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Just two weeks after it was announced that Chris Anderson was stepping down as Wired’s editor-in-chief to become CEO of 3D Robotics, a company he co-founded several years ago, Condé Nast has named Scott Dadich as the brand’s new top editor.The appointment means Dadich returns full-time to Wired—he was the magazine’s creative director from 2006 to 2010 before being named vice president, editorial platforms and design for Condé Nast. While he lead a successful creative run at Wired, which won three consecutive National Magazine awards for design, he rose to even greater prominence when the iPad was introduced. Dadich jumped feet-first into the tablet platform, driving a robust, production-heavy and feature-rich design standard for the title which essentially became the prototype that the company turned to for the rest of its brands. Wired was one of the first magazine brands to be ready for the iPad’s initial launch. “I’m excited to return to Wired, which has had such a tremendous impact on my life and my career,” says Dadich in a statement. “I look forward to finding new opportunities to delight and surprise the Wired community, both with the stories we tell and in the ways in which we tell them.”
Lisa Delaney, SVP and chief content officer, will oversee content for PEP and the acquired Harris brands. Kevin Craig, VP of newspaper sales solutions, will oversee sales. While the terms of the agreement are yet to be released, the New York Post reported that Harris Publications valued its assets at $2.9 million at the point of closure. AMG/Parade also purchased subscription rights, which Collado said will add incremental revenue streams to their existing operations. AMG/Parade will acquire the rights to 74 titles, as well as the related digital properties, though it is unclear how many of the properties will remain open. Alexis Collado, a spokesperson for AMG/Parade, said the company is in talks with many of the 65 staff members laid off in April, and expects some key players to join its staff. Athlon Media Group acquired Parade Media Group from Condé Nast in September 2014. In addition to Parade, the company publishes American Profile’s Community Table, Communitytable.com, Athlon Sports & Life, Relish, Spry Living, and about a dozen preseason sports annuals under Athlon Sports & Entertainment Group (SEG). AMG/Parade is officially set to acquire Harris Publications. The news was announced Friday morning following a judge’s ruling that Athlon’s bid offered the most money to creditors spurned when Harris shut down on April 29. “We’ll continue to evolve our content from print centric platforms into over-the-top (OTT) media to gain knowledge and strength in visual platforms,” Collado said in an email. “Vertical titles, such as Harris Publications, are a perfect venue for this space.” Regardless, it is unlikely that the acquired titles will have much in common with the niche magazines of Harris Publications’ past. The acquisition forms part of a new content division within AMG/Parade titled PEP (Partner Enhancement Program). PEP will distribute both editorial and branded content ranging from custom magazines to podcasts and games. OTT generally refers to the distribution of content to consumers outside of a subscription service. For magazines, this means articles from niche titles, without necessarily producing any niche publications. In other words, syndication. AMG/Parade already has several articulations of OTT with products like the customizable Dollar General, as well as “TV Times,” which they sell in bulk to various newspaper partners.
WILMINGTON, MA — Claire C. (Murphy) D’Entremont, age 82, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on May 5, 2018. Claire was the beloved wife of 60 years to Franklin J. “Frank” D’Entremont, devoted mother of Diane M. Stein & husband Andrew of York, ME, David F. D’Entremont & wife Sheryl of Londonderry, NH and Catherine M. Walsh & husband Jeffrey of Wilmington. Loving “Nana” of Lauren & Michael Stein, Cynthia & Eddie Dixon, Jessica D’Entremont and Jared & Cole Walsh. Dear daughter of the late Francis and Mary (O’Brien) Murphy.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, May 15th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Dorothy’s Church, Main St. (Rte. 38), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, May 14th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Claire’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Maureen F. (McKenna) McHugh, 80In “Obituaries”
(Editor’s Note: The Wilmington Police Department is a member of NEMLEC.)DRACUT, MA — The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Police Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that its annual appreciation dinner and comedy night was a success.Following the event on Friday, Nov. 30, the NEMLEC Police Foundation donated $5,000 to the Jimmy Fund and its work to combat childhood cancer. The event was held at the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut.“This event is a cherished tradition of ours because it enables us to give back to such a critical cause,” Executive Director Sharon Crowley said. “I’m so grateful for all of our sponsors and everyone who helped make this year’s dinner and comedy night such a great one.”Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes was honored for his myriad contributions to his community and the law enforcement profession. The ceremony was followed by performances from legendary Boston comedian, Steve Sweeney.About the NEMLEC Police FoundationThe NEMLEC Police Foundation, Inc. exists to promote and pursue training, education, research, projects, and programs that benefit municipal police agencies and their communities in Northeastern Massachusetts. The foundation promotes the public’s understanding of their police departments. It receives gifts, contributions, and grants from individual benefactors or private organizations and distributes those gifts to benefit The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and its cities and towns.(NOTE: The above press release is from the NEMLEC Police Foundation.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEMLEC Police Foundation Raises $9,500 Through All Pro VIP Season Ticket DrawingIn “Community”NEMLEC Foundation To Hold Raffle Drawing For Patriots TicketsIn “Community”NEMLEC Foundation Announces 2019 Golf Tournament For May 20In “Community”
