Alaska News Nightly: June 29, 2012

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Fiscal New Year Starts With Low Income

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

The new year arrives this coming Sunday. That’s the fiscal new year for most businesses and for the state.  The budget the legislature passed during this year’s session will also go into effect over the weekend.   And the people who are already at work writing the budget for next year are keeping a careful watch on the effects of low oil prices.

Rundown of a Busy Week in D.C., What it Means for Alaska

Daysha Eaton, APRN – Anchorage

Congress is wrapping up a heavy legislative week before the week-long 4th of July recess. And it was a big week for Alaska. APRN’s Peter Granitz in Washington D.C. joins Daysha Eaton to talk about how Alaska fared. Granitz says one of the biggest wins for the state came in the transportation bill.

Small businesses Worry About Health Law’s Unknowns

Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – Sitka

When the Supreme Court decided to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act, it raised a whole batch of new questions about how the legislation will play out — and it’s those unknowns that have some small businesses on edge.

Greenpeace Makes Way Toward Unalaska

Alexander Gutierrez, KUCB – Unalaska

Greenpeace is making its way north as part of its campaign against Arctic drilling. Greenpeace had initially timed the trip so that the Esperanza would shadow Shell’s drill ships as they did exploratory work in the Arctic. But because of persistent sea ice, Shell is delaying their drilling schedule.

University of Alaska President Proposes Tuition Hike

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

University of Alaska president Pat Gamble is proposing a two percent tuition hike for the 2013-2014 school year. The increase, if approved by regents, would be the smallest at UA in over a decade. Associate Vice President for student and enrollment Saichi Oba says the hike reflects increased fixed and labor costs, and the burden of higher tuition.

Salmon Fishing Restrictions Down

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

As the Sockeye and Chum runs pick up on the Kuskokwim River, salmon fishing restrictions have eased for lower river fishers.

Free Tacos Because of Hoax

Mark Arehart, KYUK – Bethel

The community of Bethel is getting a fast-food treat this Sunday in the form of tacos, thousands and thousands of tacos.  The Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bell is sending Bethel this free gift, along with a film and video crew, because of a hoax.

AK: Ionia

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenia

Among thick spruce forests just a few miles offshore of Cook Inlet near, Kasilof about 40 people have been carving out their own version of an Alaskan life.  It’s called Ionia- not a commune exactly, but a place where residents can live a different kind of life. Now in its third decade on the Kenai Peninsula, the community continues to grow, and not just in numbers.

300 Villages: Bettles

This week we’re heading to Bettles, a tiny community on the edge of Gates of the Arctic National Park. Jamie Klaes works at the Bettles Lodge.