Alaska News Nightly: March 19, 2013
Ethics Committee To Investigate Rep. Young
Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC
The U.S. House Committee on Ethics is creating a subcommittee to investigate whether Congressman Don Young violated code of conduct. The subcommittee will probe Young’s expenses and travel costs.
Oil Tax Overhaul Goes To Senate Floor
Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau
Legislation that would overhaul the state’s oil tax system has been moving its way through the Senate. Tuesday, the bill made it to the floor. While there wasn’t a formal debate on the bill, Democrats in the minority took advantage of the procedural motions to raise questions about how the changes would affect the state treasury.
CEO: SEARHC Hit Hard By Federal Spending Cut
Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka
A healthcare organization with thousands of patients in Southeast Alaska expects a massive hit to its budget. The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC for short, says it’s the result of federal spending cuts known as “sequestration.”
Board of Fisheries Meets In Anchorage
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
The state Board of Fisheries started its meeting in Anchorage Tuesday. Board members heard Alaska Fish and Game staff reports, as well as one from the Upper Cook Inlet Task Force. The task force was formed last year to consider options in making changes to how late run Kenai River king salmon are managed. Changes in those rules would influence Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishing regulations. Fish Board members Tom Klubertson and Vince Webster co- chaired the task force. Klubertson told the Board poor Chinook runs last year forced fisheries managers to severely curtail all types of fisheries to try to make Chinook escapement goals.
Draft Otter Handicraft Rules Face Scrutiny
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The federal government has a new proposal for defining handicrafts made out of sea otter pelts. But it’s not what some crafts-makers expected.
Pacific Producer May Remain Aground For Another Week
Brianna Gibbs, KMXT – Kodiak
A fish processing vessel went aground near the Ouzinkie on Friday. The169-foot “Pacific Producer,” out of Seattle, hit bottom between Kodiak and Spruce Island with sixteen aboard. Ten were rescued and taken to Kodiak, while the rest hope to re-float the vessel at high tide.
Kulluk Loaded Onto Transport Vessel
Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska
Preparations are officially underway for the Kulluk drill rig’s trip to Asia.
Polar Bear Cub Gets Temporary Home In Anchorage Zoo
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
An orphaned three-month old polar bear cub found near Point Lay is getting a temporary home at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.
Browder’s Retirement Official, Graff Takes Helm At ASD
Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage
The Anchorage School Board said good bye to Jim Browder and swore in a new Superintendent at their meeting Monday night.
Northern Dynasty Responds To Allegation Make By Senator Cantwell
Mike Mason, KDLG – KDLG – Dillingham
Northern Dynasty Minerals, a partner in the Pebble mine project in the Bristol Bay area, has responded to the allegations made earlier this week by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell that the company was misleading federal officials.