St. Michael voters keep alcohol prohibition

Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) St. Michael voters have decided to continue the ban on alcohol that has been in place for 17 years.

Voters rejected a proposal Wednesday that would have allowed community members to possess but not sell booze. The measure failed 36-77.

Mayor Carl Otten, whose brother was shot to death by a drunken man during the village's last brief flirtation with legal booze, said the village feared it would lose its health aides and village public safety officers if the community went damp again.

In 1986, the village agreed to allow the possession of alcohol. That lasted only months, however, before villagers decided to again to prohibit alcohol.

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