Alaska News Nightly: July 13, 2007

Below is the complete story list and audio from today’s Alaska News Nightly, as broadcast on APRN stations statewide. Individual stories are available in the Alaska News category and you can subscribe to our news feeds via e-mail, podcast and RSS anytime.

ada.gifDental associations drop fight against Alaska bush dental therapist program
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
The American Dental Association is giving up its fight against Alaska’s unique dental therapist program. The president of the ADA was in Anchorage today to announce the details of a settlement ending the legal dispute.

Photo courtesy of Kate Stafford, University of WashingtonDeformed humpback whale washes up in southeast
John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau
A bizarrely deformed humpback whale washed up dead on the west side of Admiralty Island, about 30 miles north of Angoon, Alaska. Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) headed out from Juneau today to do a rather messy necropsy.
Photo courtesy of Kate Stafford, University of Washington

Weird worms appear in Fairbanks, puzzling entomologists
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Pest specialists are trying to identify an unusual worm that’s shown up in Fairbanks. Sarah McConnel was one of several people who called the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension office this week to inquire about the strange congregations of tiny worms.

Affordable housing stubbornly unavailable in Sitka
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
A number of Southeast Alaska communities face housing costs that are so high some residents can’t afford a place to live. Sitka officials have been trying to develop affordable housing at municipal property that once housed the city shop.

19th century general store may close in Tenakee Springs
Brian Pollack, KCAW – Sitka
One of Alaska’s oldest general stores may close its doors soon. Snyder Mercantile Company was opened in 1899 in Tenakee Springs.

Nome hosts design sessions for new Alaska Native cultural center
Jesse Zink, KNOM – Nome
Planning and design is underway for a proposed culture center in Nome that would record and preserve the Alaska Native culture and history in the region.

After walking across America, hiker ends up in… Egegik
Johanna Eurich, KDLG – Dillingham
Some intriguing people work in Alaska’s canneries. For example, Hillary Clinton spent a summer on a slime line in Alaska when she was a college student — now she’s running for President. We caught up with a cannery worker with a story that spans the United States — one step at time.

International handcycling athletes racing from Fairbanks to Anchorage
Libby Casey, KUAC – Fairbanks (read by Lori Townsend, APRN)
The world’s longest wheelchair, or handcycling, race gets underway in Alaska this weekend. The “Sadler’s Ultra Challenge” brings together the top international wheelchair and hand-cycle athletes to compete in a stage race from Fairbanks to Anchorage.