Alaska News Nightly: March 4, 2013

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Begich Requests State Put $2 Billion Toward Ports Infrastructure

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Anchorage

As the Alaska state legislature starts its budget hearings, Sen. Mark Begich is offering his own request: Put $2 billion toward ports infrastructure.

Resignation Looms For ASD Superintendent

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Anchorage School Superintendent Jim Browder is speaking out publicly for the first time about his decision to look for other jobs. After just eight months with the Anchorage School District, he announced Friday that he might be moving on.

Fairbanks Neighborhood Air Quality Improves After Wood Boilers Shut Down

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Air quality in a Fairbanks neighborhood is dramatically cleaner following a court order that shutdown two wood fired boilers.

1 Dead After Backcountry Accident Near Haines

Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines

One person is dead and two are injured after a backcountry skiing accident near Haines on Sunday. Troopers identified the deceased as 34-year-old Christian Cabanilla of Haines.

Sequester Expected To Impact 8a Contracts

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Across-the-board federal budget cuts are coming, half from the Department of Defense budget; the other half to other federal agency budgets.

Speakers Make Case For Accepting Federal Money For Medicaid Expansion

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Two speakers at an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce forum on Monday made the case for accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid in the state. They also asked chamber members to speak out on the issue.  Last week, Governor Sean Parnell announced he won’t expand Medicaid in the state, at least for now. Valerie Davidson is with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She was careful not to criticize the Governor’s decision, and was relieved he left the door open to expanding Medicaid in the future.

Four Women Ranking Among 2013 Iditarod’s Top-20 Mushers

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Martin Buser is setting an unprecedented pace in this year’s Iditarod. The four time Champion is currently resting at the Rohn checkpoint, where he’s been since just before 10 this morning. Matt Failor, who is also running dogs from Buser’s kennel is in second place, also at Rohn. A dozen mushers have left Rainy Pass in pursuit, including Paul Gebhart, brothers Lance and Jason Mackey and Aaron Burmeister.

There are currently five women running among the top twenty in this year’s Iditarod.  The women in the race aren’t holding back.

Icicle’s Adak Plant To Take Summer Hiatus

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

Icicle Seafoods’ Adak plant won’t be processing fish this summer. The closure, although temporary, is a blow to the struggling fishing industry in the western Aleutians.

Alaska Cultural Connections: Staying In The Bush

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

Moving from urban anywhere to rural Alaska can be a tough transition – some newcomers don’t last long, worn down by the long winters or a feeling of isolation.  Others stay, sometimes for years.  Contributor Len Anderson talked to some Northwest Alaska residents to find out what makes the difference.

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