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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016

Walker, industry leader have separate concerns on oil, gas bill; Republicans converge on Fairbanks, with eyes for Cleveland; report indicates plane flew low before fatal Birchwood crash; ice jam raises water levels in Eagle; new bill would replace misdemeanor charges for underage drinking with fine; Yup'ik Alaskan one of 10 to receive national award for justice advocacy; Fish and Wildlife consider ban on predator hunting in refuge lands; biologists project lower harvests of pink salmon this season Download Audio

Republicans converge on Fairbanks, with eyes for Cleveland

If Donald Trump doesn’t have the presidential nomination in the bag by July, the Republican National Convention could be the most exciting in decades. Twenty-eight Alaskans get to participate, and this week Alaska Republicans will choose who gets to go to Cleveland. Download Audio

Walker, industry leader have separate concerns on oil, gas bill

The types of oil and gas companies that would benefit from state tax credits would change, under a bill the House Rules Committee unveiled Tuesday. Governor Bill Walker says he’s concerned about these changes. The bill also received a cool reception from industry. But it may be the best chance to resolve one of the thorniest issues facing the state. Download Audio

Yup’ik Alaskan one of 10 to receive national award for justice advocacy

Only 10 people from across the country are getting an award on April 27, 2016 for their work to get a second chance for people with a criminal record. One of them is a Yup’ik Alaskan. Download Audio

Fish and Wildlife consider ban on predator hunting in refuge lands

The National Park Service implemented a series of changes at the beginning of this year which ban various types of predator hunting on Park Service land. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering similar changes for refuge lands across Alaska. Download Audio

Ice jam raises water levels in Eagle

An ice jam on the Yukon River has raised water levels at Eagle. A few low lying areas of the river side community were reported flooded Wednesday morning from the jam about 9 miles downstream. National Weather Service hydrologist Ed Plumb said conditions are not conducive to serious flooding. Download Audio

Biologists project lower harvests of pink salmon this season

Federal fishery biologists expect only 30-million pink salmon, or humpies, will be harvested in Southeast Alaska 2016. That’s well short of 2015's disappointing harvest of 34 million fish and 2013’s record catch of 95-million pinks. Download Audio

Report indicates plane flew low before fatal Birchwood crash

A plane that crashed near Anchorage killing all four aboard on April 20 was engaged in aerial photography over Birchwood at the time of the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday released the first of three reports on the incident. Download Audio

New bill would replace misdemeanor charges for underage drinking with fine

Underage kids caught drinking alcohol won’t rack up a permanent charge on their record under a bill that passed the legislature last week. Download Audio

$488M budget easily clears Anchorage Assembly

The total price-tag on Anchorage's 2016 operating budget is about $488 million, up slightly, with uncertainties lingering from extended legislative session.

Domestic violence case raises questions over Iditarod rules

In a year with a controversial new personal conduct rule, 24-year-old musher with a conviction and open assault charge was allowed to compete.

Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

Latest oil and gas tax credit aimed at gaining majority; musher assault case raises questions over Iditarod handling; Togiak herring season starts out rough; hydropower brought to Bristol Bay village of Igiugig; early breakup occurs along Yukon River; new assistant Sitka DA serves in stride; Sitka cruises to bring passengers to shore; Yupik Spelling Bee helps spread Yupik literacy; commercial fishing to be opened for Stikine River kings Download Audio

Early breakup occurs along Yukon River

Ice is going out early along the Yukon River. Flooding has so far not been an issue. Download Audio

Hydropower brought to Bristol Bay village of Igiugig

An effort to bring renewable energy to western Alaska was recognized Tuesday by the federal government. The Ocean Renewable Power Company was named the 2016 Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters for its ability to bring hydropower to the Bristol Bay village of Igiugig. Download Audio

Togiak herring season starts out rough

The Togiak herring fishery is having a tough season. First the herring showed up and started spawning earlier than ever before, then the winds and weather proved uncooperative. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more on the ongoing effort to harvest roughly 29,000 tons in the state's largest herring fishery: Download Audio

Latest oil and gas tax credit aimed at gaining majority

Lawmakers are continuing work in Juneau. The House Rules Committee on Tuesday unveiled the latest attempt to rewrite tax credits for the oil and gas industry. The bill would save the state more money over the next three years than a previous version. But the savings are much less than what Governor Bill Walker proposed. Download Audio

Yupik Spelling Bee helps spread Yupik literacy

Young Alaska Natives are spreading Yup’ik literacy. Six students from across the state competed in the fifth annual Yup’ik Spelling Bee for Beginners in Anchorage over the weekend. The contest is open to third through eighth grade and run by volunteers. It’s a lot of work. And with responsibility concentrated to a few individuals, the future of the event is in question. Download Audio

