Legal alcohol sales began in Bethel last week. Some community leaders are concerned about how sales may affect dry villages.
Communities statewide can keep alcohol out using the local option, and may use a similar tool to keep marijuana, a drug soon to be legal in Alaska, out as well.
Long-time BSSD pilot Doug Hemnes dies of a heart attack; governor vetoes very little from operating and capital projects budgets; Elim City Council does not certify election, village remains dry; Pebble Mine being prepared for permitting; North Dakota passes Alaska to become second leading oil-producing state.
Alaska Supreme Court orders redistricting board to amend plan for 2012 elections; Elim city council has not decided whether to canvass vote to go damp; Coast Guard medevacs 3 fishermen exposed to ammonia; governor signs bill outlawing texting while driving; Parnell names Probasco to Board of Game; and an Anvil City Science Academy artist in residence helps students create Tlingit performance art.
Elim votes to go damp, 2nd election may take place due to ballot discrepancies; BSSD board approves 52-million dollar budget, sees utility costs rise 1-million dollars; Gambell residential caregiver wins national award; two Nome teachers retire after 20+ years with district, housing issue for incoming teachers and hiring.