Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWith one day left in special session, little public progress on budgetAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSenate President Pete Kelly said leaders should focus on the budget.Uber, Lyft cleared to launch in AlaskaZcahariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageGovernor Bill Walker signed House Bill 132 into law this afternoon, opening up business in Alaska for Transportation Network Companies, including popular services like Uber and Lyft.Southeast tribal organization says it will support the Paris Climate AccordElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – Juneau“We’re responsible for these lands,” Central Council President Richard Peterson said.Federal officials make formal apology for WWII internment of Unangan peopleZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaOn Wednesday, Federal officials apologized for their role in the World War II internment of the Unangan people.U.S. Senate committee advances bill to make Native tribes eligible for Amber Alert grantsTripp Crouse, KTOO – JuneauThe U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Tuesday approved a bill, S.722, that would make Native tribes eligible for Amber Alert grants.Shareholders consider shrinking Sealaska boardEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauShould Southeast’s regional Native corporation shrink its governing board? That’s a question before Sealaska’s more than 22,000 shareholders. Management opposes the change.Propeller problems postpone ferry Columbia’s returnJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgThe largest vessel in the Alaska Marine Highway fleet will be late to return to service this summer.Team Pure and Wild Freeburd wins 2017 Race to AlaskaEmma Atkinson, KRBD – KetchikanFour days and 750 miles after departing from Victoria, British Columbia, Team Pure and Wild Freeburd sailed into Ketchikan, making them the winners of the 2017 Race to Alaska.Fiber broadband coming to Nome by year’s end, Quintillion saysDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeIn order to stay on schedule, Kristina Woolston, Quintillion’s Vice President of External Relations, says they will have three vessels in Alaskan waters this summer to install 40 more miles of fiber, which wasn’t completed last year.Longevity crucial to teachers’ impact in classroomJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWhile school is in session, students spend about 30 hours in the classroom every week. That’s more than 1,000 hours each academic year. This means teachers play a pivotal role, not only in a student’s education, but in their development as a person.After over 40 years at Prudhoe Bay, general store manager to retireElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe North Slope community of Deadhorse is an unusual place. Its No. 1 purpose is to serve the oil field its next to: Prudhoe Bay. There are no houses, there’s no downtown and no parks; just a series of industrial lots and gravel roads in the middle of the tundra. But Deadhorse does have a store. And the man who runs it is retiring this month, after 42 years.
P&O Cruises’ reveals the newly refurbished Pacific AriaP&O Cruises’ reveals the newly refurbished Pacific AriaP&O Cruises Australia’s Pacific Aria has completed a 12-day dry dock in Singapore with new features and furnishings including a new-look Dome venue.The popular top-deck space with ocean views has been refreshed to take on a contemporary nautical theme with dark blue and white hues, drapes and soft lighting in keeping with the look of the Dome on sister-ship Pacific Eden.By day, the Dome is an attractive venue for board games, trivia, dance classes and a favourite place for guests to relax on the lounges with a coffee or read a book. In the evening the Dome transforms into a fashionable dance-spot.The Elemis Spa has also been enhanced during the dry dock and now sports a new Barber Shop. Complete with luxe curtains, gold framed mirrors and a leather swivel chair, the professional grooming service for the modern gentleman offers hot towel shaves, beard trimming and styling.The ship’s 28 suites, 120 balcony cabins and Penthouse have been fitted with new carpets and outdoor furniture.Pacific Aria’s finishing touch is the Southern Cross livery emblazoned on her hull – now a signature feature across all five ships in P&O’s fleet.In total, 1000 pieces of new furniture, 6000 metres of fabric and more than 10,000 square metres of new carpet have been fitted on the 1500-guest ship. A selection of modern and stylish pieces of artwork and new contemporary wallpaper adorns the ship’s public spaces.Pacific Aria will now return to her Brisbane home-port where she will undertake a range of longer cruises to the South Pacific Islands and shorter breaks closer to home.Pacific Aria’s upcoming cruises include a 10-night Pacific Island Hopper voyage departing Brisbane on October 9, 2018. Fares start from A$998.52* per person quad share.For more information visit pocruises.com.au, call 13 24 94 or see a licensed travel agent.* Subject to availability, conditions applySource = P&O Cruises Australia