Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Murkowski votes to block Trump’s emergency; Sullivan votes opposite

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

Alaska’s U.S. senators split on the vote Thursday to block President Trump’s declaration of an emergency. If Trump prevails with a veto, Alaska could lose military construction projects as money is diverted to build a wall on the southern border.

Alaska, oil companies to determine economic viability of gasline within 60 days

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he didn’t hear much interest in Alaska’s gasline at a conference in Texas. But he did hear interest from companies in investing in North Slope oil.

Juneau, cruise industry reach tentative agreement on passenger fees

Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau

The tentative agreement brings an end to almost three years of litigation between Cruise Lines International Association Alaska and the City and Borough of Juneau over how it spends passenger fees.

Man dies in Haines avalanche

Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines

A skier was fatally injured in an avalanche in Haines on Wednesday. The skier was one of a party of three.

Young asks Army surgeon general for suicide inquiry

Associated Press

Alaska’s lone congressman has asked the Army surgeon general to investigate suicides at a military base in the state.

House committee to hold budget hearings across Alaska

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Alaska House Finance Committee is planning to hold public meetings across Alaska on the state budget by the end of March.

Juneau legislators address budget concerns at town hall

Adelyn Baxter, KTOO – Juneau

In back-to-back town hall meetings this week, Juneau city officials and legislators addressed concerns about Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed state budget. The City and Borough of Juneau has said it stands to lose more than $28 million from reductions in state funding.

Virginia GOP group helps boost conservative Anchorage school board candidates

Nathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

An independent political group with money from a national Republican organization is running radio ads boosting conservative candidates in Anchorage’s local school board races.

Aerial surveys begin as ADF&G prepares for herring fishery

Katherine Rose, KCAW – Sitka

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game began conducting aerial surveys of Sitka Sound Tuesday in preparation for the 2019 Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery.

Three women finish in top ten for Iditarod, for the first time

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This year’s Iditarod has seen more women earn top 10 finishes than any other. Some of those mushers are house-hold names for even casual sled-dog racing fans. For another, it’s a new accomplishment.

‘This Much Country’ chronicles path from journalism to mushing dogs

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Iditarod and Yukon Quest musher Kristin Knight Pace, from the Healy-Denali area, published a book as the Last Great Race was happening. It’s called “This Much Country,” and it chronicles how she went from working in journalism, to mushing dogs at Denali National Park, to eventually running the Quest and Iditarod.