Amid Shop Raids, Alaska Marijuana Industry Association Forms

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With pot legalization on the table in Alaska, but business plans and regulatory issues still on the drawing board, a new trade group hopes to usher the state’s cannabis industry through a rocky period. Remember when reporter Charlo Greene quit her job on live TV —complete with profanity—after reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club , because she is the owner of the medical marijuana club?

SCD Group: Chicken, Bus, Holland America & Associations: How do.

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Last month, our Holland America (@HALcruises) tour bus broke down while we were driving the Top of the World highway (TOTWH) from Chicken, ALaska, to Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. Chicken, Alaska, an isolated (100+ miles from nearest cell signal) "way station" of 37 people is a hard hour drive from Tok, the nearest village. Obviously, your association may not manage events in an area as isolated as Chicken, Alaska, but you are likely to confront various issues. Pages.

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Membership Hack: Virtual Chapters

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That’s why NIGP, the Institute for Public Procurement, set up a virtual chapter to connect members far away from each other in Alaska and Hawaii. In a recent Billhighway article , Jeff Dansdill, past president of the Alaska-Hawaii Governmental Procurement Association (AHGPA), explains how the two states came together three years ago to form one virtual chapter. “I I talked with a couple of people from Alaska and found out they had many of the same issues we experienced in Hawaii.

New Trade Group Goes Fishing for Aquaculture

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In comments to Alaska Public Media , Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation Executive Director Julie Decker noted that the increased production that aquaculture encourages would, at least in the short term, hurt the economy around fish. “If

Associations Build Momentum Around Native American Tourism

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Alaska, and Hawaii could get extra marketing help for their tourism efforts—an area where at least one industry group has been focusing much of its attention. Earlier this week, the Senate passed the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act , which would encourage the federal government to better integrate tourism opportunities from native populations, including those offered by Native Hawaiians, Alaska Natives, and American Indians.

Best Benefit Ever: Chiropractic Credit Expansion

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The Alaska Chiropractic Society is helping members gain access to needed business resources, thanks to a new credit union partnership. That’s why the Alaska Chiropractic Society (ACS) has announced a new partnership with the Chiropractic Federal Credit Union (CFCU). What is it? What can ease stress and tension? When it comes to finances, a chiropractor can only go so far.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.29.20

Reid All About it

Check out the midnight sun and aurora borealis, paddling down the Chena River, or dog mushing in these 360-view videos from Fairbanks, Alaska. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Reboarding members.

Daily Buzz: GoFundMe Launches Fundraising Platform for Nonprofits

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American, United, and Alaska Airlines are all removing screens from most of their medium-range aircraft. GoFundMe Charity is designed to make generating donations easier—and more social. Also: Say goodbye to in-flight entertainment. Are you considering crowdsourcing funds for your association’s next project? GoFundMe just announced a new platform specifically for nonprofits: GoFundMe Charity.

Associations Assist With Investigation After Seattle Hijacking

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And associations are offering their assistance as officials at the airport—along with the FBI and Alaska Airlines, which owned the Horizon Air 76-seater—try to make sense of the incident.

Leading a Staff That Works Everywhere

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According to ARCUS’ website , its headquarters is in Fairbanks, Alaska. Others are located at other remote points elsewhere in Alaska, as well as in California, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. I typically travel to Alaska four or five times a year, and while I’m there I make an opportunity to talk to people in the different places I go to, so that as much as possible we get that time face-to-face in person.”

Religion, Gender Top Issues in Library Group’s List of Challenged Books

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In the latest edition of the list, released Monday in connection with National Library Week, the popular Fifty Shades of Grey is near the top, second only to young-adult author John Green’s Looking for Alaska. Below is the ALA’s list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2015: Looking for Alaska , by John Green.

Are Airline Subscription Add-Ons Worth Your Time?

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For example, JetBlue offers free Wi-Fi access, while a post-merger Alaska Airlines has multiple wireless networks on different aircraft that don’t talk to one another, making the call more confusing.). Whether for wireless or an annual discount on baggage, air travelers these days are faced with an array of add-ons. Are they worth paying for, or should you stick to paying as you go?

Religion, Gender Top Issues in Library Group’s List of Challenged Books

Associations Now

In the latest edition of the list, released Monday in connection with National Library Week, the popular Fifty Shades of Grey is near the top, second only to young-adult author John Green’s Looking for Alaska. Below is the ALA’s list of the Top 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2015: Looking for Alaska , by John Green.

Groups Produce Film to Showcase Student Conservation Efforts

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Narrated by actor and producer Alessandro Nivola, the documentary follows the experiences of two SCA high school crews who spent three weeks working in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve and the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. A new documentary chronicling the park conservation efforts of Student Conservation Association volunteers looks to inspire others to take action.

