Alaska News Nightly Friday Mar 11 2016

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 AudioSass and Zirkle lead Iditarod down Yukon RiverEmily Schwing, KNOM,  – Iditarod TrailAliy Zirkle was the first musher to reach the Yukon River checkpoint of Galena Friday morning. She arrived at 10:46 with 14 dogs. Brent Sass was next into the checkpoint but swiftly moved through without stopping with his 15 dogs. Mitch Seavey pulled into Galena by 2:45.Native leaders urge Senators to give fair hearing to Obama’s Supreme Court nomineeDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerAlaska Native leaders held a press call Thursday urging Alaska’s senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, to give a fair hearing and a timely vote to President Barack Obama’s forthcoming Supreme Court nomination. The seat was left vacant when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February.Walker requires state agencies to improve efficiencyAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker is seeking to streamline state agencies responsible for financing economic development, housing, and renewable energy. He signed an administrative order Thursday requiring the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Alaska Energy Authority, and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to find opportunities to become more efficient or consolidate.PFD voter initiative gets on ballotBrielle Schaeffer, KCAW – SitkaA proposal to streamline voter registration with permanent fund dividend applications has secured a spot on Alaska’s ballot this summer.Protection of bodies of water to be delegated by legislatureDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamThe state legislature may soon take a clear line of authority over designating Tier 3 or Outstanding Natural Resources Waters in Alaska, which is the highest level of protection for bodies of waters in the US. [Both the Koktuli and the Bristol Bay Watershed as a whole have been nominated in the past.] Governor Bill Walker says the consequences Tier 3 status are too far-reaching for a state agency to have control over.Aging Southeast: Older residents impact region’s economyEmily Files, KHNS – HainesAs senior populations grow throughout Southeast Alaska, what kind of impact do they have on the economy? According to experts, it’s a good one. A state report on Alaska’s aging population said seniors contributed an estimated $2.4 billion to the economy in 2014. That comes mostly from retirement income, health-care spending and wages. As part of CoastAlaska’s Aging Southeast series, KHNS’s Emily Files takes a look at the senior economy from Haines.AK: Transitioning from addictions of youth to sober adulthoodAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageA year ago, we first heard from a young couple who were trying to overcome their addictions to methamphetamines. Their strategy was to move away from Anchorage and try to start over in Wasilla because being around friends who were still using made it much too hard. They ended up back in Anchorage when they lost their housing, but despite their challenges, the couple is still sober. And now, they’ve entered a new chapter.49 Voices: Bulou Croker of AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Buluo Croker in Anchorage. Croker is originally from Fiji and moved up here from American Samoa.last_img