Manager Tom Lowe says Togiak Bay Supply is the only Omni grocery store to reopen without lapse
Over the past few weeks, Omni-owned grocery stores all over Alaska have closed. Dillingham’s N&N is slated to re-open under new joint ownership April 6th. Meanwhile, the Togiak store made an especially quick comeback.
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Omni closed its Togiak Trading Depot on March 23rd. The next day longtime manager Tom Lowe re-opened the newly named Togiak Bay Supply store under his new business license.
House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski (left), and Senate President Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, participate in a press conference related to passage of House Bill 132. March 31, 2015. The bill, introduced on March 2nd by Chennault and other House Majority leaders, limits the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s powers on the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline. It was strongly criticized at the time by Gov. Bill walker, who was adamant it would weaken the state’s position in pipeline negotiations.
APRN: The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill meant to keep Gov. Bill Walker from spending money on an alternate gasline proposal. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports the action is part of an ongoing power struggle between Republican leadership and the governor over the state’s most high-profile megaproject.
It’s the legislative equivalent of two semi trucks playing chicken. The governor has said he would veto the bill; the Legislature nearly has the number to override him; and no one’s really sure who will win.
In Haines, the borough assembly has decided to wait until the state finalizes legislation before taking any action on local rules on marijuana use and sales. But some residents aren’t waiting on the legislature.
Dean Lari’s phone has been ringing constantly since he posted an ad on the Haines community website titled “Cannabis Exchange.” In it, he says, “with Measure 2 we now have a great and legal way to exchange marijuana strains.”
Polar bears forced ashore when the sea ice melts in summer may eat vegetation, berries, goose eggs, and even some adult geese. But, because of limited availability and or low nutritional quality, these foods cannot offset lost access to lipid-rich seals caused by melting sea ice.
APRN: As sea ice continues to retreat and polar bears spend more time on shore, one question lingers – can the world’s largest species of bears survive on land-based food? A new study says, “no.”
Arctic sea ice this year covered about half a million square miles less than average and started its retreat two weeks earlier than in past years. The earlier the ice retreats, the earlier polar bears will come ashore, which means they are spending more time on land.
DILLINGHAM: Jeremy Mcgill, 29, of Dillingham was arrested near the Sifsof building downtown Dillingham Tuesday afternoon. Police allege he was wielding a large hunting knife and a crowbar in a threatening way towards two women.
When officers arrived on scene, Mcgill fled on foot, briefly creating some danger in traffic on the road.
He was arrested and charged with two counts of third degree assault, each class C felony offenses. He was also charged with resisting arrest by force, a class A misdemeanor.
APRN: Marijuana is in legal limbo in Alaska. Multiple bills in the Legislature will determine everything from permits to penalties, and in the meantime municipalities are scrambling find rules that protect the public, but also make room for an emerging industry. A new business in Anchorage is taking its first tentative steps forward navigating the shifting legal landscape.
On March 27, curious minds in Dillingham enjoyed UAF's community science night in the middle school gym. Participants had the chance to generate human-powered electricity, explore the solar system inside a blow-up planetarium, and interact with goats and bunnies.
The event gathered scientists from the UAF, the Bristol Bay Campus, UA Museum of the North, 4-H, and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.