sitka authorities say what appears to be an old military explosive device has been turned into fire officials.
Bill with constitutionalism requirement for schools advances
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska lawmakers have advanced a bill that would require school districts to include American constitutionalism in their coursework.
Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies
LOS ANGELES — In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock." Two decades later, he bowed to fate with "I Am Spock," a revisionist sequel.
Anchorage hospital wins trauma care upgrade
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An Anchorage hospital is only the second in Alaska to win nationally recognized status to treat patients needing the most critical care.
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