Dear Editor,As a lifelong resident of Wilmington, one of the things that I love most is the relationships that I’ve fostered with my fellow Wildcats. I have had the privilege of working side by side Kevin Caira through my involvement with the Wildcat Athletic Alumni and Friends group. We work collaboratively to raise money for the athletic department and encourage interest and participation from our athletic alumni and friends.As a former Wilmington School Committee member, I observed first-hand the devout commitment toward Wilmington residents from many citizens. Kevin Caira is certainly a leader when it comes to advocating for our students, particularly the student athletes. Kevin’s passion for Wilmington students is undeniable and like many of us, he believes that all Wilmington students should be given the opportunity to participate in athletics without the obstacle of user fees. Kevin works tirelessly to secure money through fundraising efforts because he cares for all the children in the Wilmington Public School System.Kevin is the person you want at the head of any project, no matter how big or small. He is unselfish, humble, kind, and respectful towards all. Wilmington is a better community because of people like Kevin—his family values, municipal experience, work ethic, and impalpable spirit are what make him the perfect candidate for Selectman.Please join me in re-electing a man who is 100% committed to the residents of Wilmington. Vote for Kevin Caira on April 27th.Respectfully,Mark DiGiovanniLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell Endorses Kevin Caira For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Kevin CairaIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee Member Steve Bjork Endorses Bendel, Caira & O’Mahony For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”
Comments Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV Tags 9 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 2 Enlarge ImageTesla stores with less than stellar numbers will have a chance to shape up before being closed. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images A few weeks ago we got news from Tesla that it was planning on closing all of its retail sales operations, leaving only a few physical locations open for people to come and experience its cars.Then shortly after that announcement, Tesla released another statement saying that it would only be closing some of its retail locations but at that time it wasn’t clear how the Big T was planning on determining which of its cars would stay and which would be closed.Well, according to a report published Wednesday by Business Insider, Elon Musk sent all Tesla employees an email explaining that stores with good numbers would “absolutely not be closed down” and that stores that hadn’t been meeting expectations would be allowed a short period to correct things before being on the chopping block.None of that is rocket science, obviously, but it could have a profound effect on the flagging morale of Tesla’s retail staff. A little bit of job security goes a long way, after all. Still, the decision to keep its retail stores open does mean that Tesla has to walk back its price drop, with plans to bump them up by an additional three percent set to go into effect at the beginning of April.Tesla didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. More From Roadshow Car Industry Electric Cars 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tesla Elon Musk Tesla
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Because the Legislature did not meet its midnight deadline, three citizen’s initiatives are expected to be moved from the August primary to the November general election.Download AudioThe switch would happen because of a constitutional rule requiring a 120-day waiting period after a legislative session before an initiative can be put to a vote. It would affect ballot questions to slow down the proposed Pebble Mine, to regulate marijuana like alcohol, and to hike the minimum wage. The rule does not apply to referenda, so a measure to repeal the new oil tax law would stay on the August ballot.The rescheduling of initiatives is expected to help the anti-repeal effort, which the oil industry has sunk millions of dollars into. That’s because the initiatives are expected to bring more liberal-leaning voters to the polls, and that increased turnout will no longer affect the primary.This dynamic also triggered an ugly political fight in the Legislature, when a bloc of House Republicans passed a minimum wage bill earlier this month to preempt the initiative entirely. Republicans and Democrats accused each other of trying to game the elections, and initiative sponsors came out against the bill out of concern that the Legislature would quickly gut it.While the House majority pushed their Senate counterparts to move the minimum wage bill through, they were met with resistance. The two bodies then engaged in a standoff, with each chamber holding unrelated pieces of legislation hostage to get leverage. But ultimately, the Senate did not back down.Rules Chair Lesil McGuire said early Monday morning that the minimum wage bill is officially dead.“The votes aren’t there. The votes haven’t been there all year.”McGuire says some members of the Senate Majority oppose the bill because they see it as meddling with elections, while others simply are not in favor of the policy and believe it could have negative economic consequences.With the addition of the initiatives, the November ballot will be especially packed because of the U.S. Senate race and the governor’s race.
