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Alaska News Nightly: March 7, 2013

March 7, 2013

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Senate Committee Considers Interior Nominee

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Interior Department, REI chief executive Sally Jewell had her time before the Senate Energy committee today.

The hearing touched on a whole host of Alaska issues, without many details.

Agencies Can Soon Use Herbicides, Pesticides On State Lands Without Permit

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

State agencies no longer need a Department of Environmental Conservation permit to use herbicides and pesticides on state property and rights of way. That’s unless it’s sprayed from an aircraft or directly into water.

Alaska Railroad Cutting Over 50 Jobs

Annie Feidt, APRN – Annie

The Alaska Railroad is cutting more than 50 jobs in an effort to trim the corporation’s costs as federal grants and revenue decline sharply.

Jury Rules In Favor Of City In Homer Airport Shooting Case

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

A jury today ruled in favor of the City of Homer and three Homer Police officers who were accused of acting recklessly during a 2006 shootout at the Homer Airport.

Lead Dogs Begin To Prove Themselves

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Martin Buser’s unusual strategy in this year’s Iditarod is paying off- at least for now. The Big Lake musher regained the lead at about 2pm this afternoon, when he left the checkpoint of Iditarod. He will have a several hour lead on his closest competitors, including Lance Mackey, Aaron Burmeister and Aliy Zirkle.

As Iditarod teams spread out on the trail, lead dogs will start to prove themselves.  It’s up to mushers to make sure their leaders remain healthy at the front of the team.

Dillingham Couple Attempts To Set World Record

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

A Dillingham couple attempted to set a new world record yesterday. They believe they have built the most air-tight house on the planet. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger stopped by as they prepared to test that theory.

Fairbanks’ ‘College Hill’ Area To Go By Athabascan Name

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The hill where the University of Alaska Fairbanks sits is again being recognized by its Athabascan name.  A Native elder is calling it an important first step toward restoring many Athabascan place names around Fairbanks.

State Legislators Coming Together To Make Music

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Around this time of year, Juneau is known for the bustle of the legislative session — the committee hearings, the press conferences, and the many, many floor speeches. But after hours, some members of the capital gang can be found making noise of a different variety.

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