Alaska News Nightly: November 29, 2012

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Firefighters Battle Palmer Blaze

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A fire whipped by 50 mile an hour winds is threatening  a Palmer subdivision, and is spreading beyond it.  Residents are being evacuated at this hour.

Lawmakers Talking About Sweeping Tax Reforms

Peter Granitz, APRN – Anchorage

The fiscal cliff – that much-reported-on combination of tax increases and government spending cuts – is less than five weeks away. But, most lawmakers are talking about sweeping tax reforms, something unlikely to happen before the end of the year.

Park Service Releases Survey Results For Denali Wolves

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The National Park Service this week released the results of this year’s fall wolf count. The final numbers indicate that the wolf population in Denali National Park and Preserve has fallen by 61 percent since an all-time high of 147 wolves were counted in 2007.

Biologist Requests Land East Of Denali Park Be Closed To Hunting, Trapping

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Conservation Biologist Rick Steiner sent a request this week to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell asking for an emergency order that would close state lands east of Denali National Park to hunting and trapping wolves. The season opened Nov. 1. Steiner made a similar request last May after Park Service biologists reported the dispersal of the Grant Creek Wolf Pack. The pack did not produce pups this year.

Hollis French Retains Senate Seat

The Associated Press

An Anchorage Democratic senator has retained his seat in the state Senate.

The Division of Elections says a recount of votes in Senate District J today shows incumbent Hollis French as the winner, defeating Republican Bob Bell.

Division Director Gail Fenumiai certified the election last week with French holding a 51-vote lead. Bell on Monday asked for the recount.

The recount widened the gap to 59 votes.

Report Presents Analysis Of Giant Ice Sheets

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

Scientists say they have resolved one of the biggest arguments in the climate change debate.  In a report published in “Science” magazine today, they present a new, comprehensive analysis of how much the giant ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica have been melting and how much that adds to the rise of the world’s oceans.

Residential Detox Center Reopens

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Alaska’s chronic shortage of substance abuse detoxification services recently improved when one of four residential detox centers in the state reopened.

Director of Bean’s Café Dies Unexpectedly

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The executive director of Bean’s Cafe died early this morning of pneumonia. 64-year old Jim Crockett helped start the cafe in 1979. It provides meals, shelter, and support services for Anchorage’s neediest citizens.

Personal Boundaries: Learning the Importance of ‘No’

Anne Brice, KCAW – Sitka

From a young age, kids learn how to stay safe. They memorize their phone numbers, learn about stranger danger, wear helmets when they ride their bikes. But some of the things they learn are more subtle, like to trust their intuition.

Yesterday, we explored prevention programs in Sitka that aim to build resiliency in young kids through group activities. Today, we’ll take a look at how lessons learned in childhood might help break the cycle of domestic violence.

Savoonga Celebrates Successful Whale Strike

Margaret DeMaioribus, KNOM – Nome

Savoonga celebrated a successful whale strike earlier this week, as the 2012 whale season is coming to a close. And the bowhead could be one for the record books.