As state lawmakers prepare to grapple with a tight state budget, one non-profit is gearing up to deal with health needs in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The Mat-Su Health Foundation is stepping in to provide funding for behavioral health services in the face of expected cuts. One program benefiting from grant money is aiming to curb the earliest sources of drug and alcohol abuse with a focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences awareness.Download AudioRecent reports of legislators eyeing further cuts to education and social services has alarmed health providers in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. As it is, the Mat-Su Health Foundation is trying to fill the gap in state funding, with a series of grants aimed at helping health providers expand needed services for a growing population. Robin Minard is the Health Foundation’s public affairs director.“There is some state funding, but unfortunately, our state funding per capita is significantly less than other areas of the state. Our dollars have not changed, even though our population has doubled.”Minard says the current amount of state funding is like operating with 1990 dollars in 2015. And that money is not distributed fairly, she says, as she points to a graphic comparing what state grants pay Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau per person for youth and adult mental health care and for substance abuse services.For instance, Mat-Su gets $13 per person for substance abuse, Juneau gets $44. Minard says, ruefully, if further cuts to the state’s behavioral health budget happen, it won’t change anything.“Perhaps, if cuts happen to the behavioral health budget, they won’t happen in Mat-Su, because it is already so disproportionate.”The Health Foundation is critical of the state’s method of funding of behavioral health treatment, or in identifying neeeds in substance abuse treatment, because the state relies on a grant process.Bradley Grigg, state director of behavioral health grants says in an email:“Currently, it boils down to statutory guidance. In Alaska, grants are the avenue in which an agency can bill Medicaid. At this point, the Division of Behavioral Health can only grant-fund nonprofits and municipalities.”Grigg says state statutes prevent grants for private for-profit addict treatment programs, such as drug detox facilities or rehab services for heroin addicts. But, he says, the state does fund opiod treatment programs in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage.Despite an escalating need for them, detox beds don’t exist in Mat-Su, and long term recovery centers are in short supply there, Minard says. She says two Health Foundation reports assessing Borough health needs point to substance abuse as the number one health care target in the area.“And then we are also trying to look at what causes people to become addicts in the first place. And a lot of times that traces back to childhood trauma. There is a reason people are abusing drugs and alcohol.”Minard says a third report to be released in January will address prevention at the earliest stages. To that end, the Health Foundation has awarded grants to a number of organizations that are working to address Valley health concerns. Earlier this month the Health Foundation awarded $1.7 million in “Healthy Impact” grants, and one of the recipients is CCS Early Learning, the Head Start provider in Chugiak and the Valley. CCS executive director Mark Lackey says the organization serves some 320 students under age 5 — the majority from low income homes.“I think we have always been very aware of the fact that a lot of our kids have trauma, and that trauma impacts their lives over the long term.”Early exposure to domestic violence, or drug use or alcohol abuse are some of those traumas.Lackey says the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences [ACES] study focused attention on childhood trauma’s lingering impacts. And ACES information is prompting changes in how teachers and care givers relate to their students, however young. CCS is using the grant to build its Road to Resilience program for parents and staff.“With this grant that we received from the Mat-Su Health Foundation, we are working very hard to educate our parents about the ACES study. You know, even our own staff found that thinking about ACES in a different way, changes how you really relate to children. It is no longer necessarily about the child, it is about why the child is having those behaviors. ”But early childhood trauma is not a life sentence, Lackey says, and it can be overcome.“The choices you make and how you respond [to trauma] are important, ” he says.“We are really excited about it,” Lackey says, adding that until now, early prevention received little funding. This year, CCS received $65,000 in Health Foundation grants.CCS ‘s Resilience program started introducing parents to ACES last year. This year, the money will be used to further train staff and to increase mental health assessment capabilities.