Alaska News

Alaska House Finance Committee Hearing Public Input On Budget

With the state facing a deficit of more than $4 billion, the budget is arguably the most important issue facing the Alaska Legislature this session. The House Finance Committee is now hearing from the public on its cuts, in preparation for any changes it might make to the spending proposal. Download Audio

Murkowski Seeks Lease Extensions for Shell

Last summer, Shell asked the government to extend its offshore drilling leases in the Arctic. Today, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski pressed Shell’s case to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell in a Senate hearing. Murkowski says Shell needs certainty to continue to invest billions of dollars in its Arctic operations. Download Audio

Sullivan Jousts with EPA’s McCarthy

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan today engaged the head of the EPA, Gina McCarthy, in a testy exchange. Sullivan’s focus was the EPA’s proposed rule for the Clean Water Act. But first the senator extracted some crow from McCarthy for dissing gifts given to her when she visited Alaska last year. Sullivan says her reference to a jar of moose meat that could “gag a maggot” was disrespectful to Alaskans. Download Audio

Medicaid Expansion Event Brings Out Lawmakers, Davidson

Legislators, aides and others heard an alternate viewpoint on Medicaid expansion from a senior fellow with an organization that has referred to the "dangers" expansion poses in states that opt for it. Download Audio

Budget Cuts Would Eliminate Health Care Commission

The Alaska Health Care Commission would be eliminated in proposed funding cuts from the House finance committee. The Commission makes policy recommendations to the legislature and the Governor to improve the health of Alaskans and control health care costs. Download Audio

P/V Stimson Likely to Move From Unalaska to Kodiak

The state is once again looking to move the Wildlife Trooper patrol vessel Stimson from Unalaska to Kodiak. And this year, the change seems poised to go through. Download Audio

Researcher Investigating Alaska’s Sexual Assault Issues

A researcher from University of California Irvine is in Dillingham to collect the experiences of sexual assault victims. The project is trying to figure out the cause of the disproportionately high number of sexual crimes in rural Alaska. Download Audio

Mayor, Chief Pitch ‘Community Policing’ At South Fairbanks Meeting

Fairbanks’s mayor and police chief rolled out a new approach to law enforcement last night. The community policing program is getting started in crime-plagued South Fairbanks. Download Audio

‘Iditarod Adventures, Tales from Mushers Along the Trail’ Documents Race Stories

A new book, out just in time for this year's race, documents stories of the Iditarod. Lew Freedman, a former Anchorage Daily News reporter and author of numerous other books on Iditarod legends, gets people who race or love and support the race, to tell their own stories. The book is called Iditarod Adventures, Tales from Mushers Along the Trail. Freedman starts with Martin Buser. He says he's had a question he's wanted to ask Buser since 1991. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: March 4, 2015

Alaska House Finance Committee Hearing Public Input On Budget; Murkowski Seeks Lease Extensions for Shell; Sullivan Jousts with EPA's McCarthy; Medicaid Expansion Event Brings Out Lawmakers, Davidson; Budget Cuts Would Eliminate Health Care Commission; P/V Stimson Likely to Move From Unalaska to Kodiak; Researcher Investigating Alaska's Sexual Assault Issues; Mayor, Chief Pitch ‘Community Policing’ At South Fairbanks Meeting; 'Iditarod Adventures, Tales from Mushers Along the Trail' Documents Race Stories Download Audio