Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March, 2017

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Mitch Seavey wins the 2017 Iditarod in record time

Wesley Early and Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage and Ben Matheson, KNOM – Nome

For the sixth year in a row, a member of the Seavey mushing family has claimed the top spot in the Last Great Race. This year it was Mitch Seavey who finished the Iditarod at 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14.

Alaska state senators scour budget in hopes of $300M in cuts

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The state Senate is looking to make up to $300 million in cuts to the state budget. But the Senate subcommittees looking to trim state agencies’ budgets are finding much smaller cuts.

GOP health bill won’t cure what ails Alaska market, say 2 industry pros

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

The bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is on shaky ground in Congress, drawing criticism from left, right and center in the U.S. House. Guests on “Talk of Alaska” Tuesday said the bill would do more harm than good. “One of the criticisms of the original Affordable Care act is that it addressed coverage but it didn’t address cost,” said one. “But this bill really is not addressing the cost side either. It’s just rolling back some of the coverage.”

Climate bill faces tough sledding in Alaska legislature

Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Two Anchorage Democrats have introduced a bill to create a statewide commission on climate change. But even its authors doubt the bill has much of a chance, at least this session. Still, they argue it’s a step in the right direction.

Immigration enforcement changes hit home in Alaska

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

An Alaska family struggles with the new interpretations of federal immigration laws and what it means for their future.

Harvard class assignment: solve rural Alaska’s fossil fuel woes

Zoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Unalaska

Rural Alaska runs on diesel. Although many communities are open to alternative energy ideas, they don’t have the funding to even explore them. But help could come in the form of graduate students from Harvard University, who have been tasked with the assignment of solving some of Alaska’s fossil fuel energy woes.

Waiting for Martin Buser in Unalakleet: Old friends, and muktuk

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Mushers who have been competing in the Iditarod a long time have relationships and traditions they re-visit each time they run the race. And for Martin Buser, when he gets to Unalakleet, that means a bag of muktuk.

‘We’re just out’: Bergmann tenants turn to Salvation Army

Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau

Closing the Bergmann Hotel in Juneau left some of its tenants homeless and now they’re wondering what they’ll do next.