Alaska News Nightly: September 28, 2012

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Troopers Arrest Fugitive Wanted In Sleetmute Kidnapping, Rape

Sophie Evan, KYUK – Bethel

A fugitive wanted for kidnapping and rape has been apprehended after eluding Troopers for two and a half days. The incident happened in Sleetmute, a village on the Upper Kuskokwim River.

Local Search Effort Continues For Missing Norton Sound Boaters

Laureli Kinneen, KNOM – Nome

While the Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers have suspended searches in the Norton Sound for a couple missing since Monday, local search efforts in Unalakleet continue today.

UA Regents Approve Tuition Hike

The Associated Press

The University of Alaska Board of Regents have voted 9-1 to increase tuition.

The board on Friday approved what the university system is calling the lowest increase in over a decade.

Assembly Passes Private Building Plan Review

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

This week the Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance that will impact how building plans are approved. The ordinance allows builders to have single-family and two-family residential construction plans okayed by privately contracted engineers, rather than through the municipal process. Officials say it will speed up the permitting process.

Scientist Reprimanded For Improper Release Of Government Documents

The Associated Press

An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has been reprimanded for improper release of government documents.

An Interior Department official says emails released by Charles Monnett were cited by a federal appeals court in decisions to vacate approval of an oil company’s Arctic exploration plan.

The official, Walter Cruickshank, says in a memo that an inspector general’s investigation contained findings that Monnett had improperly disclosed internal government documents. He also says the investigation made other findings in regards to Monnett’s conduct but that he wasn’t taking action on those.

Monnett was briefly suspended last year during an inspector general’s investigation into a polar bear research contract he managed.

Mat-Su Elections Will Proceed As Scheduled

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Despite last week’s flood emergency, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough election will proceed as scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Four of Five Largest Southeast Cities Holding Mayoral Elections

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Four out of Southeast Alaska’s five largest cities will chose mayors on Tuesday. Two have incumbents on the ballot, while the other two will chose among newcomers – or politicians rejoining the race.

AK: Eating Right

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

What comes to mind when you think of a school lunch menu? Tater tots? Sloppy Joes? Chocolate Milk?

Instead, imagine quinoa or brown rice, locally-grown salad or roasted brussel sprouts and baked fish or homemade pizza with whole grain crust. That’s the direction some U.S. schools are headed as they try to serve healthier meals and teach kids more about nutrition and exercise.

Two Alaska districts are getting some national recognition for their efforts on that front.

300 Villages: Cold Bay

This week, we’re going to Cold Bay, a small community at the end of the Alaska Peninsula.  George Lopez is mayor of Cold Bay.