Report: Fliers Happier With Air Travel Experiences in 2016

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At the top of the list of 10 domestic airlines were Alaska Airlines and United; at the bottom were Frontier and Spirit. A new survey from Airlines for America noted that 85 percent of customers expressed satisfaction with their air travel experiences last year. Of course, as a related study recently noted, some airlines have better reputations than others.

How Frequent-flier Program Changes Will Affect Travelers

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Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines has launched a limited promotion that puts a unique spin on mileage redemption. Changes are afoot in how airline miles can be redeemed. Here’s the scoop on what’s going to be happening to those prized reward miles in the next few months. Frequent travelers, take heed: The reward miles you’ve accumulated are about to hit some turbulence as airlines continue to adjust their policies.

Conference Circuit: Real Estate Gets Political

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And the conference’s multiple sessions on the impact of medical marijuana laws on real estate transactions couldn’t come at a better time, considering voters in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC, approved marijuana legalization measures. Timed just perfectly to capitalize on the midterm elections, a major Realtors conference is putting political issues at the forefront of its agenda. Plus: A conference shows museums can be key to community health and wellness.

South Dakota School Group Wades Slowly Into Mascot Debate

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That’s a level far higher than most states—only Alaska and New Mexico have higher percentages of Native Americans in their populations. Rather than taking a bold step in its handling of the controversial issue, the South Dakota High School Activities Association has chosen a measured approach of advising schools against using Native American mascots, instead of banning them.

West Coast Credit Union Groups See Strength in Numbers

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I think that we in the Northwest have a lot of great content, we have a lot to offer,” said Heider, whose organization represents about 150 credit unions in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. After collaborating on a networking event, credit union associations in the Pacific Northwest realized there was growth opportunity in teaming up with their counterparts in Idaho. So far, so good.

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West Coast Credit Union Groups See Strength in Numbers

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I think that we in the Northwest have a lot of great content, we have a lot to offer,” said Heider, whose organization represents about 150 credit unions in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. After collaborating on a networking event, credit union associations in the Pacific Northwest realized there was growth opportunity in teaming up with their counterparts in Idaho. So far, so good.

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Industry Group Forecasts Winds of Change as Wildfires Rage

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Even this year, the wildfires torching regions in the West and even Alaska are “unprecedented,” said Hill, in their early outbreak. New air tankers and helicopters, along with new legislation, are among the tools that could help fight—and fund the fight—against wildfires in the future, according to an official at the American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Association.

Airlines Defend Practices As Antitrust Probe Goes Airborne

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Two other major airlines, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines, say the Justice Department hasn’t reached out to them, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Justice Department’s just-announced investigation into the airline industry’s possible collusion on ticket pricing has the industry’s primary trade group speaking out. But other groups say the Justice Department may have a point. Are the airlines unfairly colluding to keep their ticket prices high?

It's Working.Now What?

Eric Lanke

Image Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mountain_peaks_of_Alaska. Last week I bragged a little. I said the plan my Board has been working on, the plan to elevate our conversation out of the weeds of programs and activities and into the clear horizon of vision statements and success metrics, was actually starting to work.

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Here Come the Drones: Industry Groups Talk Up FAA’s Unmanned Device Tests

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Among the picks was a trio of schools—University of Alaska, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and Virginia Tech— as well as the state of Nevada, Griffiss International Airport in New York state, and the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Business groups in Oregon (where the University of Alaska plans to do some of its testing) and New York were among those thinking big-picture about the potential for the unmanned aerial vehicle industry.

How to Earn Bonuses and Qualify for Promotions with Chase Bank Accounts:

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The offer is available nationwide except in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska. The offer is available nationwide except in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska. Available online nationwide except in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Forget about t-shirts, caps, and toasters. Banks are now fighting tooth and nail for your business. Chase bank is one of the most generous banks offering hundreds of dollars in bonuses and promotions, and all you need to do is open an account with them.

Groups Push Ban on Powdered Alcohol in Massachusetts and Beyond

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Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia have already banned the substance. Powdered alcohol? Yes, there is such a thing. And while the product is currently legal at the federal level, state associations are putting up resistance against its sale, noting the dangers to consumers. Last year, the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau gave the go-ahead for the future sale of powdered alcohol in the United States.

TSA’s Fee Changes Are Causing Headaches

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such as Hawaii and Alaska, along with those entering from foreign countries. With the airline industry filing a lawsuit and computer glitches leading to travelers being overcharged, the Transportation Security Administration’s recent security fee increase has been anything but smooth. The fee hike is still fresh—and so are the problems the change is generating.

