Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

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Ice in Cook Inlet likely to delay fix to Hilcorp gas leak for weeks

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Hilcorp recently informed state regulators that the company is unlikely to begin repairs on a gas leak in Cook Inlet until mid- to late March

Senate reveals plan to limit budgetary Permanent Fund use

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Senate majority unveiled its plan to limit state spending and draw money from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for the state budget today (Friday).

Local advocates push for town hall meetings from Alaska delegation

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Residents in different cities in Alaska are asking U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski to hold town hall meetings where they can express their opposition to policies being pursued by President Donald Trump. They’re joining a national effort by Trump opponents who want Congress to act as a check on the president.

Industry pushes back against proposed changes to state’s oil tax system

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

As lawmakers in Juneau consider changes to the state’s oil tax credit system, they’re facing stiff opposition from oil companies.

Murkowski says Trump policies on Arctic, climate still unclear

Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says it’s still unclear what the Trump administration’s Arctic or climate policies will look like.

Light on Trump, Sullivan aims for optimism

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, in his annual address to the Alaska Legislature, barely mentioned President Trump, and he did not bring up the issues that drove demonstrators to the steps of the state Capitol today: Trump’s policies on immigration and refugees, and the Affordable Care Act.  Sullivan did, though, directly quote a different president – Teddy Roosevelt.

Fish and Game experiments with new moose counting method

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game is trying out a new way to count moose within Anchorage city limits.

AK: The history of the water fluoride debate in Juneau

Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau

Earlier this year the Anchorage Assembly nixed a ballot initiative to cease fluoridating its water supply.Despite setbacks, activists there vow to keep the effort alive.

49 Voices: Kokayi Nosakhere of Anchorage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Kokayi Nosakhere in Anchorage. Nosakhere is community coordinator for Anchorage’s branch of the NAACP.