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Fairbanks Daily News Miner (Newspaper) - April 6, 2015, Fairbanks, AlaskaOne Dollar monday april 6, 2015 news mine the voice of Interior Alaska since 1905inside today Diann Darnall wins two titles at hardhat championships at Patty by Good the weather. Mostly Cloudy with Light wind throughout the Day with highs in the upper 40s. High today.45 Low tonight 2? weather a a9 Aurora forecast. Auroral activity will be moderate. Weather permitting moderate displays will be visible overhead. This information is provided by Aurora forecasters at a a t geophysical Institute at to University of Ala a Fairbanks for More infer mat Ion Avoir the Aurora. I Isit a top wow g la it i Edu closes Dalton again by Weston Morrow a Mort it Volt news Miner. C m after briefly reopening the Dalton Highway earlier this week the Alaska department of transportation and Public facilities has been forced to close the haul Road once again. Unprecedented Levels of overflow from the Saga Vanir Tok River began pouring onto the Highway last week making a sever Al mile portion of the Highway impassable North of pump station two. Thick ers attempting to drive to and from Prudhoe Bay w Ere forced to wait for As Long As three Davs until Crews were Able to Clear enough of the overflow for vehicles to get through thursday evening. After reopening the affected stretch Dot was Able to keep the Highway somewhat passable through most of Friday but began running into serious delays again on saturday As More water and ice began crossing the Road according to Dot Northern Region spokeswoman Meadow Bailey. A its still a serious thing and they re still trying to Battle it a Bailey said. A a it a not really passable right As More w Ater covered the Roadway More trucks began to get stuck and the Highway began to Back up again she said forcing the decision to close the 35-mile stretch of Highway for at least 12 hours. A there were serious delays so even though it was open its been slow going Quot Bailey said. A they need to be Able to pull the trucks off there and get some work done. And then hopefully they can have vehicles going Back the department planned to shut Down the Highway Between 378 mile and 413 mile from 8 . Sunday until 8 . Today a title Crews worked through the overflow a a3 overflow flooding is seen at approximately 400 mile Dalton Highway. After briefly opening to traffic following initial overflow flooding the Highway has closed again Courtesy Alaska Deparias Noti 1ransportatk it a Strong state Alaska leads . In a muscle training participation. Health Page b4 a a a costume designer uhf assistant professor creates pieces for Fairbanks productions. Interior Page a4 7 p,9q Bonspiel winners Kelly Rae Snider rink Jim Sias rink take Home titles. Sports Page by sourdough Jack Quot i used to be a great curler. Of Fries that week ahead in Juneau medicaid capital budget among things to watch by Becky Bohrer associated press Juneau a As the legislature enters the final to o weeks of the scheduled 90-Day session one of the major unresolved issues is whether consensus can be reached on a medicaid expansion and Reform package the House finance committee has scheduled two a Day meetings for tuesday through thursday w Ith the morning sessions to be focused on gov. Bill walkers medicaid Bill. Walker has made expanded coverage under medicaid a priority and his administration sees expansion As going hand in hand w Ith efforts to contain and bring Down costs within medicaid. The program accounts for about 60 percent of the state health department budget and is a Driver of the state operating budget. House speaker Mike Chenault a Nikiski told reporters the current system is broken and there Are concerns with adding More people to it. A we think that there Are things that need to be addressed before expansion he said. A does that mean that the governor does no to get an expansion Bill by end of session 1 can t say because it s the legislative the committees co chair. Rep. Steve Thompson a Fairbanks said the committee will try to get a better handle on the issues involved. Meanwhile the Senate health and social services committee also is working on medicaid legislation. Committee chair sen. Bert Stedman a Sitka said he has become More comfortable w Ith the idea of expansion As he has researched the Issue. But he said there Isnit a one session fix to reforms. That he said needs to be an ongoing Conversa Tion. Medicaid expansion is one thing to watch for this week. Here Are two others Getrud the Senate finance committee plans to take Public testimony monday on the state capital budget. Walker and lawmakers attempted Early on to tamp Down expectations for the infrastructure budget Given the massive deficits the state is projecting amid Low Oil prices. Week ahead a3 inside classified a b7 j Conics b6 dearabby�a7 j health �b4 j opinion �a6 j sports by world�a9 ill i v �.ps691 a pastor Joe Blackburn of mount pleasant Baptist Church closes the easter Sunrise service Oer the Chena Riser on the Illiam Ransom Wood Centennial Bridge on sunday news Miner easter Sunrise service left father Fred Bayler. Of immaculate Conception Church welcomes people to the easter Sunrise service Over the Chena River on the William Ransom Wood Centennial Bridge on sunday. Right the easter Sunrise serv ice takes place Over the Chena River. Erin Corneliussen new s Miner

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