Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

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Tweets aside, Sullivan says Trump good for Alaska

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

Sen. Dan Sullivan said in his annual address to the state Legislature this morning that he doesn’t always like President Trump’s tweets but he likes what the Trump administration is doing for Alaska.

Backlog of more than 20,000 seek Medicaid, public assistance

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

More than 20,000 Alaskans are waiting for their applications for assistance through health and social services to be processed by the state government.

Young suggests guns could’ve saved Jews during Holocaust

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

Speaking at a conference in Juneau last week, Alaska Congressman Don Young argued against gun control by suggesting Jews might not have died in the Holocaust if they had been armed.

In Western Alaska, there’s water where there should be ice

Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Last week, social media across Western Alaska lit up as residents posted photos and videos of open water where, normally, there’s ice.

Archaeology in northern Alaska: a race against the clock

Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks

“If you see a library burning, you should at least try and get the rare books out,” said archaeologist Anne Jensen.

Scientists discover mysterious uranium particle above Aleutian Islands

Zoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Unalaska

The enriched uranium probably came from somewhere in Asia. But even using wind trajectories and particle dispersion models, researchers can’t pin it on a specific country.

Dion isn’t homeless. This is why it matters.

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Dion Wynne was hospitalized and couldn’t work, but received enough help to keep his housing. His success isn’t just important for his family — it helps everyone. Now advocates are working to make the homeless prevention system less cumbersome.

Athletes give it their all Native Youth Olympics

Johanna Eurich, KYUK – Anchorage

Anyone will tell you that strength is not enough. Skill, form, technique and concentration will win the day in most sports, including the Native Youth Olympics (NYO).