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Zachariah Hughes, KSKA - Anchorage

3,000 Pounds of Auctioned Antlers Highlight State’s Role Managing Trafficked Wildlife

Handsome antlers sold for around $175 a pair. Auction buyers often sell raw antlers to artists to use as raw material. Smaller pieces that were cut up for easier transport were kept in plastic totes and auctioned by the pound. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)

The unprecedented tonnage of caribou antlers were the result of a trafficking case stretching from Juneau to the Northwest Arctic community of Selawik.

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Anne Hillman, KSKA - Anchorage

BOEM collecting comments on proposed OCS lease sale in Arctic, Cook Inlet

Alaska's proposed lease sale areas -- boemoceaninfo.com

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held an open house in Anchorage Monday seeking comments on the draft proposed off-shore lease sales for 2017 to 2022, which includes sales in the northern Cook Inlet, the Beaufort and the Chukchi Seas. But the proposal is far from final.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Gov. Walker, Republican Leadership Tangle Over Proposed LNG Line

In a press conference March 2, 2015, Gov. Bill Walker holds up a copy of House Bill 132 that would limit the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation's powers on the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline. House leaders introduced it earlier that day. The governor was adamant that the bill would hinder rather than help progress for the project by tying the state’s hands during negotiations. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

Since Gov. Bill Walker was inaugurated, he and the Legislature’s Republican leadership have traded reams of angry letters and testy press releases. Now, their paper battle has transformed into outright hostility in dueling press conferences. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is on the line to talk about the disagreements over a proposed natural gas line.

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Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet

A coalition of environmental groups says it’s planning to sue to stop Royal Dutch Shell PLC from use Seattle’s waterfront as a homeport for its Arctic oil drilling fleet.

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Joaqlin Estus, KNBA - Anchorage

Nearly $1 Billion Needed To Modernize Rural Sanitation Systems

Members of the Legislative Bush Caucus were told last week in a “Lunch and Learn” session on rural sanitation almost a billion dollars is needed to build, replace, and maintain rural sanitation systems. But, the gap between the level of need and funding is widening.

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Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka

Drones Don’t Fly At Alaska’s Board Of Fish

Not all drones are alike. This unmanned aircraft — now banned by the Board — is just large enough to carry a camera. (Flickr photo/Don McCullough)

The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend. They also shot down the use of unmanned aircraft to aid in salmon fishing.

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Iditarod Trail Invitational Competitors En Route To Nome

Fifty-three racers are taking on Alaska’s vast wilderness under their own power as part of the the Iditarod Trail Invitational. The race follows the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik to Nome. It’s billed as the world’s longest ultra marathon by bike, foot, or ski.

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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Shell Will Limit Rigs to One Moorage, Say Port Officials

Shell Will Limit Rigs to One Moorage, Say Port Officials

Local officials say Shell Oil has agreed to keep their drill rigs tied up in just one location each in Unalaska, as the company looks to return to the Arctic this summer.

Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel

Below Average King Salmon Run Expected on Kuskokwim

2015 is predicted to be a below-average king salmon run. (Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK)

The state is expecting a bigger run of king salmon on the Kuskokwim this summer, but still well below average. State managers say they expect strong conservation measures to continue in 2015 to ensure enough fish make it up the river to spawn. Leading up to the season, managers are seeking early input to make the season a success.

Liz Ruskin, APRN

Alaska Senators Split On Homeland Security Funding Bill

The U.S. Congress tonight approved a one-week continuing resolution to avoid a partial shut down of the Department of Homeland Security. Earlier today, Alaska’s two Republican senators split over a bill that would fund the department for the rest of the fiscal year.

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Leila Kheiry, KRBD - Ketchikan

Judge Denies Stay In State Education Lawsuit

A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

With Medicaid Language Stripped From Budget, Path To Expansion Uncertain

During a House Finance subcommittee meeting Feb, 27, 2015, Rep. Les Gara (left center) speaks out against cutting funds proposed in the state operating budget by Gov. Bill Walker that would expand Medicaid in Alaska. In spite of his arguments, the money was stripped from the budget bill. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

A House subcommittee has stripped Medicaid expansion language from the state’s operating budget. The move is a setback for the Walker administration, which has made Medicaid expansion a top priority, but the fight may not be over yet.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Powerful Storm To Push Across Interior Alaska

A powerful storm is forecast to push across the Interior from the west on Saturday.

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Annie Ropeik, KUCB - Unalaska

Cargo Ship Released, Crew to Stay Behind as Pollution Case Continues

Cargo Ship Released, Crew to Stay Behind as Pollution Case Continues

A cargo ship under investigation in a possible oil pollution case will be able to leave Unalaska, after its owner posted bond on Thursday.

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Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau

State Considers B.C. Mines As Promoters Plan Visit

State Considers B.C. Mines As Promoters Plan Visit

The Walker-Mallott administration announced Wednesday that it’s set up a working group to address the transboundary mining boom near Southeast Alaska. The news comes as British Columbia’s mine-regulation agency plans meetings with Alaska fishermen and tribal groups.

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Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks

Tractor Trailer Rolls Over On Dalton Highway, Spilling Up To 4,000 Gallons Of Diesel

A tractor trailer owned by Fairbanks-based Colville Incorporated went off the Dalton Highway about 30 miles north of the Yukon River Bridge Wednesday.

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Corridors Past and Future

The Iditarod Trail began as a mail route and became a protected corridor and recreational resource. Even if climate change puts an end to its use by dog mushers, the evolution of the Iditarod Trail will continue. In their own way, our corridors tell the story of Alaska, and we’ll be exploring a few of those pathways on the next Talk of Alaska.

APRN: Tuesday, 3/3 at 10:00 a.m.

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AK: Tracking Halibut

Pacific halibut are one of Alaska’s most valuable fish, but we know surprisingly little about what happens to the species during an important time in their life – their spawning period. Amanda Compton caught up with a study in Glacier Bay focused on just how halibut spawn using a special type of tracking equipment.

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300 Villages: Mud Bay

This week we’re heading to Mud Bay, right near Haines. Melina Shields is an artist and massage therapist who lives in Mud Bay, Alaska.

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Alaska News Nightly: March 2, 2015

Gov. Walker, Republican Leadership Tangle Over Proposed LNG Line; Groups to sue Port of Seattle over Shell drilling fleet; Nearly $1 Billion Needed To Modernize Rural Sanitation Systems; State Auctions Off Enormous Number Of Caribou Antlers; Drones Don’t Fly At Alaska’s Board Of Fish; Below Average King Salmon Run Expected on Kuskokwim; Iditarod Trail Invitational Competitors En Route To Nome; Exploring The Dena’ina Past, Present And Future

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