Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Mushers adjust to deep cold near Manley Hot Springs

Ben Matheson, KNOM – Nome

During the first night of this year’s Iditarod, teams endured frigid temperatures on the Tanana River to reach the second checkpoint of Manley Hot Springs. Teams are adjusting to the deep cold and preparing to push to the Yukon River, where the race will unfold.

Ask A Climatologist: What do Iditarod mushers have in store?

Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

We asked climatologist Brian Brettschneider to look into how this year’s cold and snow stacks up to weather records for the segment, Ask a Climatologist.  He said it’s the coldest Iditarod start by far.

Hundreds of budget amendments flow through House Finance Committee

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Conflicts over the state budget are rising as the spending plan advances through the House Finance Committee.

9 hospitalized in Alaska after carbon monoxide exposure

Associated Press

Nine people in the small Alaska town of Houston have been hospitalized after being exposed to carbon monoxide in a home.

Amid buzz on health bill, Murkowski keep quiet 

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

Two U.S. House committees are due to take up the new Republican health care bill tomorrow (WED), to replace the Affordable Care Act. When the bill gets to the Senate, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski could turn out to be a swing vote. She has said she’s willing to break with her party to keep Medicaid expansion and funding for Planned Parenthood.

King salmon sport fishing in Upper Copper River closed this season

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Department of Fish and Game announced today (March 7) that all king salmon sport fisheries in the Upper Copper River drainage will be closed this season due to declining salmon returns.

Murkowski wants Alaskans approval for future national monuments

Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

Alaska has five national monuments — public lands that are given special protections, and Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski doesn’t want anymore of the state added to that list.

Preparations underway for Arctic Council ministerial, related events

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

A U.S. State Department official said planning is well under way for the big, biennial meeting of top diplomats from the eight Arctic Council member nations to be held this spring in Fairbanks.

From fear to fervor, how this millennial is making the outdoors more inclusive

Zoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Unalaska

When you open a REI catalog or page through Outside magazine, what do you see? Do the people on the page look like you? Arctic Youth Ambassador Reth Duir is working to make that imagery more representative.