Alaska News Nightly: October 5, 2012

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Calista Subsidiary Lands $4.5 Billion Federal Contract

Sophie Evan, KYUK – Bethel

Calista, the for-profit Native Corporation for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, still has a board member filling in as President. But amid the controversy over current leadership, one of Calista’s subsidiaries has gone on with business as usual, managing to secure a staggering $4.5 billion Federal contract.

Early Assessment Puts Flood Cost At $11.9 Million

Lorien Nettleton, KTNA – Talkeetna

The State’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has identified 1,300 structures affected by September’s flood disaster. As homeowners continue to slog through paperwork for disaster claims, FEMA has stepped in to join the state’s recovery efforts.

Hilcorp Gets Permits For Construction At Redoubt Bay

Shaylon Cochra, KDLL – Kenai

After concerns were raised about the safety of the Drift River storage facility located at the base of Mt. Redoubt, the energy company Hilcorp has started a project to ensure protection of the large oil tanks located there.  But, the project first needed waivers from provisions of the Redoubt Bay Critical Habitat Management Plan.

Voter Registration Deadline Is Sunday

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The deadline to register to vote in next month’s general election is Sunday October 7. Regional election offices in the state’s larger cities will be open on Saturday and Sunday for those completing registrations in person.  Registration forms can be downloaded from the state website and faxed to the division of elections as well. Anyone updating or completing a new voter registration after Sunday will have to vote with a questioned ballot on election day.

Homer Brothers Charged With Raping Drunk Boy

The Associated Press

An 18-year-old Homer High School football player and his older brother have been accused of sexually assaulting a boy passed out at a party.

18-year-old Joseph Resetarits and 20-year-old Anthony Resetarits were arrested Thursday by Alaska State Troopers. Homer school officials say the younger brother was kicked off the team.

A criminal complaint filed in Homer Superior Court says troopers were alerted to the sexual assault by a hospital nurse on Sept. 10 after the boy attended a large teen drinking party two days earlier.

The complaint says the boy passed out, and Anthony Resetarits sexually assaulted him with Joseph Resetarits also participating. Troopers recovered multiple photos from the party, including of the rape.

Troopers say there could be further charges as the investigation continue.

Suspect in Shooting Pleads Not Guilty

The Associated Press

A 45-year-old Kiana man accused of shooting two men north of his village has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and other counts.

Teddy Kyle Smith was arraigned Friday in Nome.

Assistant District Attorney Johnny R. Hayes says trial was set for January. He says Smith remains held on $500,000 bail.

In addition to attempted murder, Smith faces charges of theft, robbery, weapons misconduct and assault in connection with the Sept. 18 shooting of 46-year-old Paul Buckel of Kotzebue and 47-year-old Charles Buckel of Fostoria, Mich., at a remote cabin.

Alaska State Troopers have said the brothers are recovering.

Troopers say the brothers found Smith at the cabin and were shot after an altercation.

Smith, an actor, went missing earlier in September after his mother died.

Two Rivers Dog Mushers Association Will Not Participate In World Championship

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Two Rivers Dog Mushers Association, or TRDMA, will not participate in the International Federation of Sleddog Sports World Championship next March. The Association made the final determination during their monthly meeting earlier this week.

State To Participate In Legal Challenge Of NPS Authority

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The state of Alaska wants to participate in a legal challenge of National Park Service authority.  The case involves a run in between a moose hunter and park rangers on the Yukon River that generated major tensions.

Canvas Changes Outcome In Wrangell Mayor’s Race

The Associated Press

Absentee and faxed ballots have changed the outcome of the mayoral race for the City and Borough of Wrangell.

Donald McConachie Sr. picked up eight faxed votes during the canvassing process on Thursday, enough to erase David L. Jack’s five-vote lead after Tuesday’s election. Jack, also an assembly member, picked up one vote in Thursday’s canvass.

Deputy Clerk Carol Bean says the final tally was 303-301 in McConachie’s favor. The count is final, and results will be certified Monday.

AK: Saying Goodbye to Summer

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

In Southeast Alaska, the last cruise ship visit is as much a signal of the season’s changing as the weather. And in Sitka, the residents have created something of a ritual to mark the season’s end.

300 Villages: Kaktovik

This week, we’re going way up north, to the village of Kaktovik, inside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The community of about 300 people is located on the north shore of Barter Island on the Beaufort Sea. Annie Tikluk is the mayor of Kaktovik.