Alaska News Nightly Thursday Feb 9 2017

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 @aprnListen nowEPA employee numbers limited at Alaska environmental conferenceRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchoragePresident Donald Trump’s transition team ordered Environmental Protection Agency employees to limit participation in an Alaska environmental conference this week.City data on crime, property, health brought onlineZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageNew website is a one-stop-shop for public data, part of the city’s broader effort toward open data.State coffers won’t cover cost of cleanup if oil companies walk awayElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe agency that oversees oil and gas drilling in the state says it doesn’t collect nearly enough money to clean up wells in case companies walk away. Regulators say the recent influx of small, private companies means Alaska risks shouldering the cost of abandoned wells. State lawmakers are receptive to addressing the issue. Alaska’s infrastructure report card probably not going on the fridgeElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauIs Alaska on the honor roll for its energy grid and water systems? According to the American Society of Civil Engineers the answer is “no.” The professional organization graded Alaska’s infrastructure for the first time, releasing the report card on Tuesday. And while the state didn’t ace anything, it could always be worse.Real ID cards to be mandatory starting in JuneAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska law bars the state government from spending money to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. Starting in June, the federal government will require Alaska residents visiting military bases and other federal facilities to have ID cards that meet REAL ID standards.One refugee’s story of fleeing war and finding loveAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageRefugee stories are often about fear: people fleeing their homes because they fear for their safety. But they can also be stories of joy. One Anchorage woman and her family took a path from war to love, and finally, to Alaska.Musher suffers dog “expiration” as racers continue Yukon QuestMolly Rettig, KUAC – FairbanksYukon Quest front runner Brent Sass got back on the trail this morning after completing the 36 hour break mushers must take at the race’s halfway point in Dawson City, Yukon. Sass was followed about 4 hours later by Hugh Neff, with close running Matt Hall and Allen Moore about another 2 hours back.Ask a Climatologist: What the fog, Anchorage?Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThis week we’re responding to a listener who asked: What the fog? Why has there been so much fog in Anchorage this winter?last_img

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