Alaska News Nightly: Friday, March 15, 2019

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House forms new tribal affairs subcommittee 

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Alaska House has a new special committee to focus on tribal affairs. Lawmakers spent the first few meetings getting an overview of how tribes are governed and reach compacts with the state.

House schedules dates for public budget hearings

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Alaska House has announced dates and locations for meetings on the state budget and permanent fund dividends. The meetings will be held around the state- March 22nd through March 24th.

Over 100 people rally in Anchorage as part of Global Climate Strike

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

More than 100 people rallied in Anchorage today in solidarity with an international effort for a Global Climate Strike to raise awareness of climate change.

Fairbanks mayors disagree on marijuana use at retail stores

Associated Press

The city mayor and a borough mayor in one Alaska city are advocating opposite positions on public marijuana consumption.

Southeast will see one of the largest old growth timber sales in years

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The U.S. Forest Service is moving ahead with one of the largest old growth timber sales Southeast Alaska has seen in years. The project has raised questions over new old growth clear cuts in Tongass National Forest.

Surviving snowboarders remember fallen Haines avalanche victim

Claire Stremple, KHNS – Haines

David Dzenawagis was fatally injured in an avalanche in Haines on Wednesday. He was backcountry snowboarding with two friends when he was caught in the slide.

Sitka sac roe fishery on two-hour notice starting Sunday

Katherine Rose, KCAW – Sitka

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will go on two-hour notice effective 8 a.m. Sunday, March 17. That means a fishery could open as early as 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

AK: Ketchikan mental health clinic hopes ‘Proof’ will debunk taboos

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

The nonprofit that runs a Ketchikan mental health clinic recently sponsored a local production of a Broadway play. As Leila Kheiry reports, it’s one of many steps in an effort to combat taboos around mental illness.

49 Voices: Geneva Luteria of Anchorage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This we we’re hearing from Geneva Luteria in Anchorage. Luteria is a student at Dimond High School whose parents moved to Alaska from the Phillipines. She was part of this year’s Points of Light Leadership Institute program.