Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, March 21, 2019

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Dunleavy keeps open court seat, questions nomination process

Associated Press

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has declined to fill for now a seat on the Palmer Superior Court, citing questions with the process used in sending nominees to him for consideration.

Lawmakers, open meeting advocates criticize conditions on attending Gov. Dunleavy meetings

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Lawmakers and open meeting advocates are criticizing the meetings Governor Dunleavy is holding around the state next week.

Dunleavy appointee to lead state environmental agency hits back at critics

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Jason Brune’s appointment is controversial because he worked as the public affairs and government relations manager for mining company Anglo American when it backed the proposed Pebble Mine.

China, Russia find common cause in Arctic

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

China and Russia are teaming up to pursue their interests in the Arctic, and regional security expert Rebecca Pincus says the United States needs to pay more attention.
“We need to play a shaping role in this region. It’s our backyard,” she said.

Foretold Disaster – the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

The Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 killed hundreds of thousands of seabirds and brought commercial fishing in some of Alaska’s most productive waters to a standstill. It’s often talked about as an unprecedented, unthinkable event, but it was, in fact thinkable, and people tried to prevent it.

Anchorage efforts to reduce homelessness see success, challenges

Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Anchorage Assembly member Felix Rivera, chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Homelessness, says funding is one of its top concerns

Wild dogs take down muskox near Toksook Bay

Anna Rose MacArthur. KYUK – Bethel

Jimmie Lincoln wanted to get out of town, so he jumped on his snowmachine and took off. Less than two miles later, he came upon something he calls “unbelievable.”

Racist graffiti targets Homer restaurant owners

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

The owners of a restaurant just outside of Homer woke up to racist graffiti scrawled across the front of their building Thursday. The owners of Wasabi’s Bistro reported the incident to police shortly before 8 a.m. and the photos have been shared widely on social media.

Eagles fly free as Alaska Raptor Center rings in spring

Enrique Pérez de la Rosa, KCAW – Sitka

March 20 is the official start of spring on our calendars. But for the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka, spring started last Saturday, March 16, when a number of its patients were discharged before an appreciative audience.