Alaska News Nightly: March 14, 2013

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Interior Report Faults Shell for Mismanagement of Contractors

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The Department of Interior has concluded its expedited review of Shell’s failed 2012 Arctic drilling campaign. Before resuming activity in the Arctic Ocean, the company must undergo a third party review of its entire operation.

Browder Steps Down, Replacement Named

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Anchorage School District Superintendent Jim Browder will retire in June after less than one year on the job, and his replacement has already been chosen.

House Passes Version Of State Operating Budget

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

The House passed its version of the state operating budget today, trimming the governor’s proposal by $100 million. Debate over the bill didn’t result in any changes, but Democrats used it as a way to put their funding priorities on record.

Hoonah Hydro Project Will Cut Diesel Fuel

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Hoonah is a big step closer to generating power from a nearby waterway. But the project developer still needs to clear one federal agency and change its rate structure to fully benefit the community.

CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld reports on the energy project, discussed at the recent Southeast Conference Mid-Session Summit in Juneau.

Competition Fierce Among Iditarod’s Top-20

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Competition in this year’s Iditarod was nothing less than fierce.  The race for first and second place was close, but there were three other competitions among top-20 finishers that were even closer.

Alaska Author Releases New Book ‘Heat’

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

It may seem odd that an Alaskan author would write an entire book on the concept of heat, but all things hot is the focus of Bill Streever’s newest offering. Streever is the author of the best seller Cold and in his new book, he explores everything from tasting crude oil to walking on fire, an experience  he described as enjoyable.