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A count of absentee and questioned ballots from last week’s local election has created a near-tie between the top two vote-getters in the race for a borough Assembly seat. The new tally of votes conducted Tuesday shows only five votes separating Aaron Lojewski and Leah Berman Williams in the race for borough Assembly seat H.

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More than a quarter of the borough’s registered voters turned out Tuesday to reject two ballot measures and elect a slate of local-government and school board candidates.

Voters in Fairbanks and outlying areas crushed two ballot measures that would’ve banned marijuana-related businesses from the city and borough.

Two weeks from tomorrow, city and borough voters will decide whether to outlaw marijuana-related businesses in the two jurisdictions. Advocates and opponents of the two ballot measures that would outlaw pot growing and sales have ramped up their campaigns in recent weeks. Some of the concerns and issues both sides raise were reflected in comments by Fairbanks City Council members last Monday as they considered an application to open a retail cannabis shop.

Fairbanks, AK - Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have rejected a ballot initiative that would have continued a ban on local regulation of area clean air standards. A final tally of 1,638 question and absentee ballots following last week’s municipal election shows the initiative has lost by 356 votes. That means the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly now has the authority to regulate home heating devices and make decisions about area clean air standards. The local group Citizens for Clean Air campaigned heavily for Proposition 2 over the last few weeks.

Fairbanks, AK - Alaska’s marijuana ballot initiative has some Fairbanks entrepreneurs organizing in hope of being able to grow and sell the drug. Proposition 2 would have the state regulate marijuana like alcohol.  Fairbanks resident Brandon Emmett is Executive Director of the recently formed  Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation.

Emmett says he wants the organization “To kind of be a voice for the Alaskan people with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the legislature, both for people who are consumers and people who look to profit off the industry.” 

Assembly agrees to fund completion of air quality plan

Sep 28, 2012

Fairbanks, AK - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly agreed to put $150 thousand dollars in federal funding toward the completion of a state implementation plan, or SIP, for air quality control.