Alaska News Nightly: August 31, 2012

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One Dead, One Missing, Two Safe After FV Advantage Sinks

Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak

One man is dead and another missing after the Kodiak-based fishing vessel Advantage sank early this morning 50 miles southeast of Kodiak City.

Pentagon Considering Legal Action Against Former Navy SEAL Author

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Various media reports indicate the Pentagon is contemplating pursuing legal action against Matt Bissonnette. Bissonnette recounts the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden in a new book written under the pseudonym Mark Owen.

Rain Raises Flood Concerns in the Interior

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

There’s concern about high water in areas of the interior. National Weather Service meteorologist John Lingas in Fairbanks says heavy rain has fallen over an area from the central interior to the southeastern Brooks Range in recent days.

Lingas says the rain is just the latest to hit the area, and soils are saturated, raising flood potential.

Homer Woman Crowned Mrs. America

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

A new Mrs. America was crowned Wednesday night following a glitzy, glamorous show in Tucson, Arizona, presided over by actress Florence Henderson of “Brady Bunch” fame.

Naknek Man Heading To U.S. Triathlon Championships

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

Triathlete Damien Hill from Naknek is heading to the US National Championships this weekend. The Hyvee 5150 Elite Cup Championship race will feature the world’s top triathathletes, including the medalists from the London Olympics.

Gary Gray Named UAF Athletic Director

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has a new athletic director.  Gary Gray is coming to Fairbanks from UAF rival Montanan State University. At a press conference announcing the selection Friday morning, UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers credited Gray’s experience.

Telecommunications Issues Causing Problems In Wales

Laureli Kinneen, KNOM – Nome

Telecommunications problems in Wales have caused issues for Wales’s residents, organizations and corporations in the past month and a half. Wales, with a population of 145 is located at the Western tip of the Seward Peninsula and is closer to Russia than it is to Anchorage. Residents have had trouble getting their concerns addressed by the companies providing services.

AK: Hot Springs

Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – Sitka

For many residents of Tenakee Springs, in Southeast Alaska, life revolves around the community bath house, which is fed by the hot springs that give the town its name. Now, this old local institution is receiving a very 21st century renovation, as local people have raised money to convert the building to geothermal heat, putting a modern spin on the town’s ancient resource.

300 Villages: Klukwan

This week, we’re going to Klukwan, a small Alaska Native Village on the Chilkat River. Jones Hotch Junior is President of the Chilkat Indian Village Tribal Council.