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Walker: Trump plans meeting with Pacific governors

JUNEAU, Alaska — President Donald Trump plans to meet with the governors of Alaska and Hawaii and Pacific U.S. territories amid ongoing tensions with North Korea. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker told reporters that the meeting, scheduled for Friday in Hawaii, is expected to focus on Trump’s upcoming trip to Asia and “Pacific theatre issues” affecting …

Emergency plan, food, gear vital for long distance sailing

JUNEAU, Alaska — It’s a romantic idea — sailing across the ocean, sleeping under the stars. But earlier this week, the U.S. Navy rescued two women adrift in the Pacific Ocean about 900 miles off Japan, at sea for months after their sailboat became disabled. While some people wing it, experts recommend thoroughly understanding what …

Alaska communities weigh pot bans 3 years after legalization

JUNEAU, Alaska — Voters in parts of Alaska are heading to the polls to decide whether to ban marijuana within their borders. The statewide initiative that legalized recreational marijuana in 2014 allows local governments to ban cannabis growing, manufacturing, retail and testing businesses. Tuesday’s elections will affect Fairbanks, parts of the Fairbanks North Star Borough …

Federal package includes labeling provision for genetically modified fish, other Alaska pieces

JUNEAU, Alaska—U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has gotten language into a major spending and tax package that would not allow the sale of genetically modified salmon until federal labeling guidelines are published. The language would block the sale of such fish during the current spending year until guidelines are finalized. Since this is a one-year bill, …

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