Several residents of a North Pole neighborhood told Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly members Thursday that they do not want a marijuana-growing business in the area. Their arguments swayed half the members, but that wasn’t enough to pass a measure that would’ve opposed state approval of a business license for the facility.

The Fairbanks City council has approved sale of the old City Hall to a local businessman who plans to turn the historic CushmanStreet building into a distillery.  The council approved sale of the building to Patrick Levy for its appraised value of $180,000.