Alaska News Nightly: July 12, 2012

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Officials Seek Help Remediating NPR-A Wells

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Officials from the State of Alaska urged a U.S. Senate panel today for help in remediating wells in the National Petroleum Reserve. The hearing illustrated a deep divide between a state and federal agency.

Shell Asks EPA For Air Permit Revision

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Shell is facing another unexpected hurdle in its plan to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The company is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to revise its air permit for one of its drill ships. The normal revision process would take months, but the EPA is considering options that would allow Shell to proceed this summer.

Redistricting Challenges Remain In Play

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

An interim voter district map is in place for this fall’s election, but the state’s redistricting process is far from over.  Alaska Redistricting Board chairman John Torgerson says lawsuits challenging the redraw of Alaska voting districts remain in play

Crews Respond To Teller Fire

Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome

The Nome Volunteer Fire Department responded to an early morning fire in Teller, flying in six firefighters who were later joined by several vehicles loaded with crew and equipment.

Report Blames Current, Maneuvering Error For Ferry Crash

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

The Alaska Marine Highway System has concluded that a maneuvering error by the captain of the state ferry Matanuska resulted in the May 7 crash with a seafood processing plant in Petersburg. The accident shut down the Ocean Beauty Seafood cannery for this year.

Pilot Spots 5-Mile Land Slide In Glacier Bay National Park

Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – Haines & Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

One of the biggest landslides in the western hemisphere took place last month in the mountains of Glacier Bay National Park. It was spotted late last month by air taxi pilot Drake Olson, who takes park visitors out flight-seeing.  A huge swath – about five miles – of the Johns Hopkins Glacier was covered with a blanket of dirt and rock.  Olson says it is territory he’s familiar with, and it has changed dramatically.

Troopers Call Off Search For Missing Delta Junction Man

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaska State Troopers have called off the search for a Delta Junction man missing since last weekend.  According to Troopers, an officer from the Delta Post found Emmanuel Martin Hosier’s car parked at a bluff overlooking the Tanana River Sunday night.  The 20-year-old was last seen by family Saturday evening.

Students Show Less-Risky Behavior Than In Years Past

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Anchorage

Alaska’s students are making their own lives better according to a national survey that assesses the risks they take in their daily lives. The Youth

Risk Behavior Survey shows the state’s kids are smoking less, having less unprotected sex, taking fewer drugs and drinking less alcohol than in previous years.

Ravens Damaging Southeast Golf Courses

Anne Hillman, KSTK – Wrangell

Golfers aren’t the only ones hitting the links in Wrangell. They’re joined by a group of ravens, who are causing extensive damage to the course. Golf courses throughout Southeast are experiencing a similar problem.