Thursday Buzz: This Association’s Celebrating the National Parks

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The tour includes Bryce Canyon, in Utah, and the Kenai Fjords, in Alaska, among others. President Obama joins the National Parks Conservation Association in marking a major milestone. Plus: What’s with annoying event rules? A hundred years have come and gone; and yet, the forests and wildlife contained within are as young as ever. Today, the National Park Service marked its 100th anniversary with a brand-new addition.

Airlines, Private Companies Take Stab at Getting Around TSA’s Lines

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Alaska Airlines has used CLEAR’s biometrics technology for boarding passes, for example. CLEAR, a company that uses biometrics to offer a shortcut at the airport security line, has earned a major boost in recent months. But the strategy, which comes with a yearly membership fee, has proved controversial for some.

Ask These 5 Questions Before Planning Your Next Meeting

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The city is also a great jumping-off point to Whistler, Victoria, Alaska cruises, and the Okanagan Valley wine region, making extended stays a real lure. How meeting planners can prioritize what matters most to their organization in planning their next event. Association executives want to hit a homerun with every conference. No one’s happy with so-so speakers, breakout sessions, food and entertainment—least of all the people who planned the event.

Roundup: Ballot Initiatives Make Breakthroughs on Election Night

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The midterms were particularly fruitful for marijuana legalization efforts, with Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, DC, passing laws legalizing the drug. Precedents set by passage of key ballot initiatives on issues as diverse as genetically modified organisms, marijuana, and sugary beverages have associations and trade groups speaking out.

Governors’ Group Launches Online Tool to Help Preserve ‘Crucial Habitats’

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The database of digital maps, which use biological data to illustrate crucial habitats across 16 states stretching from Alaska to Oklahoma, will help ensure that “wildlife values are better incorporated into land-use decision making,” the association said. The new tool, released by the Western Governors’ Association, was designed to reduce conflicts and ensure greater consideration of wildlife values in land-use decisions in western states.

Associations Canada: The “Power of A” in the Great White North

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With a population of slightly more than 35,000 people, Canada’s smallest territory—which shares much of its border with Alaska—is full of small communities. 170K The estimated number of nonprofits in Canada, according to Imagine Canada. The country has the world’s second-largest nonprofit sector, employing 2 million people and representing $106 billion in Canadian dollars ($83.7 billion USD). The Netherlands has the largest nonprofit sector; the U.S. is fifth.). O, Canada!

Oregon State Bar Maps the Road to Greater Diversity

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Around 2 percent of Oregon lawyers are Hispanic, another 2 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander, 1 percent are black and another 1 percent are American Indian or Alaska Native. The organization, which represents legal professionals in a judicial system that has been dogged by a lack of diversity, says it’s been making progress on the issue. But there’s lingering evidence that there’s still a long way to go.

Announcing My Next Book: The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit

Beth Kanter

Not long after, I was leading a workshop in Alaska at a nonprofit conference, and we had another chance to connect. I am excited to announce that I am working on my next book, tentatively titled “The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.” I’m honored to be co-authoring this book with Aliza Sherman to be published in 2017 by Wiley.

Airline Quality Rating High in 2012, but So Are Passenger Complaints

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” The study ranked the 14 airlines in the following order, from best to poorest performance: Virgin America, JetBlue, AirTran, Delta, Hawaiian, Alaska, Frontier, Southwest, US Airways, American, American Eagle, SkyWest, ExpressJet, and United. Business Travel Looking Stronger The outlook for business travel is getting brighter, the Global Business Travel Association announced this week. Given an increase in consumer and business confidence, GBTA now estimates a 5.1

Have you tried these? 7 Innovative Ideas to Fight this Recession

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2 - Personalize the Member Experience.Literally Kimberly Gray of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska told me about how they started a group of assocate members called the Associates Council. A few months ago MGI published a white paper I wrote entitled "Seven Innovative Ideas to Fight This Recession." The purpose of the paper is to present seven practical ideas that membership leaders are using now to keep this recession from eroding their membership.

Pediatrics Group Revisits Marijuana Policy

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Marijuana for recreational use is currently legal in Colorado and Washington state; voters in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia approved legalization measures in the 2014 elections but those measures have not yet taken effect. In an updated policy statement this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics reiterated marijuana’s risks to children. But it argues for different approaches to penalties and research, and limited “compassionate use” in treating sick kids.

Why Nevada Doesn’t Have the Powerball

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Alaska has cited its small population size as a deterrent. A combination of resort-industry opposition and lack of legislative momentum has kept Nevada, a state known for its legalized gambling, out of the lottery for decades. As a result, many state residents headed to the border for Powerball tickets this week, in hopes of getting their hands on the $1.5 billion jackpot.

What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

Beth Kanter

This reminded me of Margaret Wheatley, who was the keynote speaker at a conference in Alaska where I was doing a workshop a few years ago. This post follows yesterday’s post about networked leadership skills. I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens – I got to teach but more importantly got to learn from amazing people.