Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019

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Interior Dept. kicks off new round of meetings on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks

Some people at the meeting expressed concern about the process. Lisa Baraff with the Northern Alaska Environmental Center said that the timeline BLM has been using for their environmental review is too short.

Dunleavy’s Fish and Game nominee vows tough stance against federal agencies

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The governor’s pick to lead the Alaska Department of Fish and Game told lawmakers he’d push back against federal agencies that interfere with Alaskans’ right to hunt and fish.

Alaska gets mixed grades in tobacco report

Associated Press

A new report gives Alaska a generally positive review when it comes to efforts to keep tobacco out of the hands of adolescents – with one exception.

Deadline for Anchorage municipal election comes to a close with several new faces in the fold

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This spring, almost half the seats on the Anchorage Assembly are up for election.

Amazon refunds local sales taxes to nonprofits

Christine Trudeau, KYUK – Bethel

Online retailing heavyweight Amazon forgot to exempt nonprofits when it started collecting local sales taxes for online purchases. Some nonprofits have started receiving refunds as Amazon works out the kinks in its new system.

Southeast students explore careers to meet Alaska’s behavioral health needs

Zoe Grueskin, KTOO – Juneau

Alaska has a shortage of health care workers, especially in rural areas. Students from around Southeast came to Juneau to explore careers in behavioral health, a field that covers mental health and substance abuse.

Forest Service reschedules meeting on Southeast Alaska timber sales

Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

The agency worked on the project during the partial government shutdown, which drew sharp criticism from environmental groups.

Metlakatla approves observance of daylight saving time

Associated Press

Residents of a small town in Southeast Alaska have voted for the community to observe daylight saving time.

Ask a Climatologist: 2018 one of warmest years on record

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Climate researchers are digging into the global and state data for last year, somewhat delayed due to the partial federal government shutdown.

Brent Sass first in Dawson City during 2019 Yukon Quest

Dan Bross and Lex Treinen, KUAC – Fairbanks

Eureka musher Brent Sass pulled into downtown Dawson City Yukon at 11:24 Yukon time this morning, the first musher to reach the Yukon Quest’s midpoint.