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioBP to lay off more workers in AnchorageThe Associated PressBP says it is planning to further reduce its workforce in Alaska as the state continues to struggle with low oil prices. BP spokeswoman Dawn Patience told KTUU-TV on Monday that about 4 percent of the company’s workforce will be cut. Most of the affected positions are based in Anchorage.Obama keeps door open to offshore drillingRachel Waldholz, APRN-AnchorageThe Obama Administration today released a draft plan for offshore oil and gas drilling over the next five years. The proposal keeps the door open to drilling in the Arctic Ocean — for now. But the administration is considering offering no new leases in the Arctic at all.Critics call feds’ new ‘mitigation’ a coerced feeLiz Ruskin, APRN-AnchorageThe concept of “mitigation” comes up a lot in stories about development in Alaska. Typically, it’s compensation a company has to pay for filling wetlands. Their permit may require that they improve another patch of wetlands nearby, or pay an organization to preserve wetlands somewhere else. But federal agencies have begun requiring mitigation for other kinds of environmental damage, and at a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday, critics said it amounts to a coerced payment.BLM director tours North SlopeEmily Russel, KNOM-NomeThe director of the Bureau of Land Management is visiting the North Slope this week. Over the next two days, director Neil Kornze will meet with Native corporations, local government officials, and community leaders in the region. On Tuesday, Kornze was helping cap two legacy wells south of Barrow. The Simpson Core and Iko Bay were both drilled by the U.S. Navy in the 1950s. They’re among 18 legacy wells the BLM plans to clean up this year.Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod in record timeEmily Schwing, KNOM-NomeIn the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Dallas Seavey and his dog team came running down front to claim victory in this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and he sat a new race record. The younger Seavey finished less than an hour ahead of his father, Mitch.Sass suddenly drops for Iditarod leadersZach Hughes, KSKA-AnchorageOne of the biggest upsets in the final dash to finish this year’s Iditarod is the sudden disappearance of Brent Sass from the top standings.Drones becoming more popular in the ArcticTim Ellis, KUAC-FairbanksExperts from the United States and other Arctic nations have developed the first safety guidelines for operating unmanned drone aircraft in international airspace around the circumpolar north.Juneau goes to polls to elect new mayorJuneau residents are hitting the polls on Tuensday to elect a new mayor. Two candidates are vying for the spot: Ken Koelsch and Karen Crane. The city decided to hold the $35,000 special election after the death of Mayor Greg Fisk. Fisk died of natural causes shortly after winning last year’s election. The mayoral candidates have served on the Juneau Assembly before.Return of the “Blob”Matt Miller, KTOO-JuneauClimate researchers say a giant mass of warm water in the Pacific Ocean may be responsible for unusual sightings of marine life in the North Pacific while also influencing North American weather patterns.Dueling pot petitions making rounds in JuneauEmily Jenkins, KTOO-JuneauDueling petitions about commercial pot grow houses in Juneau neighborhoods have been making the rounds. The Assembly voted back in November to allow limited cultivation on parts of North Douglas and other low-density areas. After one red public notice went up at the end of a driveway, it caught some in neighborhood off guard.
Shoppers at Mt. View’s first farmers market. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Mountain View, one of the nation’s most diverse neighborhoods, has a long-standing image problem. But one Anchorage organization and a group of local vendors are trying to change that through a new farmers market.Download Audio.A group of three young women are visiting the community for the first time, waiting for their friend to play music. They’ve stopped by a couple of places on the edge of the community, like PetCo and the Bass Pro Shop, but not much beyond.Brooklyn Alvarado, Ashley Toolson, and Hannah Pryce all grew up in different parts of Anchorage. They all say they were told not to go to the area. Alvaro explains:“My mom’s a police officer, so it’s kind of not a fair assessment,” Alvaro explains. She’s always heard “negative things [about Mountain View], I guess, because of my mom.”But those who live in the community, like Umal Samatar, doesn’t see it that way. “It’s beautiful. And it’s not a bad area, as people think.”She feels safe enough to send her three-year-old daughter to go buy ice cream by herself, across the path at the market. Samatar is trying to focus on the small booth were she’s selling shirts, soaps, and other items from her shop in Mountain View. She and her husband have lived and owned a business in the community for five years – and she loves it there.Umal Samatar, her daughter, and friend stand at her booth at the Mountain View Farmers Market. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)That’s what the market organizers from the Anchorage Community Land Trust are hoping people will see – the beauty of the area, its rich foods, and its varied businesses.Farmers Market Coordinator Caitlin Taylor says she knows they have hurdles to overcome. She used to hold the same negative ideas about the neighborhood.“After working here for two summers, everything, every preconception you can have about this place is flipped on its head. It’s a place where families are trying to grow. It’s incredible diversity. It’s a wonderful place and I really encourage people to come and test out their preconceptions here.”So has the market changed what the young women think?“It’s been nice. It’s been unexpected,” says Alvaro, who grew up in South Anchorage. “I grew up with kind of a negative view, and it doesn’t seem so bad.”But for her friend, Ashley Toolson from Eagle River, she still doesn’t feel safe there. When asked if she would feel comfortable walking around the streets, she was direct.“No.”The Mountain View Farmers Market runs from 3 to 7 pm every Thursday this summer. They’ll have 14 stalls this week including ice cream, hot food, crafts and produce.
