Alaska News Nightly: February 10, 2014

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State Senate Rejects Pay Raises For Governor, Commissioner

The compensation bill was approved unanimously and now needs a vote from the House.

Budget Cuts Shrink AVO’s Seismic Network

The ability to monitor several volcano’s in Alaska is being diminished due to funding constraints. The Alaska Volcano Observatory confirms that all of the monitoring instruments and stations at the Fourpeaked Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula have failed.

Empire Reporter Fired Following Disagreement With Publisher

A former Juneau Empire reporter says she was fired when she refused to set up a meeting between the publisher and a legislator on a bill that affects newspapers. Jennifer Canfield left her job as state capital reporter last week.

Fish Board Restricts Commercial Fleet In Cook Inlet

After spending Sunday listening to stakeholders’ committee comments on Northern District proposals, the state’s Board of Fisheries this (Monday) morning got down to deliberations on central Cook Inlet management changes. The Board unanimously approved a proposal to ensure escapement goals for the Northern District.

Museum Exhibit Opens Highlighting Marine Debris Problem

Marine Debris used to be mostly nets, buoys and fishing gear but now it includes plastic bottles, bottle caps, and styrophone. It’s everywhere, there’s nowhere to put it and more is coming every day. Johanna Eurich reports on a new museum exhibit highlighting the problem.

Tourists Rescued Near Chatanika

Alaska State Troopers rescued a group of tourists late Friday night after they got stuck in their vehicle trying to get to a lodge about 20 miles north of Fairbanks near Chatanika on an outing to view the aurora borealis.

Iditarod Considers Starting In Fairbanks

The Iditarod Trail Committee is considering moving the restart of the race from Willow to Fairbanks. Saturday’s statement says that the ceremonial start will take place on March 1st in Anchorage as planned, and that the current plan is to have the restart, where the competitive part of the race truly begins, in Willow the next day. But there are concerns about trail conditions between Rainy Pass and Nikolai. If the trail isn’t acceptable by the beginning of next week, the restart will be moved to Fairbanks on March 3rd.

Allen Moore Wins 2014 Yukon Quest

Allen Moore has won the Yukon Quest International Sled dog Race for the second consecutive year.  Moore’s team is known for its petite stature, perky ears and wagging tails and they didn’t disappoint.  They jumped in harness and yelped after arriving at Takhini Hot Springs 30 miles outside of Whitehorse.

Drumming And Healing At Beans Café

At midday, huge crowds of homeless men and women filter inside Beans Café in downtown Anchorage for meals and socializing. It can be noisy and chaotic. For many, it’s their only respite from the cold and dust outside on the city streets. But once a week, volunteers recently began serving up more than a hot meal. KSKA’s Daysha Eaton has the story.



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