Alaska News Nightly: January 2, 2013
No Fuel Spill Reported At Site Of Kulluk Grounding
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
The grounded Shell Exploration drilling rig Kulluk appears to be withstanding the elements as it sits grounded on Sitkalidak Island near Kodiak. Officials from the unified command say it has remained stable on the sand and gravel beach, and no fuel spill has been observed.
Consultant Says Gulf of Alaska Weather Is Typical For Winter
Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage
Former University of Alaska professor and current oil spill response consultant Rick Steiner says the weather the Kulluk encountered is typical for the Gulf in winter, and he says the problem is that Shell didn’t prepare.
Pair Of Vessels Sink In Jakalof Bay
Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer
The sinking of two commercial fishing vessels in Jakalof Bay near Homer has local oyster growers concerned about possible environmental effects.
Curry Onboard As UFA Director
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Alaska’s largest commercial fishing group has a new skipper at the wheel. Julianne Curry started today as Executive Director for the United Fishermen of Alaska.
Harvest Allocations For Bristol Bay Drifters, Setnetters Remain Unchanged
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham
During December’s meeting the Alaska Board of Fisheries turned down an effort to make major changes to the allocation percentages for drifters and setnetters in Bristol Bay’s massive commercial sockeye fishery.
Major Repairs on the Horizon for the State Capitol Building
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
When legislators enter Alaska’s capitol building soon for the session, they won’t have to be concerned about falling debris.
Gray lumber hugs the marble columns at the entrance to the Alaska State Capitol – to support temporary scaffolding meant to catch anything that might break off the 80-year-old building’s façade.
Alaska Arctic Policy Commission To Address Statewide, National Arctic Issues
Brianna Gibbs, KMXT – Kodiak
Kodiak’s Representative Alan Austerman and Senator Gary Stevens are two members of a 20 member Alaska Arctic Policy Commission appointed to address statewide and national Arctic issues in the coming years.
AVCP Housing Authority Opens New Offices
Trim Nick, KYUK – Bethel
The Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority in Bethel celebrated the grand opening of its offices in Bethel recently.