Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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Black box recovered from crashed Southeast flight

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

An air ambulance company says it has recovered the cockpit voice recorder for its plane that crashed in Southeast Alaska’s Frederick Sound in late January.

Conservative group hosting Dunleavy fiscal policy events

Associated Press

Most of the events on the fiscal policy tour announced by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office are being hosted by a conservative political organization.

At DEC nominee Brune’s confirmation hearing, public testimony centered on Pebble ties

Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham

Opposition centered largely on Brune’s involvement with the proposed Pebble Mine. From 2011 to 2014 he served as the public affairs and government relations manager for Anglo American — a company that backed the project until 2013.

Owner of B.C. gold mine near Taku River courts investors

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A Canadian mining company wants to reopen a long shuttered mine just a few miles from the Alaska border near Juneau. This comes as conservationists question the Dunleavy administration’s commitment to engaging British Columbia over transboundary mining pollution flowing downstream.

Anchorage lawmakers weigh options for $1.9B port modernization project

Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Anchorage Assembly members are considering whether to spend $100,000 to hire an independent analyst to monitor an ongoing modernization project at the Port of Alaska.

Anchorage School Board votes to repair two quake-damaged Eagle River schools

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Anchorage School Board voted unanimously Monday night to repair two schools damaged by last November’s earthquake.

Fish and Game seeks to understand genetic differences between pink salmon populations

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

A study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game looking at chum and pink salmon runs in Southeast and Prince William Sound is expanding to help biologists understand the interplay between wild runs and hatchery strays.

Men’s group forms in Homer to foster healthy masculinity but getting new members is a challenge

Renee Gross, KBBI – Homer

The Homer Men’s Leadership Forum began late last year in part to address concerns brought up by the #MeToo movement. The leader of the group hopes the discussions will attract men from all different parts of the community to talk about issues such as toxic masculinity.

Kaiser gets hero’s welcome in Bethel

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

Bethel welcomed home its own Iditarod champion last night in grand fashion. Musher Pete Kaiser returned to Bethel on Monday after winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

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