Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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Murkowski’s public lands bill becomes law

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

President Trump has signed into law a massive public lands bill that Sen. Lisa Murkowski has spent years compiling and negotiating.

Memos detail gaps in ANWR science; Interior says they’ll guide future work

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

An environmental group today published 18 leaked memos by government scientists that outline gaps in knowledge about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Cash-strapped state of Alaska takes aim at North Slope government’s oil money

Ravenna Koenig and Nat Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk

A proposal by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy would strip the North Slope Borough of its power to collect nearly $400 million in property taxes from oil companies each year. The idea gets at a longstanding question: How much money from oil should stay in the North Slope, where it’s pumped from the ground?

Kaiser eyes Nome from White Mountain, with a hungry Ulsom on his tail

Ben Matheson, KNOM – Nome

Bethel musher Pete Kaiser is 77 miles from his first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race victory. But first he must hold off the race’s defending champion hungry for a repeat win.

House and Senate both look at what budget cuts to make amid Dunleavy proposal

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Legislature is weighing how deeply it wants to cut the state budget. And it must decide how to respond to Governor Mike Dunleavy’s proposals for full permanent fund dividends and paying back PFD cuts from the past three years.

Bill seeks to require jail time in cases similar to 2018 Justin Schneider assault

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, the bill sponsor, says the measure would prevent a case like that of Justin Schneider from happening again.

Search continues for pilot missing northwest of Anchorage

Associated Press

The Army National Guard says it’s continuing to search for a pilot missing since last week.

Fairbanks City Council fails to overturn mayor’s veto of anti-discrimination ordinance

Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks City Council failed to override the mayor’s veto of a controversial civil rights ordinance at their meeting last night. The council then discussed re-working it and trying again in a couple of months. And they did not yet work on a version to put on the municipal ballot in October.

State plans to sell Sheldon Jackson Museum in cost-cutting efforts

Enrique Perez de la Rosa, KCAW – Sitka

The state Division of Alaska Libraries, Archives, and Museums announced late last week that it is looking to sell the Sheldon Jackson Museum.