Vulnerability assessments by utilities and emergency planners along the U.S. West Coast suggest it could be weeks or a month or more before water service gets restored after a major earthquake — not to mention electricity, sewage treatment and fuel supply too.
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.