Alaska News Nightly: April 15, 2013
Several Alaskans Describe Scene At Boston Marathon Finish
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Several Alaskans were near the finish line of the Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded in the crowded finish area. No Alaskans are known to be among the two people who were killed and the more than 100 others who were injured. Identifications of those victims have not yet been released.
No Special Session For Legislature
Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau
For the first time since 2010, the Alaska State Legislature has wrapped up in 90 days. With Republican majorities in both chambers, they passed legislation big and small. They advanced an in-state gasline project, and also put together a financing program to truck natural gas from the North Slope to the Interior. But the most important piece of legislation they passed was a bill cutting oil taxes. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that it’s a priority that Governor Sean Parnell has fought for throughout his administration.
Opponents Of New Oil Taxes Likely To Petition To Reverse Bill
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
There will likely be a petition drive to reverse the new oil tax bill passed by the legislature Sunday night. A number of the people who campaigned against Senate Bill 21 had a strategy meeting today at Democratic Party Headquarters.
Joe Miller Eyes Begich’s Senate Seat
Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC
2010 Senate candidate Joe Miller says he’s exploring another Senate run. This time, he’s eyeing the seat held by Democrat Mark Begich.
Miller is taking the first step to formally announcing his bid for a race that’s more than a year and a half away.
Hall Takes Lead Over Write-In In West Anchorage Assembly Race
Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage
Over the weekend, the Anchorage Municipal Clerk’s office released updated numbers for the April 2 Municipal Election, including for the close race in West Anchorage’s District 3. By Saturday evening, Ernie Hall had widened the gap between he and the write-ins, leading by more than 300 votes.
Bethel Kids Qualify For National Archers In School Program
Sophie Evan, KYUK – Bethel
Grade school archers in Bethel will soon be competing nationally. After winning at state competition, they have qualified for the National Archers in School Program in Louisville, Kentucky next month.
Alaska Cultural Connections: Urban Elders
Len Anderson, APRN Contributor
When many of us imagine a typical Alaskan Native elder, we may think of an older person living in a bush village, or perhaps a hub community like Bethel, Barrow or Wrangell. But while that situation may still be true for the majority of elders, increasing numbers are following their families to Alaska’s cities.