More and more Alaska Natives are choosing to use their Native language names on social media, at work and in their everyday lives. It’s a cultural shift from previous generations in which many avoided speaking their language, let alone self-identifying with it.Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson and her daughters.Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, however, has been using her Yup’ik name professionally for about 20 years. In this first installment of a five-part series on Alaska Native names, Davidson talked about the importance of her name as it relates to her role in Alaska’s state government.Valerie Nurr’araaluk DavidsonDownload AudioI’ve always used my Yup’ik name. I didn’t actually know I had an English name until I started school and when I did I thought I was in big trouble. For me and for Yup’ik people, our Yup’ik names tell who we are related to and where we’re from.I’ve used my Yup’ik name on my business cards for years, for probably about 20 years. One of the reasons I do that — not only on my business cards but also when I introduce myself — is because I think it’s really important for people to know that Alaska Natives are still here, we are relevant and we do our part to contribute positively to our state and I think that’s especially important for our children to hear.One of the things that has been a really nice surprise is when I send emails from my work email address I always say at the end “Quyana” and I’ve been really pleased how many people have started using that. For example, when the governor emails me back he almost always says, “Quyana, Val.”I’ve had people ask me when I’ve said “Quyana” to them, “What’s the appropriate word for ‘You’re welcome’?” Which is “aa-ang” and people have started using that. So it’s really been nice to be able to incorporate that into our everyday work and how we’re starting to indigenize a little bit state government. In a small way, but that’s how big things start — one step at a time.This is part one of a five-part series:Part Two: A family historyPart Three: A time for changePart Four: The aftermath of generational traumaPart Five: The world of social media
Evan Levinton, left, looks over security forms with his business partner and mother, Jane Stinson, right, and their security contractor, Thomas Craig, while they were remodeling their store last May. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Over the last few weeks, many Alaskans have been trying something new: walking into a store to buy pot.Listen nowFor more than a year, Alaska Public Media has been profiling one family cannabis business as they try to break into the new industry. Now, they’re finally open for business. But not without some lingering concerns.On a recent weekday evening, a two-person band played in the corner as dozens of people chatted, inspected glass pipes and bought small bags of cannabis. It was the soft opening for Enlighten Alaska, the latest in a handful of cannabis retailers to start in Anchorage and across the state.Standing behind a glass display case was Victoria Davis, an employee with tattoos and long hair fading from blond to blue.“I am a bud-tender here,” Davis explained.Bud-tenders are sales-people. Davis’s job is talking with customers and answering questions, whether that’s a price check for a certain strain of pot or fielding inquiries about biochemistry.I’m there to shop: to see what it’s like to make a purchase in Alaska’s newest industry. When Davis gets customers like me who aren’t particularly familiar with cannabis, she starts with a few basic questions about what kind of experience he or she wants from the drug.“I ask them what they want to feel,” Davis said. “It just really depends on what you’re looking to receive out of the benefits of cannabis.”Davis called this approach “consuming with intention.” She got her start bud-tending at a medical dispensary in Michigan and now is one of the seven part-time employees working at Enlighten. The shop has a one-page menu of cannabis products that I stare at, not sure which one is right for me. Davis shows me glass jars filled with assorted marijuana buds: Blue Dream, Afgooey, Lost Coast. She noted their potency, along with their effects on mood, energy and awareness.A gram of these strains costs $22 — which, depending on quality and quantity, can be almost double what you might spend outside a legal business. But built into the prices here are costs for testing, taxes to the state, security cameras, heating the store and the professional guidance of an employee like Davis, who holds a jar of White Lemon buds up to my nose.“I think that one smells pretty fresh,” Davis observed. “Almost like a Christmas tree, but not quite.”There are other products, too. Edibles with names like “CannaCrisps” ($15 for two servings) and “Dank Chip Cookies” ($25 for four). Concentrated oils run a bit higher.Under Davis’s advice, I decide on a strain called Vanilla Kush, which is on the lower end potency-wise, but I’m told it’s a good fit for relaxing in front of a movie before bed.“Would you like a receipt?” Davis asked as she rang me up on an iPad.I have to pay in cash, because marijuana businesses in Alaska and the Lower 48 don’t comply federal banking laws. Davis tucked the small bag with a pinch of pot inside a white plastic envelope guarded by an elaborate child-proof zipper.Overall it’s an extremely regulated purchase: my ID was checked twice, there was testing data all over the packaging as well as displays and I got a lot of advice from an employee about the good I ultimately bought.Getting the business to this point has not been easy.