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 nowMushers adjust to deep cold near Manley Hot SpringsBen Matheson, KNOM – NomeDuring the first night of this year’s Iditarod, teams endured frigid temperatures on the Tanana River to reach the second checkpoint of Manley Hot Springs. Teams are adjusting to the deep cold and preparing to push to the Yukon River, where the race will unfold.Ask A Climatologist: What do Iditarod mushers have in store?Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageWe asked climatologist Brian Brettschneider to look into how this year’s cold and snow stacks up to weather records for the segment, Ask a Climatologist. He said it’s the coldest Iditarod start by far.Hundreds of budget amendments flow through House Finance CommitteeAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauConflicts over the state budget are rising as the spending plan advances through the House Finance Committee.9 hospitalized in Alaska after carbon monoxide exposureAssociated PressNine people in the small Alaska town of Houston have been hospitalized after being exposed to carbon monoxide in a home.Amid buzz on health bill, Murkowski keep quiet Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Two U.S. House committees are due to take up the new Republican health care bill tomorrow (WED), to replace the Affordable Care Act. When the bill gets to the Senate, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski could turn out to be a swing vote. She has said she’s willing to break with her party to keep Medicaid expansion and funding for Planned Parenthood.King salmon sport fishing in Upper Copper River closed this seasonWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Department of Fish and Game announced today (March 7) that all king salmon sport fisheries in the Upper Copper River drainage will be closed this season due to declining salmon returns.Murkowski wants Alaskans approval for future national monumentsElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauAlaska has five national monuments — public lands that are given special protections, and Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski doesn’t want anymore of the state added to that list.Preparations underway for Arctic Council ministerial, related eventsTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksA U.S. State Department official said planning is well under way for the big, biennial meeting of top diplomats from the eight Arctic Council member nations to be held this spring in Fairbanks.From fear to fervor, how this millennial is making the outdoors more inclusiveZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaWhen you open a REI catalog or page through Outside magazine, what do you see? Do the people on the page look like you? Arctic Youth Ambassador Reth Duir is working to make that imagery more representative.