Alaska News Nightly: January 18, 2013

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ASD Superintendent Proposes Cutting 217 Positions

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The Anchorage School District is considering cutting more than 200 jobs. Officials rolled out the proposed 2013-2014 budget on Friday at the Education center.

Gov. Parnell Rolls Out New Oil Tax Proposal

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

This week, Gov. Sean Parnell rolled out his latest proposal to revamp the state’s oil tax structure. It’s the third time he’s tried to do this, and the last two attempts resulted in a stalemate.

Alaska Unemployment Rate Drops To 6.6 Percent

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The unemployment rate in Alaska dropped to 6.6 percent in December.

Hazy Forecast For Alaska’s Economy

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Alaska’s economy weathered the Great Recession better than most states, and should hold steady for the foreseeable future. But depending on who you ask, there could be gloom on the horizon. World Trade Center Alaska brought its annual Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon to Juneau yesterday on Thursday.

Formal Groundbreaking For SLAM Project

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

Dirt has been turned for the new State Libraries, Archives and Museum in the capital city. The project to hold Alaska’s treasures in one building is already underway, as contractor PLC Construction prepares the ground behind the current Alaska State Museum.

AK: Growing

Anne Hillman, APRN Contributor

Alaska’s summer months may be limited, but the growing season has no bounds. That is, as long as you grow indoors. AK’s Anne Hillman found out that indoor gardens in Anchorage are blossoming even in unexpected spaces.

300 Villages: Tuntuntuliak

This week, we’re off to Tuntuntuliak, which is located on a Kuskokwim River tributary near the Bering Sea Coast. Patrick Pavila is the tribal administrator for Tuntuntuliak.