Restrictions on the ivory industry are multiplying in the U.S., causing concern for artists in Alaska. Alaska Native carvers do have a degree of protection under federal law. But, non-Native carvers who only work with fossilized ivory are not shielded in the same way.
Alaska’s first marijuana club, Pot Luck Events, has closed its doors after a years-long legal skirmish with state officials. The club’s legality faced disputes from the beginning. The final straw was a cease-and-desist order from state regulators, and the passing of the club’s founder, just days apart.
The U.S. Postal Service says Alaska’s pot businesses can’t mail their state tax payments. Without guidance from the Justice Department or an act of Congress, the postal office is blocking attempts to mail tax payments to the state tax office in Anchorage.
ConocoPhillips has confirmed it’s giving up its small stake in the Point Thomson field on the North Slope. The move has some observers wondering if it’s a bad sign for the state’s effort to build a massive natural gas line.