Alaska News Nightly: February 14, 2013

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Officials Concerned About Sequester Effects On Indian Health Services

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The state of Indian Country is strong, according to the president of the National Congress of American Indians. Today Jefferson Keel presented the State of Indian Nations Address in Washington D.C.

But As APRN’s Peter Granitz reports, despite advancements in tribal governing, leaders are worried about the coming sequester, and what it means for Indian Health Services.

Cruise Ship Waste Bill Opened For Amendments

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Yesterday, the Alaska State Senate was expected to vote on a bill that would change the way that waste from cruise ships is regulated. But instead, they opened the bill up to amendments and put off a real vote on the measure until next week. The bill is a priority of the governor, and the administration had hoped for passage by this week. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is here with us to explain why that didn’t happen.

Homer Police Actions During 2006 Airport Shooting Go On Trial

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

The City of Homer is fighting one of the biggest court battles in its history – a 75-million-dollar lawsuit brought by the mother of a two-year-old boy who was seriously injured during a 2006 shootout between police and a wanted fugitive at the Homer Airport. As KBBI’s Aaron Selbig reports, the case went to a jury trial last week in Anchorage.

Expert: Southeast Cluster Initiative Working

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A Pacific Northwest development expert says Southeast leaders are on the right track toward improving the region’s economy. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld reports from this week’s 2013 Innovation Summit at Juneau’s Centennial Hall.

Anchorage Assembly OKs Landing Of Big Jet

The Associated Press

The Anchorage Assembly has given the go-ahead for a large jet to land at the city airfield.

The 100,000-pound Boeing 727 has been donated by FedEx to the University of Alaska Anchorage, which wants it for its aviation technology program based at Merrill Field. The busy airfield for small planes is just a mile from downtown.

Once the plane is landed, it will never be flown again.

The Assembly voted unanimously on Tuesday to allow the plane to land later this month at the airfield. FAA Regional Administrator Robert Lewis told Assembly members that the community will benefit from the training that the plane affords students. He says there should be no problem with the plane landing at the airfield.

‘Into Great Silence’ Investigates Secret Life Of Whales

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Making extinction personal was the goal of whale biologist Eva Saulitis when she wrote her new book “Into Great Silence.”  Saulitis has studied Prince William Sound Orcas for more than two decades. Her memoir is an intimate look at the sentient creatures and the threats to their existence. Saulitis says she worked in a remote hatchery in her early 20s and was drawn to the secret life of whales.

Pickle Ball Makes Way To Homer

Ariel Van Cleave, KBBI – Homer

Grab your paddles and tennis shoes. Pickle ball has made its way to Homer. KBBI’s Ariel Van Cleave recently attended one of the game nights at the Homer Educational and Recreational Complex – or HERC – and brought back this report.