According to a criminal complaint filed in Fairbanks District Court, a man called 911 at 7:37 a.m. to report Atchley had just bitten off his nose and he would be waiting for help at the intersection of Sheep Creek Road and Miller Hill Road.

When the vaping ordinance initially came before the council at the Dec. 2 meeting, several members of the public, including local vaping business owners and vaping enthusiasts, spoke out fervently against taxing the products. They said a tax would hurt local businesses and claimed that vaping is healthier than smoking.

Now in its 63rd year, Operation Santa Claus has become a rarity among National Guard units. Defense officials have shut down the program everywhere but Alaska, where the mission survives because the state is so large and some communities are so remote.

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