Alaska News Nightly: March 7, 2013
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.