In this newscast:
- Nominee to marijuana regulatory board withdraws: The man nominated by Gov. Bill Walker to fill the public safety seat on Alaska’s marijuana regulatory board has withdrawn from consideration after losing his law enforcement job.
- Panel favors keeping Juneau’s mine law intact: Juneau’s mining subcommittee is recommending no substantial changes to the city’s mining ordinance. Instead it’s endorsing tweaks in the language made by the city attorney that wouldn’t change how the city reviews mining proposals.
- Juneau high school activists plan school safety walkouts: Students from Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools worked together to plan separate but related events for the one month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
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In other news:
General manager Eric Engebretsen has been keeping an eye on plans for a 10-percent tariff on imported aluminum. He’s not alone.
Bay Weld and other aluminum users started buying up supplies in advance of the announcement. “We’ve seen over 35 percent and in some cases 50 to 60 percent increase in our pricing structure of purchasing aluminum,” Engebretsen said.
Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg scheduled the trial Laron Carlton Graham to begin Feb. 19, 2019.
Graham, 40, faces two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the 2015 deaths of Robert Meireis, 36, and Elizabeth Tonsmeire, 34.
- The new Fairbanks lab is fully operational, but it will need to get a final inspection in the coming weeks before the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office issues the license.
- Vigor Alaska’s shipyard in Ketchikan is potentially laying off up to 80 local employees this winter, as the company wraps up construction of two Alaska Marine Highway System ferries.
- After some Alaskans had their voter registration addresses changed before Tuesday's primary, state officials say affected voters can vote a questioned ballot at the polling place based on where they live.
- Political machinations have left the Juneau Assembly down to just seven members. That's empowered a three-member minority to block any actions between now and after the October election.