Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Aug 20 2019

first_imgWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Associated Press The University of Alaska Board of Regents unanimously approved a motion to end financial exigency. The vote overturns a declaration that allowed for the expedited elimination of academic programs and firing of faculty, even those with tenure. US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Fairbanks yesterday to gather input on a new plan to reduce local wintertime fine particulate pollution. Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the US Department of the Interior visited Nome yesterday for an event called “Reclaiming Our Native Communities”, a roundtable discussion on public safety hosted by Kawerak. ‘Nothing survived. It’s just ash.’ In a trickle of information, fire evacuees learn fate of homes Fire managers said this afternoon it will be four to six days at the earliest before residents who evacuated from the McKinley fire can return to their properties. Wildfires crimp Alaska’s major transportation corridor, halting tourist operations, delaying groceries One of the highest placed Alaskans in the Trump administration has resigned. Wildfires in Southcentral Alaska are causing major traffic problems on some of the region’s busiest roads, affecting locals, buses filled with tourists and trucks trying to re-supply grocery stores. Alaska wildfire officials reassess cause of McKinley fire EPA hears testimony on air plan A wildfire estimated at 5,000 acres continues to burn at the edge of the Bristol Bay village of Levelock. At 9:00 p.m. last night, those fighting the fire reported that it had crossed some of the control lines on the west side of the village, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Stories are posted on the statewide news page. You can subscribe to Alaska Public Media’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @AKPublicNews University of Alaska regents vote to end financial exigency Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney visits Nome to discuss public safety 5,000-acre fire continues to burn outside Levelock Dunleavy repeats calls for closing budget gap, paying full dividends Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO – Juneau Alaska wildfire officials are reviewing their initial assessment of the cause of the McKinley fire, which burned at least 50 structures along the Parks Highway. Elizabeth Harball, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Dunleavy vetoes ferry funding added by the Legislature in the wake of cuts Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau Alaskan Joe Balash resigns as assistant secretary of Interior Governor Mike Dunleavy says next year he’d like to close the billion-plus-dollar state budget gap. The legislature’s attempt to add funding to the Alaska Marine Highway System has been blocked. Gov. Mike Dunleavy used his line item veto power to eliminate $5 million added by lawmakers in the wake of a $40 million cut that could mean long gaps in service. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome Isabelle Ross, KDLG – Dillinghamlast_img read more