Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

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Obama budget reveals Alaska flashes

Liz Ruskin, APRN-Anchorage
President Obama delivered his final budget to Congress this morning. It has a picture of Denali on the cover, and several big-ticket Alaska items among its pages.

President transfers Port Clarence land to Bering Straits Native Corporation

Emily Russell, KNOM-Nome
President Obama signed the Coast Guard Authorization Act Monday night transferring 2,500 acres of federal land at Port Clarence to local, state,nd federal stakeholders. Located 120 nautical miles northwest of Nome, Port Clarence has been discussed as the location for the nation’s Arctic deep draft port.

Fairbanks woman sentenced for mishandling funds for tribe

Robert Hannon, KUAC-Fairbanks
A Fairbanks woman is facing 90 days home confinement and three years’ probation for mishandling federal funds meant for a local tribe. The Healy Lake Tribe says it will take months before it can recover.

Crew maps polar bear dens on Alaska’s North Slope

Rachel Waldholz, APRN-Anchorage
When the tundra freezes, the North Slope gets busy. That’s the time of year when oil companies can put in an ice road, or finish construction.But before any of that can happen, one task comes first: looking for polar bears.

New, easy tool to check SNAP eligibility could help Alaska’s economy

Anne Hillman, KSKA-Anchorage
Applying for food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, requires a 28-page application. But thanks to a new tool, finding out if you’re likely to be eligible takes only 10 text messages.

Sass maintains Yukon Quest lead

Molly Rettig, KUAC-Fairbanks
Frontrunners in the Yukon Quest are running toward the race’s halfway point at Dawson City, Yukon. Defending Quest champion Brent Sass continues to lead the race.

New Sitka library opens

Brielle Schaeffer, KCAW-Sitka
The renovated and enlarged Sitka Public Library is now open for business, with thousands of books having been moved back from temporary quarters on the Sheldon Jackson campus. Residents showed up in force to check out the new digs last week.

Exhibits make bold statement about Alaska modern art

Zach Hughes, KSKA-Anchorage
“Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” That’s the name of a provocative new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum by Sitka-based artist Nicholas Galanin – one of three to recently open. Each individual exhibit makes its own bold statements, but taken together the showings are a declaration about what modern art means today in Alaska.

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