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Posted by Daniel Cornwall

I recently received a mailing that claimed that under villages would not have the right to control marijuana if Ballot Measure 2 passes. In fact, they would have considerable control over a new marijuana industry and not lose any control they currently have over personal possession or use of marijuana. If you visit the Region I Official Election Pamphlet and look at page 86 of the PDF file, you’ll find this section on local control:

Sec. 17.38.110. Local control.
(a) A local government may prohibit the operation of marijuana cultivation facilities,
marijuana product manufacturing facilities, marijuana testing facilities, or retail marijuana
stores through the enactment of an ordinance or by a voter initiative.
(b) A local government may enact ordinances or regulations not in conflict with this chapter
or with regulations enacted pursuant to this chapter, governing the time, place, manner
and number of marijuana establishment operations. A local government may establish civil
penalties for violation of an ordinance or regulation governing the time, place, and manner of
a marijuana establishment that may operate in such local government.
(c) A local government may designate a local regulatory authority that is responsible for
processing applications submitted for a registration to operate a marijuana establishment
within the boundaries of the local government. The local government may provide that the
local regulatory authority may issue such registrations should the issuance by the local
government become necessary because of a failure by the board to adopt regulations

pursuant to AS 17.38.090 or to accept or process applications in accordance with AS
(d) A local government may establish procedures for the issuance, suspension, and
revocation of a registration issued by the local government in accordance with (f) of this
section or (g) of this section. These procedures shall be subject to all requirements of AS
44.62, the Administrative Procedure Act.
(e) A local government may establish a schedule of annual operating, registration, and
application fees for marijuana establishments, provided, the application fee shall only be
due if an application is submitted to a local government in accordance with (f) of this section
and a registration fee shall only be due if a registration is issued by a local government in
accordance with (f) of this section or (g) of this section.
(f) If the board does not issue a registration to an applicant within 90 days of receipt of
the application filed in accordance with AS 17.38.100 and does not notify the applicant of
the specific, permissible reason for its denial, in writing and within such time period, or if the
board has adopted regulations pursuant to AS 17.38.090 and has accepted applications
pursuant to AS 17.38.100 but has not issued any registrations by 15 months after the
effective date of this act, the applicant may resubmit its application directly to the local
regulatory authority, pursuant to (c) of this section, and the local regulatory authority
may issue an annual registration to the applicant. If an application is submitted to a local
regulatory authority under this paragraph, the board shall forward to the local regulatory
authority the application fee paid by the applicant to the board upon request by the local
regulatory authority.
(g) If the board does not adopt regulations required by AS 17.38.090, an applicant may
submit an application directly to a local regulatory authority after one year after the effective
date of this act and the local regulatory authority may issue an annual registration to the
(h) A local regulatory authority issuing a registration to an applicant shall do so within
90 days of receipt of the submitted or resubmitted application unless the local regulatory
authority finds and notifies the applicant that the applicant is not in compliance with
ordinances and regulations made pursuant to (b) of this section in effect at the time the
application is submitted to the local regulatory authority. The local government shall notify
the board if an annual registration has been issued to the applicant.
(i) A registration issued by a local government in accordance with (f) of this section or (g)
of this section shall have the same force and effect as a registration issued by the board
in accordance with AS 17.38.100. The holder of such registration shall not be subject to
regulation or enforcement by the board during the term of that registration.
(j) A subsequent or renewed registration may be issued under (f) of this section on an
annual basis only upon resubmission to the local government of a new application submitted
to the board pursuant to AS 17.38.100.
(k) A subsequent or renewed registration may be issued under (g) of this section on an
annual basis if the board has not adopted regulations required by AS 17.38.090 at least
90 days prior to the date upon which such subsequent or renewed registration would be
effective or if the board has adopted regulations pursuant to AS 17.38.090 but has not, at
least 90 days after the adoption of such regulations, issued registrations pursuant to AS
(l) Nothing in this section shall limit such relief as may be available to an aggrieved party under AS 44.62, the Administrative Procedure Act

You’ll notice as I did that the initiative is silent on personal possession and use. That’s because the State Supreme court ruled a long time ago that small amounts of marijuana in a person’s home was protected by the privacy clause of the Alaska Constitution, as acknowledged by the Alaska Department of Law. So villages would not be losing any authority to ban marijuana use entirely because they haven’t had that authority since 1975. They WILL be able to ban retail sales and growing operations or elect to collect licensing fees on operations in their communities.

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Reading Across Boundaries

Oct. 31st, 2014 10:57 am
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This is the time of year when librarians get excited about the Youth Media Awards from ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children. The Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Printz, and Sibert Award winners (and more) will be announced in January and we can’t wait. Most exciting for people who love picture books, as I do, will be the announcement of the Caldecott winner and Honors. At this time of year, we ponder our favorites, read awards predictions (you are reading Calling Caldecott, right?), and keep reading our picture books.
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Tomorrow is Halloween, and author James Preller wants to scare your children—the safe, exhilarating type of scare, that is, which comes from a well-constructed set of spooky stories just for the younger set. He’s been doing this not just on Halloween but all during the year with Scary Tales, his chapter book series of ghost stories, launched last year and illustrated by Iacopo Bruno.
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When we talk about children’s and YA literature, we’re talking about a wide spectrum. And on the left side of the spectrum are many points. You’ve got board books, followed by picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, graphic novels and on to middle-grade novels. There’s a spot on this spectrum right between beginning readers and chapter books that is a sweet spot for me. I’ll call it Early Chapter Books, for lack of a better term, and they’re those very first chapter books for young readers.

