Alaska News Nightly Monday March 13 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowUS Attorney for Alaska Karen Loeffler submits resignationAssociated PressThe U.S. attorney for Alaska has submitted her resignation. President Donald Trump on Friday requested the resignation of Karen Loeffler and 45 other U.S. attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama.House passes bill to provide benefits to survivors of police, firefightersAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe state House passed a bill Monday that would provide health insurance to the families of police officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.Calls for Hilcorp to shut down leaking Cook Inlet gas line get louderElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAn ongoing natural gas leak in Cook Inlet is sparking a debate over pipeline safety. Hilcorp, the responsible company, said it can’t shut off the flow of gas through the pipeline without risking an oil spill. But a number of environmental groups disagree.Mitch Seavey first to Elim, three follow from KoyukAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageMitch Seavey has a substantial lead in the Iditarod, as the top mushers enter the final phase of the race. Seavey reached the Elim checkpoint at 3:26 p.m.Iditarod changes dropped dog transport standards following Friday deathZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Iditarod Trail Committee said it’s changing protocols for how it transports dropped sled dogs after an one died Friday while in the organization’s care. An early necropsy on the dog showed it had overheated, dying of hyperthermia while on board a plane.Late Iditarod Volunteer in Kaltag receives Nayokpuk AwardBen Matheson, KNOM – NomeThe Iditarod is honoring a late longtime race volunteer in Kaltag with the Herbie Nayokpuk Spirit of the Iditarod Award.Ask the Energy Desk: What happens when our hydropower sources are frozen?Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauParts of Interior Alaska, like Fairbanks, have been seeing record cold temperatures this winter. But in Southeast Alaska, the frigid conditions have had a direct impact on the way people power their homes.Update: More money for the Alaska Marine HighwayEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauState House budget writers have restored much of the ferry system cut proposed by the governor for the next fiscal year.Tied-up ferry Taku is for saleEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe state ferry Taku is for sale. The minimum price for the 54-year-old ship is $1.5 million.Climate scientists worry NOAA cuts will hinder Alaska weather forecastingTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksScientists who study Arctic climate say their research will suffer if the Trump administration goes ahead with big budget cuts reportedly under consideration for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And they say the proposed cuts also would hinder meteorologists’ ability to forecast weather in Alaska and worldwide.Low salmon projections cancel popular Southeast Spring King DerbyEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauA popular Southeast spring fishing derby won’t happen this year, because there aren’t enough fish.last_img read more