“I’d say the risk that we took was investing our retirement funds and everything that we have,” Leah Levinton said. She’s one of Enlighten’s three owners, along with her brother and mother. She estimated that getting to this day, took $330,000 to $340,000. Almost double what they planned for.“There’s no option but to be a successful business,” Levinton said with a chuckle.Beyond the financial hardship, the family struggled a different points in time to prepare their permit application to the state, navigate local zoning rules and remodeling their shop to meet all the requirements.Levinton also had to keep her involvement in the cannabis industry under wraps for months while she finished up at her previous job, basically putting in a second shift after work most days.“It’s called ‘coming out green,’” Levinton said of transitioning toward being public about her involvement with cannabis. “This is a dream come true. This is something I never thought I’d be doing in my life.”Both she and her mother, Jane Stinson, know there are major challenges ahead. The overhead costs for cannabis retail shops are high. There still isn’t enough cannabis being legally grown in Alaska to re-stock stores quickly when they sell out.“We would buy a lot of product if it were available, because I know the market is there,” Stinson explained.Enlighten is benefiting from starting a few weeks behind other Anchorage stores. They’re open for just six hours, three days a week, essentially rationing the product so that it is consistently available. And they’ve gotten a glimpse from other retailers about what kinds of products are selling the best.“They’re buying a lot of edibles and high THC flower,” Stinson said. She attributed this in part to peoples’ assumptions that they want the strongest, highest potency types of cannabis and a general lack of familiarity with lighter strains.When the shop runs out of product they won’t be able to get more until the end of February at the earliest. Stinson expects the business will begin breaking even in May, once enough cultivators have opened to keep stores consistently stocked and open.Still, Stinson doesn’t hesitate to explain that the difficulties have been worth it to get to this day.“We’re so excited. So excited,” Stinson added for emphasis. “So many people have been congratulating us. And have been waiting for it!”Stinson’s biggest concern now is that a Justice Department under nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) could change federal policies toward cannabis, throwing the state markets into turmoil.
Salmon caught during the June 24, 2017 gillnet opening on the Kuskokwim. (Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK Public Media)Some runs were outstanding, some were terrible. On the next Talk of Alaska, we’re discussing the state’s iconic species– salmon. Whether you fish for sport, subsistence or make your living as a commercial fisherman or woman, the summer season is wrapping up.Listen HereHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Anna Rose MacArthur – Reporter, KYUK – BethelDave Bendinger – Reporter, KDLG – DillinghamZachary Liller – State researcherStatewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowAlaska LNG project president says he’s done ‘preaching to the non-believers’Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe president of the state-owned Alaska Gasline Development Corporation says he’s no longer bothering to convince skeptics that the project is real, and it’s moving forward.Senate votes to end mandatory release of low- and moderate-risk defendantsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska Senate voted today to end a key requirement of the criminal justice reform voted into law two years ago. It would end a mandate that low- and moderate-risk misdemeanor defendants be released without posting cash bail. Now judges will be able to order bail for all defendants.ADN report confirms effort details on Alaska election systemZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska was among the states targeted by Russian-linked cyber actors ahead of the 2016 elections. The state had previously disclosed that there had been some meddling. But a recent article in the Anchorage Daily News uncovered new details about a second effort targeting the state’s election system.Fairbanks lawmaker David Guttenberg won’t seek re-election to 8th House termTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksGuttenberg says he’s leaving his decades of service to his district and the state party so he can enjoy life in his home in the Goldstream Valley.Alaska Legislature passes pharmacy billJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgAlaska pharmacists celebrated the passage of a bill making changes to prescription drug benefits and how businesses are reimbursed for that medication. House Bill 240 was opposed by health insurers and the companies they hire to oversee pharmacy drug sales.Expansion of Bradley Lake hydro facility gets underwayAaron Bolton, KBBI – HomerWork on a $46 million project to expand the state’s largest hydroelectric facility is set to begin Thursday.UAF selected to participate in federal pilot program for dronesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe University of Alaska Fairbanks has been selected to participate in a federal program exploring the integration of unmanned aircraft into U.S. airspace. UAF’s Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration is one of ten entities selected from around the nation for the pilot program.New PBS show ‘Molly of Denali’ to feature Alaska Native in title roleAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauThe animated children’s series will debut next summer. It’s the first nationally distributed children’s series to feature an Alaska Native character in a leading role.