New assistant Sitka DA serves in stride

Christopher Orman is the new assistant district attorney for Sitka, Petersburg, and Kake. He replaced Jean Seaton in February, who held the position since 2009. Originally from Southern California, Orman had a winding road to get into law, but he says he’s ultimately happy to be in field serving the community. Download Audio

Sitka cruises to bring passengers to shore

The majority of cruise ships making stops in Sitka this summer will be coming in to dock. Download Audio

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Apr. 25, 2016

Alaska Republican donors go to court over increasing campaign contribution limits; Senate president aims to finish session in Juneau; Seward Highway crash leaves two dead near Girdwood; Dillingham wins first overall and sportsmanship at state NYO; Bristol Bay Native Corporation plans to acquire Katmailand; deadly bat disease spreading; residents asked to help survey the flying mammals; Calista campaigning to reduce quorum requirements before descendants enroll; Wasilla pilot avoids injury after plane loses power; The Ecology of Breast Cancer: Researching the risks for breast cancer Download Audio

Two Rivers man dies in weekend four-wheeler rollover

A Two Rivers man died in a weekend crash of an all-terrain vehicle. Download Audio

Senate president aims to finish session in Juneau

The Legislature didn’t take any actions Monday as it began the second week after the scheduled end of the session. But Senate President Kevin Meyer said he’d like to see the Legislature complete its work soon. Download Audio

The Ecology of Breast Cancer: Researching the risks for breast cancer

Going beyond known risk factors for breast cancer has led to research that looks at the ecology of risk. Dr Ted Schettler is the science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. He is also the author of The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The promise of prevention and the hope for healing. Dr Schettler says considering all the conditions that cancer arises from, means not just individual risks such as genetics, but community, ecosystem and societal concerns. Download Audio

Alaska Republican donors go to court to boost campaign contribution caps

Money is the lifeblood of a political campaign, and if a legal challenge to Alaska’s campaign contribution limits succeeds, there could be more of it. APRN’s Liz Ruskin attended the first day of a trial in U.S. District Court in Anchorage today. Download Audio

Bristol Bay Native Corporation plans to acquire Katmailand

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation announced plans to acquire Katmailand, Inc., a long running sport fishing and bear viewing operation in and around Katmai National Park. Download Audio

Supporting families on both sides of foster care

Foster care doesn't just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families -- and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in? We'll talk about supporting the foster care system on the next Talk of Alaska statewide. Download Audio

Dillingham wins first overall and sportsmanship at state NYO

The statewide Native Youth Olympics tournament wrapped up Saturday after three days of competition. Dillingham earned the rare distinction of winning both first place overall and the top sportsmanship award. Download Audio

Zombie crabs: Barnacle infects king crab populations

Zombies are real. They’re walking around on the bottom of Alaska’s ocean, mindlessly incubating the next generation of creatures that will, in turn, create even more zombies.

Warm water Blob may be sending salmon forecasts awry

Fisheries researchers say the appearance of a warm water anomaly in the northeast Pacific Ocean likely added a new wrinkle into recent predictions of Alaska salmon runs that are used by commercial fishing industry for the upcoming season’s planning. Because of the variability of West Coast salmon populations, a simple cause and effect may be impossible to pin down.

Seward Highway crash leaves two dead near Girdwood

Two people are dead after a crash over the weekend on the Seward Highway north of Girdwood. Alaska State Troopers responded to the collision just after 7 p.m. Saturday. Download Audio

Wasilla pilot avoids injury after plane loses power

A pilot avoided injury in Wasilla over the weekend, after a mechanical mishap. Download Audio

UAF Title IX violations due to systemic failures

An independent report on the University of Alaska Fairbanks failed handling of sexual assault cases was released Friday. The review done by Anchorage attorney Jeff Feldman confirms that UAF failed to pursue policy dictated disciplinary action against perpetrators in five cases from 2011 into 2014.

Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Apr. 22, 2016

UAF Title IX violations due to systemic failures; Point Thomson gas development begins production on North Slope; Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation: Investors of billions; Senate accepts House changes to alcohol, marijuana bill; marijuana entrepreneurs fight an attempt to quell business growth; largest marijuana runner in Homer sentenced; Alaska plans new task force to address heroin, opioids; AK: Protecting a village; 49 Voices: Antonio Prescott of Wasilla Download Audio

AK: Protecting a village

Kwigillingok is preventing kids from entering foster care by intervening with families before abuse starts. Meet their Child Protection Team. Download Audio

Point Thomson gas development begins production on North Slope

The Point Thomson gas development on the North Slope has started production. In a web release, ExxonMobil states it will initially produce 5000 barrels per day of gas condensate and 100 million cubic feet per day of recycled gas that will be re-injected for future recovery. Download Audio

Senate accepts House changes to alcohol, marijuana bill

The Alaska Senate has reversed course, accepting House changes to an alcohol bill that added provisions related to the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers. Download Audio

Marijuana entrepreneurs fight an attempt to quell business growth

A bid to put the brakes on the growth of marijuana businesses in the Matanuska Susitna Borough has caused an outcry from pot entrepreneurs in the Valley. The pot bloc let the Borough Assembly know in no uncertain terms that they're going to fight back. Download Audio

Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation: Investors of billions

The Permanent Fund Dividend is in the news a lot, but where does that money come from? The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation is responsible for managing the investment of the $52 billion fund. The corporation does not send out dividend checks, but its investment earnings determine the size of the PFD. Download Audio

Deadly bat disease spreading; residents asked to help survey the flying mammals

A disease that’s killed millions of bats on the East Coast was recently found in Washington state. Experts fear it’s only a matter of time before it reaches Alaska. Very little is known about bats in the state. To help learn more about bats in Southeast region the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has started a program that asks the public to help survey the flying mammals. Download Audio

Commercial fishing to be opened for Stikine River kings

This year’s run of King salmon on the Stikine River is projected to be small but still large enough for limited commercial fishing near Petersburg. Download Audio

49 Voices: Antonio Prescott of Wasilla

This week we’re hearing from Antonio Prescott and inmate at Mackenzie Correctional Farm outside Wasilla. Antonio manages the chicken house, which supplies eggs for Alaska’s correctional system. Download Audio

Alaska plans new task force to address heroin, opioids

A new 20-member task force will come up with policy recommendations to help the state address it's growing heroin problem. Download Audio

Supporting foster kids and those who take them in

Foster care doesn't just impact kids. It changes the lives of entire families and foster families. So how do we support both those who lose their children and those who take them in? APRN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

What legislative decisions mean for small town AK

With the current budget bottleneck in the state legislature, there is both good and bad news for communities. Some bills that would have increased costs for local governments are on the shelf this session, while there is certainty that communities statewide will be receiving less revenue sharing. While lawmakers struggle to close the budget gap, most headlines are focused on the big picture. But what about the small screen? On this week's Alaska Edition we'll take a look at how the state's fiscal crisis is translating in small town Alaska. Listen Now:

Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016

36-year-old man found dead in Anchorage jail; lawmakers invite Walker to discuss budget, primarily Permanent Fund drawings; Trans-Alaska Pipeline up and running after tank fire the previous day; ConocoPhillips to add wells at CD5 site in Alpine Field; Emmonak public safety official arrested for pointing gun at residents; community organization prevents child neglect through social networks; UAF involved in new project in climate change and wildfire studies; “It Just Didn’t Work”: Legacy of botched project haunts port’s future; Haines bear mauling victim was attacked by brown bear; Egegik incinerator burns down Download Audio

36-year-old man found dead in Anchorage jail

A 36-year-old inmate has been found dead at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. Download Audio

UAF involved in new project in climate change and wildfire studies

University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers will play a big role in 3 newly funded climate change and wildfire studies. Alaska Fire Science Consortium ecologist Randi Jandt said teams that include UAF based and trained researchers will focus on implications of increasing warmth and fire activity from a cross disciplinary perspective. Download Audio

ConocoPhillips to add wells at CD5 site in Alpine Field

Oil development is ramping up in the National Petroleum Reserve. ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. says it's adding wells and other infrastructure at its CD5 site in the Alpine Field. Download Audio

Trans-Alaska Pipeline up and running after tank fire the previous day

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is back in operation following a tank fire that shut it down for 9 hours yesterday. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company spokeswoman Michelle Egan said workers at Pump Station 5 saw flames coming from a large crude oil storage tank at Pump Station 5 at the base of Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range around 2:20 Wednesday afternoon. Download Audio

Lawmakers invite Walker to discuss budget, primarily Permanent Fund drawings

Lawmakers are considering some of the most wide-ranging changes in the history of Alaska finances this year. That’s why the leaders of the House Finance Committee invited Governor Bill Walker and top state officials to talk about their budget plan – especially, the latest proposal to draw from Permanent Fund earnings. Download Audio