A measure that would legalize the production of industrial hemp in Alaska has passed the state House and Senate.

The bill awaits Gov. Bill Walker’s signature before becoming law, Alaska Public Media reported Wednesday.

The legislation would allow registered participants into a pilot project to grow hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant that produces useful fiber, but almost none of the psychoactive compound that alters people’s mental state.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of governors working to strike compromise on hot-button policy issues took on the question of health care on Feb. 23.

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, in presenting the group’s blueprint for policy changes at the National Press Club, lamented that one of the country’s largest challenges seems to have been set aside by policymakers.

“It’s like health care doesn’t even matter anymore down here,” he said.

JBER — All or nothing. It’s pain and stress management. There’s a constant little bird in the back of your mind chirping away that you might not make it. If you don’t make it, you just spent months of training and a bunch of money to watch your dream pass you by.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Max Pippa’s mind was racing as he pushed his body to its limits during the final stages of preparation in an arduous journey for greatness.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said violence in video games and movies should be discussed as part of a larger debate on gun violence and suggested Feb. 26 that states should decide whether schoolteachers should be armed.

Meanwhile, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, who was in Washington, D.C., for a gathering of the nation’s governors, told The Associated Press something must be done in response to the violence.

The high school cross country skiing season wrapped last week in Fairbanks with local athletes from Chugiak filling up the top spots in the rankings as the girls took third and the boys fourth at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships.

Powerhouse West Anchorage once again swept both the boys and girls titles led by Cook Inlet Conference skimeisters Molly Gellert and Luke Jager.

Under brilliant blue skies last Sunday afternoon, Steve Johnson, with his wife Barb beside him, addressed a crowd of some 200-some colorfully clad skiers gathered at Beach Lake Ski Trails Sunday afternoon, thanking them for their support over the last nine months.

Not that he needed or wanted extra time to speak, but the race start was delayed due to the last-minute influx of registrants wanting to join the annual Ski The Beach race, held the last Sunday of February at the trails to support the local ski club.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

The victim of an assault was driving to a friend’s house around 1:26 p.m. on Feb. 13 when he inadvertently cut off a green Ford truck in traffic. The driver of the truck followed the victim to a residence. The driver of the truck was cussing and yelling at the victim.

Police calls from Feb. 12 to Feb. 18

Monday, Feb. 12

10:09 a.m.: Theft/larceny, Old Glenn Hwy.

11:39 a.m.: Fraud, Business Blvd.

12:03 p.m.: Traffic collision, S. Juanita Lo and Old Glenn Hwy.

9:57 p.m.: Disturbance, Buttermilk Way

Tuesday, Feb. 13

3:30 a.m.: Misuse, Centerfield Drive

10:15 a.m.: Fraud, Business Blvd.

12:41 p.m.: Burglary, Buttermilk Way

1:26 p.m.: Assault, Citation Road

1:49 p.m.: Burglary, Old Glenn Hwy.

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is in the preliminary stages of planning a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue — one of President Donald Trump’s fondest desires.

Trump was, understandably, impressed in a visit to France last July by the pageantry of the Bastille Day parade. The parade dates back to the 1880s. Nothing the United States comes up with will match its resonance or its beloved, unifying nature.

Lions of Alaska received a grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation for $100,000 in February. Northrim Bank has partnered and is in support with your local Lions by providing a monetary support in the amount of $30,000 to help fund the Lions Quest program that brings specialized curriculum to teach youth about character, drug and alcohol awareness and other social issues.

Since 1935, the Fur Rendezvous winter festival has been an important part of Anchorage’s history. This year the festival takes place Feb. 23 to March 4 in Downtown Anchorage.

Known locally as Fur Rondy, the event has been going strong for more than 80 years. It started as a three-day sporting event arranged to coincide with the return of miners and trappers loaded down with the profits of a winter’s worth of work. The original event featured skiing, hockey, basketball, boxing and a children’s sled dog race down Fourth Avenue.

Erin Johnson loved the backcountry trails of Chugiak and Eagle River and believed getting outside was good for the soul.

That’s why a network of friends decided to dedicate the Ski the Beach 2018 event in her honor. Everyone is invited to pick a skiing level and join the Chugiak-Eagle River Ski Club Feb. 25 on a route that starts at the Beach Lake Ski Chalet off the South Birchwood Loop exit. The chalet is on the left one-third of a mile past Chugiak High School.

Eagle River jumped on East for a 16-point halftime lead and held on for a 66-56 win last Thursday before falling at West over the weekend.

Ryan Adkins exploded for 25 points along with 6 rebounds and Bryson Rollman chipped in 10 for the Wolves against East. Aaron Davis led Eagle River in rebounds with 12 in the win.

For the opening four minutes of last Saturday’s basketball game at West, the Eagle River Wolves couldn’t find the bottom of the net and found themselves in an 8-0 deficit.

For many years, universities have competed for talented students by promoting academic programs, affordability, athletic teams and campus life. Those elements remain a part of campus recruitment, but today smart students are increasingly making choices based on a university’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

There’s no doubt that a community that values innovation is good for our students, our community partners, and our state. At the University of Alaska, we recognize that investing in innovation and aggressively supporting applied learning is critical.

The Birchwood Community Council met on Feb. 14 to discuss issues ranging from a water transmission pipeline approved in December by the Anchorage Assembly to conversing about a potential new cemetery in Eagle River or Chugiak. Attendees also heard from several candidates for upcoming elections.

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Transmission pipeline

Handily defeating the West Eagles by a 63-38 margin last Thursday night gave Chugiak coach Ryan Hales plenty of opportunity to rest his Lady Mustangs starters in the second half as the regular season heads into its final two weeks.

Led by Eva Palmer’s 20 and Chasity Horn’s 16, the Lady Mustangs outscored West 20-3 in the third quarter to blow open the game.

Chugiak (14-6, 7-3) has a solid hold on the third seed in the Cook Inlet Conference after beating Eagle River 52-5 the next night before losing to East 58-44 on Saturday.

The Eagle River High Nuclear Wolves won the State Championship at the First Tech Challenge Tournament held at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

It’s the second state title in three years for the Nuclear Wolves. Team members Isiah Bauzon, Gage Friesen, Alex Oleniczak, Ryan Sabroski, Keith Sellers, and Sebastian Tunley finished the qualifying rounds in fifth place with a 4-1 record.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski visited Eagle River High School students Tuesday with a question she wanted to hear answered by students.

After the recent mass shooting with 17 killed and dozens more wounded at a high school in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, what should Congress do?

“I need your help,” she told Danielle Lewis’ student government class Feb. 20. “My reality is that I go back to Washington, D.C., on Monday and there is an expectation being built that in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Florida, Congress will have the answer.”

On Monday the Binkley Company and Morris Communications announced the sale of three Alaskan publications: The Alaska Journal of Commerce, the Chugiak-Eagle River Star and The Alaskan Equipment Trader.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Chugiak-Eagle River Star are published weekly, and the Alaskan Equipment Trader is a monthly publication.

The sale is expected to close on Feb. 23. A sale price was not announced.

The Chugiak boys and girls cross country ski teams recovered from a disappointing first day at regional competition at Kincaid Park to each finish second on the day in the classic relay event.

In the overall Cook Inlet Conference totals, the Mustangs finished third for the boys and fourth for the girls, while Eagle River’s teams placed sixth and fifth respectively.

Anchorage West swept the team and individual titles over both days.

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