In this file photo, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, Malaspina and Tazlina, hidden from view, are tied up at the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo, the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries LeConte, left, Malaspina and Tazlina, hidden from view, are tied up at the Auke Bay Terminal on Thursday, July 25, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Evan Wood, one of the owners of Devil’s Club Brewing Company, talks in August about what proposed rule changes for Alaska’s breweries and distilleries would mean for his business. Those changes weren’t adopted because of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decision Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Evan Wood, one of the owners of Devil’s Club Brewing Company, talks in August about what proposed rule changes for Alaska’s breweries and distilleries would mean for his business. Those changes weren’t adopted because of an Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decision Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Former Director of the state’s combined alcohol and marijuana control office Erika McConnell, left, sits with Marijuana board chairman Mark Springer in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. The board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry voted to fire McConnell following last month’s vote by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to dismiss her. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Top Alaska marijuana regulator fired from job

The Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2.

Former Director of the state’s combined alcohol and marijuana control office Erika McConnell, left, sits with Marijuana board chairman Mark Springer in Anchorage, Alaska, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. The board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry voted to fire McConnell following last month’s vote by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to dismiss her. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
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In this file photo from Sept. 15, 2016, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen makes a presentation to the university’s Board of Regents at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreation Center. Johnsen and the UA board discussed tuition increases and budget concerns Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this file photo from Sept. 15, 2016, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen makes a presentation to the university’s Board of Regents at the University of Alaska Southeast Recreation Center. Johnsen and the UA board discussed tuition increases and budget concerns Friday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
n this file photo from Feb. 25, 2019, Kevin Clarkson answers questions in front of the House Judiciary Committee. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Early blows for state of Alaska in prominent cases

The state has suffered recent blows in lawsuits.

n this file photo from Feb. 25, 2019, Kevin Clarkson answers questions in front of the House Judiciary Committee. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Matt Barnaby, co-owner and brewer at the Barnaby Brewing Company, photographed on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, has added his name to a list of commenters who don’t like a proposed definition change by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that would limit the sorts of activities that can happen in breweries and distilleries. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Brewery and distillery regulations widely panned in public comments

The people have spoken, and they don’t like a proposed definition change.

Matt Barnaby, co-owner and brewer at the Barnaby Brewing Company, photographed on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, has added his name to a list of commenters who don’t like a proposed definition change by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that would limit the sorts of activities that can happen in breweries and distilleries. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Recall Dunleavy application denied by Department of Law

Department says application is ‘both factually and legally insufficient.’