Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

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Alaska chief justice calls for computer security upgrade

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

In his State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Joel Bolger said an incident in Nome shows the state needs to do more to prevent privacy breaches.

U.S. Army Corps releases Pebble Mine’s draft EIS

Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillingham

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ release of Pebble Mine’s draft environmental impact statement is a major step in the federal permitting process.

A Wasilla teacher is charged with abusing students. Now their parents are suing the school district

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The families of three Wasilla children allege a teacher molested their kids and are now suing the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, accusing officials of negligence.

Old DC jobs are new again for two Alaskans

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

Two Alaskans are back at their old jobs in Washington, D.C., both because of the election of Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

Head of cruise ship monitoring for the state concerned about loss of watchdog group

Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The state official overseeing Alaska’s cruise ship monitoring program is concerned about losing independent environmental inspectors on cruise ships. That’s despite public assurances by officials that the program isn’t needed.

With winter snow trails, North Slope Borough hopes to offer residents a safe path over tundra

Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks

“Near-deaths and freezing, running out of gas are some of the issues surrounding being able to go between communities,” said Gordon Brower, director of the North Slope Borough’s Planning and Community Services Department.

As proposed Dunleavy cuts loom, Anchorage School Board passes larger budget

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Late Tuesday night, the Anchorage School Board voted to approve a revised budget for the district’s next fiscal year. But even with proposed state budget cuts, board members added several amendments that increased their request.

In Anchorage, emotionally preparing students for the scary prospect of climate change 

Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

“One of the reasons why I suspect other teachers might not want to jump into this, besides it being a political hot topic, is it’s heavy and it’s a real downer,” says science educator Bryan Smith.

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