Alaska News Nightly: October 4, 2012

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Akiak Declares Erosion Disaster

Mark Arehart, KYUK – Bethel

The village of Akiak is under siege. Due to extreme erosion, the City and Native Community have declared a state of disaster. Officials say the shoreline of the Kuskokwim River has eroded nearly 200 feet in just one month’s time. Mark Arehart, from member station KYUK in Bethel, visited the village and reports that the people of Akiak are losing land and memories at an alarming rate.

Oil Companies Release Proposed LNG Pipeline Plan

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan is welcoming a plan released last night for a gas pipeline from Trans Canada and the three would be producers. But, the pipeline could cost $65 billion and a construction date is still unknown.

Shell Begins Prep Work In Beaufort Sea

Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB – Unalaska

For the past month, Shell has been drilling top holes in the Chukchi Sea.

Now, they’re doing preparatory work in the Beaufort, too.

About 400 Soldiers Expected Home Thursday

The Associated Pressf

When a plane load of soldiers arrives Thursday, it will mean more than half of the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldiers deployed to Afghanistan nearly a year ago are home.

Anchorage Detox Center Closes

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Alaska’s chronic shortage of alcohol and drug detox services recently got worse when one of only four residential detox centers in the state temporarily closed. A state Board of Nursing clarification about staffing requirements forced the Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage to close its program in late July.

Bethel Police ID Man Killed In Officer-Related Shooting

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

The man that was shot dead by Bethel police officers Tuesday night has been identified as Sam Alexie Jr., 24. He was allegedly pointing a rifle at officers before they shot him.

PFD Inspires Travel Deals For Alaskans

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Alaskans with direct deposit woke up $878 richer Thursday morning from the Permanent Fund Dividend. Paper checks were also mailed out Thursday. This year’s dividend is the lowest since 2005, but travel columnist and Alaska Travel Gram publisher Scott McMurren says the PFD always inspires airfare deals and Alaska Airlines offers sales from all of their jet destinations in Alaska.

State Auctioning Off Agricultural Land Parcel

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The state is auctioning off a large parcel of agricultural land near Anderson.  The month long sealed bid auction is for 637 acres.  Its’ the third sale in the state’s Kobe designated agricultural use area.

Anchorage Mayor Proposes Two Ways To Cut $30 Million Budget Shortfall

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Mayor Dan Sullivan put two budgets before the Anchorage Assembly this week.