This week on the Down East Journal, local governments, schools and military bases are bracing for the impacts of sequestration. We explore how the series of automatic cuts will impact eastern North Carolina. Plus, we speak with a local chef who is in the running for a top honor in the food business. Those stories and more, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East. Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas at 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Beach-Beaufort, 90.3 WKNS Kinston- Goldsboro, and 88.1 in Greenville.