Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Feb. 13, 2016

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No sign of missing fishing vessel or 6 fisherman in Bering Sea

Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska

Two days after a fishing vessel went missing in the Bering Sea, U.S. Coast Guard officials say there’s been no sign of the ship — or the six people onboard — since searchers found its emergency beacon Saturday (Feb. 11) afternoon.

3 rescued near Akutan after fishing vessel takes on water

Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska

Three people were rescued Monday (Feb. 13) morning after their fishing vessel ran aground near Akutan Harbor.

Legislators mixed in response to income tax bill 

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Under a proposed statewide income tax bill in the Capitol, Alaskans would have a choice when they apply for their annual permanent fund dividend: whether or not to set aside money to pay for their next year’s state income tax liability.

Trump’s federal hiring freeze leaves Alaska national parks in limbo

Emily Files, KHNS – Haines

The Trump administration’s federal hiring freeze is creating uncertainty for Alaska’s national parks. A Jan. 31 announcement that seasonal employees may be exempt from the order eased some of the stress on national parks. But there are still questions about the future, including for Alaska’s most-visited national park.

22 candidates in election that could shakeup Anchorage Assembly

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

22 candidates have filed to run for the Anchorage Assembly in the upcoming April election. The vote could have major implications for the body and it’s relationship with the mayor’s administration.

Renewed fight, but old arguments for lawmakers wanting to open ANWR for drilling

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

Over the past 25 years, Alaska’s Legislature has passed nearly a dozen resolutions asking Congress to allow drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  But this year, something is different. There’s been more push back and public testimony opposed to passing an Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) resolution.

At a safe distance: Monitoring remote volcanoes from remote locations

Zoe Sobel. Alaska’s Energy Desk – Unalaska

Across Alaska there are monitoring instruments on 31 of the most active volcanoes, but there’s nothing on the one that’s erupting now.

Ketchikan testing local beaches for PSP toxins

Maria Dudzak, KRBD – Ketchikan

Last summer, Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) began a phytoplankton and shellfish monitoring program in Ketchikan as part of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins Program. KIC tests samples, and informs the public if dangerous levels of the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning are found in local clams and mussels.

Matt Hall leads Yukon Quest mushers towards Central

Molly Rettig, KUAC – Fairbanks

After a fast start the Yukon Quest has been slow in recent days, as extreme cold and fatigue took their toll. The 75-mile run from Circle to Central, which typically takes lead teams ten hours, stretched to 16 or more into Sunday.