Alaska News Nightly: January 2, 2013

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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.