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“Even though water might be going over the logs, the force itself is going under the log, and that’s where bodies, boats will be propelled or pushed,” said Joe McCullough, with the Department of Natural Resources Office of Boating Safety.

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“The theme sets our convention’s tone and guides the agenda,” said AFN President Julie Kitka in a news release. “AFN is reaching out to all Alaskans to help build an Alaska we all want to live in. That’s going to be a big part of what we discuss this year.”

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Stiver, a longtime Fairbanks-area resident, was appointed earlier this year to the Alaska Marijuana Control Board, an appointment that was strongly opposed by members of the industry and ultimately was rejected by the Legislature by a single vote in April over issues pertaining to Stiver’s conservative approach to marijuana regulations in the past.

“At this point, we’ve asked for an expedited hearing, and it looks like we’re going to get it,” Coghill said Wednesday after a meeting of the Legislative Council in Anchorage. “Hopefully we’ll get some resolution before the governor brings his new budget forward in December. The goal is to get a decision out before that next budget cycle.”

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy is set to sign House Bill 2001, the Legislature’s attempt to restore about 80% of the governor’s more than $444 million in operating budget vetoes, today. But it remains unknown how many of the governor’s 182 original line-item vetoes he plans to maintain. 

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Heavy rain also curtailed Alaska Railroad service to and from Denali after the failure of a retaining wall supporting railroad tracks in the Healy Canyon north of the park, according to an Alaska Railroad news release Saturday. Both passenger and freight service are closed north of the park until Monday at the earliest. Railroad passengers should expect delays. Motorcoach service will be provided.

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