Alaska News Nightly: August 15, 2012

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Murkowski Moderates Forum on the Affordable Care Act

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Senator Lisa Murkowski moderated a forum Wednesday morning in Anchorage on how the Affordable Care Act is affecting Alaska. The small panel of speakers all voiced opposition to President Obama’s new health care law. But audience members had good things to say about how the new law is benefiting them.

Conference Tackles Arctic Issues

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Melting sea ice in the Arctic is opening the door to increased maritime traffic, which brings with it risk, opportunity and the need for safe harbors and services such as search and rescue. Those are a few of the issues participants are tackling at a conference hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Institute of the North in Anchorage.

Submersible Finds Seine Boat Tangled In Own Net

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

A fishing boat that sank earlier this month north of Sitka appears to be tangled in its own seine net.

The Evening Star, a 50-foot seiner, is now in nearly 400 feet of water.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reports that Global Salvage sent an unmanned submersible to the wreckage Tuesday. It found the Evening Star lying on its bow and severely entangled in its net. The company told the DEC that the boat is too deep for the diving equipment currently deployed on the scene

A mile-and-a-half oil sheen spotted after the vessel slipped has disappeared. Now, responders say only small spots are rising to the surface.

Permit Review Underway for Anchorage Wastewater Treatment Plant

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

When you flush the toilet or toss kitchen waste down the drain, where does it go? If you live in Anchorage, you may be surprised to learn it eventually ends up in Cook Inlet. A recent visit to the wastewater treatment facility was an eye opening education in what is and isn’t taken out before it dumps into the water.

Analysis Reveals Alaska’s Workforce More Racially Diverse Than National Average

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The workforce in Alaska is much more racially diverse than the nation as a whole according to some new analysis from the Alaska Department of Labor.

Juneau Plays Good Neighbor, Loans Ambulance To Skagway

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Capital City Fire and Rescue is lending a helping hand to one of Juneau’s neighbors.

Bear Checks Out Ketchikan Lodge

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

A bear walked into Cape Fox Lodge this morning, checked out the coffee shop and visited the women’s restroom before it was ushered back outside by hotel staff.

Seal Pup Begins Training Regimen At Sealife Center

Wendi Jonassen, APRN – Anchorage

The Alaska Sealife Center welcomed the birth of a new harbor seal pup in June. Since then Kobuk has been steadily growing and getting healthier. Once the chubby seal weaned off his mother’s milk, the Center began his training regime, which will help the center take care of him. Having a well-trained harbor seal can also help educate the public about Alaskan sea life.