Alaska News Nightly: March 25, 2013

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Federal Judge Dismisses Alaska Courts Roadless Rule Challenge

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

A federal judge has dismissed Alaska’s court challenge of the roadless rule for national forest land.

Alaska had the last remaining legal case against the 2001 nationwide rule, which prohibits new road construction, reconstruction or logging on large undeveloped areas of national forest land across the U.S. That includes parts of the Tongass and Chugach national forests in Alaska.

U.S. District Court judge Richard Leon ruled this month that the state missed a six-year deadline for mounting its legal challenge.

U.S. Senate Passes Budget

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Early Saturday morning the U.S. Senate passed a budget, a first in four years.

Joining us from the Capitol to recap the vote and what it means for Alaska is APRN’s Washington correspondent Peter Granitz.

First Lady Speaks Out Against Public Safety Cut

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

A move to reduce funding for a new sex trafficking investigation unit has one high-profile critic: Alaska First Lady Sandy Parnell.

Sitka Herring Fleet Goes On 2-Hour Notice

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

The Sitka herring fishery went on two-hour notice today at 11 a.m. It means if Fish & Game calls an opening, the fleet has at least two hours to make it to the location of the fishery.

Researcher Completes Study Of Interior Agriculture

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Interior Alaska farmers are losing money, but there’s hope for the industry.  That’s the conclusion of a nationally recognized agricultural researcher who recently completed a study of Fairbanks area farming.

New Book Offers How-To Tips For Aspiring Homesteaders

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

How to successfully live off the grid in remote areas, is the subject of a new book called The Alaska Homesteader’s Handbook-Independent Living on the Last Frontier.

Gold Medal Basketball Tournament Focuses On Community

Scott Burton, APRN Contributor

This time of year, Madness Madness thrusts basketball into the spotlight across the U.S.  But in Southeast Alaska, fans are focused a little closer to home.  As part of our on-going series looking at culture in Alaska, we visited the Juneau Lions’ Club 67th annual Gold Medal Tournament.  Teams from Sitka, Metlakatla, Juneau, Hoonah, Wrangel, Angoon, Klukwan, Yakutat, Kake, Haines, and Hydaburg competed against each other. And, as contributor Scott Burton found – they play as much for the community as for the game.