Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioHouse Steps Towards Full Legal Marijuana SalesZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA bill that is fundamental to setting up legal regulations for marijuana in Alaska passed the state House today. The bipartisan vote is a step toward the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board establishing a permit structure that oversees a full legal market, from growers to commercial sales.New Rules For National Guard To Wait Until Next YearAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauA bill that applies a uniform code of military justice to the Alaska National Guard will not pass the Legislature this year.Eielson Will Keep F-16 Squadron Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCThe Secretary of the Air Force told Alaska officials Tuesday that Eielson Air Force Base will keep its F-16 Aggressor squadron.Lawmakers Opt To Keep Anchorage LIO Lease … For Now Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauIn a 13-to-1 vote, the Legislative Council has decided to punt on the question of what to do with the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.Facing Budget Cuts, Aleutians East to Close Cold Bay School Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Aleutians East Borough is closing its second school in three years. The school board voted last week to shut down the Cold Bay School, with state budget cuts looming and enrollment on the decline. Locals are worried the closure could put the tiny community in jeopardy.Juneau Assembly To Decide Fate Of Haven House Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauA group of Juneau residents is challenging a transitional home for former female inmates in their neighborhood. The Juneau Assembly heard the appeal Monday night.Alaska Salmon Producers Seek To Rejoin MSC Certification Dave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamA group of ten of Alaska salmon producers, which represent nearly three quarters of the Alaska’s salmon harvest, are attempting to rejoin the Marine Stewardship Council label.Private Funding Allows Round Island To Remain Staffed, Open Dave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamRound Island, the centerpiece of Alaska’s Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary will remain staffed this summer and perhaps next, thanks to private funding. Last year, citing state budget cuts, Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation removed funding for the program, which costs around $100,000 annually.Search Continues For ‘Denali Highway Dog’ Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA Fairbanks animal advocate is continuing her effort to rescue a loose dog in the Anderson area. The so-called “Denali Highway Dog” has been wandering through communities along the Parks Highway since last summer.
Even though I think @Earl_Thomas is a better pure safety than me, I’ll take the nod. pic.twitter.com/VyBSEMJTBs— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) July 21, 2016Eight out of 19 voters named Mathieu as the best safety in the game.Here’s a sampling of what some of Mathieu’s supporters had to say:Elliot Harrison: “This year, the Seahawks will have two All-Pro safeties … but one of them will have to accept second-team honors. Honey Badger = Defensive Player of the Year.”Michael Robinson: “Mathieu plays nearly every position in the secondary and is the key piece to the Cardinals’ D.”Marcas Grant: “Mathieu is arguably the glue that holds together one of the league’s best defenses.”Solomon Wilcots: “Honey Badger’s overall versatility makes him the most useful safety in the league.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact What position does Tyrann Mathieu play exactly?Good question, and one that is being considered heavily as the Arizona Cardinals continue to work on a new contract for their stud fourth-year defensive back.While position may have a huge impact on future earnings for the “Honey Badger,” it’s immaterial when it comes to the game. Mathieu is a force no matter where he lines up in Arizona’s defense. NFL.com is conducting its NFL Summer Games, in which a panel of experts votes for their gold, silver and bronze medal winners at each position (in a nod to the upcoming Rio Olympics), and Mathieu won the gold medal in the safeties competition, beating out Seattle’s Earl Thomas and Minnesota’s Harrison Smith. Dave Dameshek: “Move over, “QB League”: The NFL is now about hybrid players — and the Honey Badger is the best of the bunch.”Ike Taylor: “Mathieu’s versatility makes him the best safety in the game, and he’s close to cracking the lineup as a corner, as well — especially since he took more than 60 percent of snaps at slot corner.”Eric Davis: “Honey Badger can line up anywhere on the field, across from any player. ”Jamie Dukes: “Mathieu is a special player. And what I appreciate most about him is how he rebuilt himself as the gold standard — as a player and person. ”Mathieu was a strong contender for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year last season before a knee injury suffered in Week 15 against Philadelphia sidelined him for the rest of the campaign. The former LSU star had 90 total tackles — good for second-most on the team — with one sack and five interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown in a Week 3 win over San Francisco.Other safeties who were mentioned in the voting were Kansas City’s Eric Berry, Seattle’s Kam Chancellor, Miami’s Reshad Jones, Philadelphia’s Malcolm Jenkins, free agent Will Hill and New England’s Devin McCourty. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) intercepts a pass for a touchdown as San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) misses the catch during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)