News Briefs, Week of March 2

By Sarah Richards
Sun Star Reporter

Underage drinking

The Alaska State Senate passed a bill on Feb. 22 to increase penalties for underage drinking offenses from $1,000 to $1,500.

Senate Bill 194, “Civil Damages for Alcohol Violations,” penalizes both minors who purposefully enter businesses licensed to sell alcohol and legal adults who purchase alcohol for minors or for adults restricted from buying alcohol.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, and is now under consideration by the House of Representatives.

New Lab

The UA Geography Program recently opened a neogeography lab as part of Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning (SNAP).

The lab is currently serving as a classroom for a special topics course in neogeography, as well as a research and brainstorm area for SNAP members. With quick access to Google Earth, students and researchers are able to use Mac computers to see what the planet looks like from space in a new and interactive way.

More information can be found on the SNRAS blog at

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