Alaska News Nightly: September 19, 2011

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The EPA issues Shell Oil Air Quality Permits for Arctic Ocean Drilling
Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved an air quality permit for a Shell Oil drilling vessel and accompanying vessels that the company hopes to use in Arctic waters next year.

Anchorage Man is Injured in Reno Air Show Crash
Daysha Eaton, KDLG – Dillingham

An Alaska man who was injured at the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nevada, is recovering. Noah Joraanstad is a pilot for Pen Air. He lives in Anchorage and normally flies routes for Pen Air around Western and Southwestern Alaska. But on Friday, he was in the VIP seating at the Reno Air Show, where the crash happened.

Australian Company to Explore “Deep Coal” in Alaska
Dan Bross,KUAC – Fairbanks

An Australian Company wants to explore deep coal resources in Alaska. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the proposal is aimed at coal too far underground to mine.

Naknek Electric, Deep in Debt, Outlines Geothermal Plan
Daysha Eaton, KDLG – Dillingham

The Naknek Electric Association has released a plan explaining where they’re going with their geothermal project. The member-owned electricity cooperative filed for bankruptcy last year after problems with the more than decade-old geothermal exploration.

APOC Dismisses SOS Initiative Complaint
Associated Press

The Alaska Public Offices Commission has dismissed a complaint over a ballot initiative aimed at the Pebble Mine project.

South Central Mayors Encourage Energy Thriftiness
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

South Central Alaska may be enjoying a mild fall, but three regional mayors are looking toward winter. In particular, they’re concerned about the public knowing how to respond should natural gas supplies be interrupted during a cold spell.

Interior School District Fires up Alternative Energy Boiler
Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Delta-Greely School District staff have fired-up a new alternative-energy heating system at the high school. As KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports the new heating technology will cut fuel costs and burn clean.

Larsen Bay Cannery Celebrates 100 years
Brianna Gibbs, KMXT – Kodiak

This summer marked 100 years of operation for the Larsen Bay cannery. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs has this history of the century old fish processing plant.

A New Life for an Old Roadhouse
Diana Saverin on the Richardson Highway

Highways now wind through a large section of Alaska. But before they were built, hearty pioneers and sourdoughs forged through snow drifts and over river ice by horse-drawn sleigh and foot. The systems of roadhouses that once provided these travelers with shelter, food, and warm drinks have been unceremoniously replaced by gas stations and RV parks. But on the Richardson Highway, one couple, Annie and Mike Hopper, has restored one of the few remaining Alaska roadhouses and built a new year-round lodge above it.