Alaska News Nightly: December 4, 2012

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Senate Passes Bill That Could Delay Eielson AFB Closure

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The U.S. Senate passed a bill today outlining the nation’s defense policy for the year. The bill could potentially delay the closure of Eielson Air Force Base.

Mead Treadwell Considering U.S. Senate Run

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

U.S. Senator Mark Begich is shrugging off Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell’s announcement he may run against the incumbent in two years.

Wolf Advocates Say Lack Of Denali Buffer Has Economic Consequences

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The decline of at least one wolf pack along the eastern border of Denali National Park and Preserve has wildlife advocates concerned that wolf watching in and around the park could become a thing of the past. The groups argue that a decline in the wolf population could have a dire impact on the local economy.

Frigid Temperatures Close Delta-Area Schools

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The cold snap that’s been gripping the Interior for more than a week now finally pushed the mercury to 50 below in the Delta Junction area, so Delta-Greely School District officials canceled classes this morning. The Delta district is one of the few in the Interior that closes schools if the temperature drops too low.

University Aims To Reign In Health Care Plan Costs

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The University of Alaska, is looking at health care plan changes. The university covers over 80 percent of the cost of health insurance for about 4,000 employees.  Many of the plan changes are aimed at reining in costs, which are rising 7 to 10 percent a year.

Fishing Fleet Picks Through Details Of Expanded Observer Program

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

A meeting about the federal government’s fishery observer program drew a large crowd of vessel owners to the Petersburg Firehall last week. Federal officials addressed dozens of questions and concerns from local fishermen, most of whom will be included in the program for the first time starting in January.

Caribou Hunting Opens Near Bethel

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

Caribou hunting is open in Unit 18 near Bethel. Like last year, subsistence hunters can take two caribou, but some of the language surrounding how hunters are able to take caribou is different.

Didrickson Named To Alaska Sports Hall Of Fame

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

Sitka basketball legend Herb Didrickson has been named to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

Didrickson was selected for the honor over the weekend, along with former Eilson football coach Buck Nystrom.