Alaska News Nightly February 12 2015

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 @aprn.Download AudioFacing First Cuts In Years, Alaska Lawmakers Tackle The Budget Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauRight now, the Legislature is facing a deficit that some leaders are describing as a “$4 billion problem.” With oil prices half what they were a year ago, lawmakers are having to cut agency budgets for the first time in years.Today, the finance committees in the House and the Senate held their first hearings on the operating budget.Alaska Writer David Holthouse Shows Support For Erin’s Law Lisa Phu, KTOOAlaska raised writer David Holthouse has told his story of being sexually abused as a child before. It’s appeared in newspapers, on the radio and on stage in New York City.But when he spoke in the Alaska Capitol building today, it was to support Erin’s Law, a bill that would require public schools statewide to provide age-appropriate K-12 sexual abuse education.Sullivan Stands With House on DHS Funding Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCFunding for the Department of Homeland Security will run out February 27, unless Congress can resolve an impasse over immigration policy riders the House added to a funding bill.BOEM Assessment Suggests Shell’s Chukchi Leases Remain Intact Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaFederal regulators are recommending that Shell’s disputed oil leases in the Chukchi Sea be left intact. That’s the conclusion of a new assessment of Lease Sale 193 – the 2008 auction where Shell picked more than $2 billion worth of Arctic drilling prospects.Alaska Delegation Seeks New Limits On National Monuments Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaFor over a hundred years, presidents have used the Antiquities Act to order permanent protections for federal land and resources at sea. Now, Alaska’s senators are looking to curb that authority before the Obama administration tries to apply it in the 49th State.As The Iditarod Start Shifts North, So Does The Economic Boon Phillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaMoving the Iditarod start from Anchorage to Fairbanks will impact businesses across the state.Learning to Sew With Seal Guts Charles Enoch, KYUK – BethelStudents at the Cultural Center in Bethel recently learned the traditional art of ‘gut sewing’. Seal intestines were prized throughout Yup’ik history for their waterproof performance. And a culture bearer from Chefornak is teaching the skill.Story49: Love Series – Coffee and Rolls Kristin Leffler, KNOM – NomeValentine’s day is just a few days away. KNOM Producer Kristin Leffler found this story of two people who had given up on the idea of soul mates until they met each other on an island in the middle of the Bering Sea:last_img