By the Numbers

Oct. 24th, 2014 07:41 pm
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Posted by David Ferriero

The holdings of the National Archives are vast. With more than 12 billion pages of textual records alone, it is essential that we continue to explore and employ innovative strategies to provide effective access. By understanding how you currently access our records and better understanding your unique needs, we will be better positioned to ensure your success in using the country’s records.

Women from are getting into vocational schools to learn war work
Analyzing our work.
From Record Group 208: Records of the Office of War Information, 1926 – 1951. National Archives Identifier: 535579


Here’s what some of our data shows:

Physical Visits:

Number of visits to all NARA facilities in FY2014: 4,163,905; up from 4,112,813 in FY13

  • Number of visits to our exhibits in FY2014: 3,451,044; up from 3,204,642 in FY13
  • Number of researcher visits to all NARA facilities in FY2014: 104,366; down from 114,096 in FY13

Number of written requests answered by all NARA offices in FY2014: 1,065,513; down from 1,132,525 in FY13

  • Number of written requests (includes fax, letter, email) received by all NARA archival offices in FY2014: 114,577; down from 122,442 in FY13
  • Number of written requests received by the St. Louis Military Personnel Records Center in FY2014: 950,936; down from 1,010,083 in FY13

Website and Online Catalog:

  • Traffic to Archives.gov: We had 31,093,042 visits from 22,869,469 visitors who viewed 86,729,808 pages, up 6% from FY13
  • Percentage of online users
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Facing War on All Fronts

Oct. 23rd, 2014 07:47 pm
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Sixteen thousand, five hundred and ninety-two American soldiers died in Vietnam in 1968. Chris Crowe’s Death Coming Up the Hill is a homefront story about that year, told in haiku form: 976 of them to be exact, equaling 16,592 syllables. Put like that, it sounds gimmicky—but it doesn’t read like that at all.
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Posted by fanhackers

The New York Times generally presented fanfiction as a financial opportunity for the corporations that own the intellectual properties copied by fanfiction. Many articles asserted that franchises benefit from, and in some cases rely on, their fanfiction communities. For example, Harris (2008) ties the box office success of the X-Files film to the continued health of its fanfiction community, while Heffernan (2008) depicts a lack of homoerotic fanfiction as problematic for the success of any show with a large, attractive male cast. Thompson (2005) reports on the lucrative partnership between the Halo fan-film circle Rooster Teeth and Halo’s copyright holder Microsoft. This “co-opted/encouraged by industry” frame presents a view of fanfiction’s future as a marketing tool, rather than a fan-driven culture. The frame is frequently associated with the “self-branding” purpose frame; teenagers who desire to become part of their favored franchise show their solidarity with the product and fan subculture in ways which are extremely beneficial for intellectual property holders (Hitt 2008; Scott 2002).

Drew Emanuel Berkowitz, Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How The New York Times’ Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education ift.tt/1FA6vyk

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Happy American Archives Month

Oct. 20th, 2014 05:36 pm
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Posted by David Ferriero

Beverly (MA) High School is a happening place!  Last week BHS graduate Angie Miller, an American Idol finalist visited.  And the day after, AOTUS spent the day—the first time since June of 1963!

As I said many times during the day, it was not the same Beverly High School that I left.  I was tremendously impressed with the seamless integration of technology throughout, the active participation of the students in the learning experience, and the excitement of the students hosting a visitor from Washington.

AOTUS at classroom at Beverly High School
David Ferriero visits student classrooms at Beverly High School. Photo by The Salem News

I got to visit classrooms, chop onions and garlic in a culinary arts class, and speak to hundreds of students in an afternoon assembly.  I wanted to make my time with them as meaningful as possible so suggested that we do some crowdsourcing of questions in advance.  Lots of great questions arrived which sorted neatly into four categories:  the records, the job, the institution, and personal questions.

What type of documents do you archive?  Do you read all of them? What happens if you touch an historical document?  What is your role in government?  What are your daily duties?  What is your salary?  How do you keep it all organized?  Is there very tight security in the archives?  What do you wear to work?  Have you ever … [ Read all ]

Learning to Break the Rules

Oct. 20th, 2014 04:38 pm
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...I get straight As, always dress properly, never break curfew, and am so unfailingly obedient that my best friend, Shoshana, likes to joke that I should change my initials from DFB—Devorah Frayda Blum—to FFB, short for “frum from birth,” which is basically the Yiddish equivalent of “hopeless goody two-shoes.” My parents, of course, are thrilled with the virtuous daughter they’ve raised, but as their expectations rise, mine lower. Because the life of a good girl, of a doting wife and mother, is a cloudless blue sky stretching across a flat horizon. And as it rages outside I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to be in the eye of the storm.
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I knew I’d like to write about some good, new Halloween-inspired children’s books this month, and it just occurred to me that this week would be a good one to do that. Halloween is in two weeks, but you gotta have enough time to look for them on library or bookstore shelves, yes? So, let’s get right to it. I’ve seen a handful of these seasonal books, but here are some of my favorites from 2014.
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