North Pole City Council

Alaskans will go to the polls today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to elect local government representatives, including school board members. Fairbanks-area voters also will consider two controversial ballot propositions, one to outlaw marijuana businesses in the city or the borough, and another that asks city voters to allow higher property taxes to fill a budget gap left by state funding cuts.


City of North Pole

The North Pole City Council tonight will consider awarding a contract to an engineering company to develop a plan intended to protect the community’s groundwater from contamination. The mayor says the plan is needed to ensure the city will be able to expand its municipal water system to areas where the groundwater already is contaminated.


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Officials with the Air Force and other agencies are asking members of the public to weigh-in on several proposals to provide drinking water to Moose Creek residents who can’t use their wells because of groundwater contamination. The pollution came from Eielson Air Force Base’s use of firefighting foam in years past. On Monday, North Pole City Council members made it clear they believe expanding their municipal water system to Moose Creek is the best alternative.


The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has unanimously approved an ordinance to regulate marijuana use. Assembly member John Davies says the intent is to clarify the evolving state law legalizing recreational marijuana.

“Clearly, what we’re trying to do is to keep the peace by having clear rules, so the referee knows when to blow the while and when not to blow the whistle,” Davies said.

The North Pole City Council voted Tuesday to restrict the consumption of marijuana in public. The council members debated whether, and how much, the ordinance should limit marijuana use at businesses and on private property. But they decided against adding specific restrictions against use on private property.


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With three weeks to go before the new state law legalizing personal use of marijuana goes into effect, the North Pole City Council voted Monday to advance two ordinances that would restrict the public use of pot in town and ban a dangerous method of processing it. But one council member worries one of the proposals goes too far.


The city of North Pole is among several across Alaska looking at regulating legalized marijuana at the local level. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the city council is considering 2 ordinances. 

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Municipal leaders from all three local governments gathered for a joint meeting Tuesday night with about 120 citizens to talk about the state’s new marijuana-legalization law. The first-of-its-kind meeting was held so the leaders could talk amongst themselves, and with the audience, about how they’re going to put the law into practice.