Balajinagar: Local Corporator Pannala Kavya Reddy on Wednesday inspected the pipeline works of underground drainage with an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakh in Road no 2 of KPHB EWS Colony in Kukatpally constituency. Following an appeal by the local residents, the corporator summoned HMWS&SB official Trinath to discuss the drinking water problems. The corporator advised him to ensure that all residents get equal quantity of water. TRS leaders Narsimha Reddy, Rajeswar Rao, Dasari Ramesh, Raji Reddy, Saraswati, Srikanth, Anitha, Roopa, Nagender, Kishan, Satyanarayana and Raghu were present on the occasion.
Shamshabad: Novotel Hyderabad Airport in association with GMR Varalakshmi foundation organised Akshardaan programme on Thursday. That focuses on promoting literacy and reducing school dropouts. The senior management team & employees of Novotel Hyderabad Airport donated notebooks to the children of ZPH Girls High School & Nireekshana Foundation. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us The main objective of the programme is to improve the learning environment and provide kids with basic stationary. Novotel Hyderabad, Airport organises this programme every year and donates books to the children and also ensure they are able to continue and carry on the education. Speaking on the occasion, Ravi Khubchandani, General Manager, Novotel Hyderabad, Airport said, “We are committed to do everything within our scope for the improvement of our society. The notebook donation drive is a small step towards the improvement of quality of education for children.”
NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday elevated party’s joint general secretary (organisation) BL Santosh as its general secretary (organisation), a day after Ramlal was moved back to the RSS after holding the post for over 13 years. BL Santosh, an RSS ”pracharak” with experience of electoral politics, especially in Karnataka, is considered a strong ideologue who is also well-versed with the poll dynamics. The BJP said in a statement that his appointment comes into immediate effect.BL Santosh was the party’s general secretary (organisation) for eight years in Karnataka before he was made a national office bearer in charge of southern states in 2014.
Ongole: After facing the continuous drought for the last five years and uncertainty over the water from Nagarjunasagar canal, a few enthusiastic farmers from the Addanki, Darsi and Parchuru Assembly constituencies are planning to cultivate the paddy in drip irrigation model this season. Jagarlamudi Murali Krishna of Addanki said that the earlier government had failed to provide water through the Nagarjunasagar canal, even though there was water in the dam. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us He said that whenever the government releases water, it is not sufficient to the tail-end farmers due to the absorption and evaporation along with the forced opening of channel gates by Guntur district and upper area farmers. So, he said that they had decided to team up with some of the progressive farmers in the area and try the cultivation of paddy in drip irrigation method, which was done by a farmer in Krishna district for the last couple of years. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us He said that he and his friends do not want to wait until the situations turned worse in the district. A zero-budget natural farming expert and water conservation activist, Amar Akbar of Nunna in Krishna district is cultivating paddy on drip irrigation. He is offering free training and advice to the farmers like Murali Krishna across the state and often visiting their farms to verify the installation is as per the plan. Akbar said that in normal conditions, cultivation of paddy requires 30 lakh litre water per acre. He claimed that he cultivated paddy along with vegetables as internal crops on drip irrigation and used only 5 lakh litre per acre. Advertise With Us He said that he produced twelve 75 kg bags of rice at the end while sending 200 kg vegetables for sale every week. These farmers are forming a group with interested farmers throughout the state and planning to start the cultivation of paddy on the drip irrigation in August. They claim that the government is mulling over extending subsidy for the drip irrigation system to the paddy farmers also on a pilot and they could get a maximum of 90 per cent subsidy depending on the farmer’s category. Interested farmers may contact Akbar at 9966643666 to team up with them and conserve water while producing paddy in an organic way. -Naresh Nandam