Alaska News Nightly: January 3, 2013

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2 More Teams Assess Kulluk Drilling Rig

Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak

Two more assessment teams were put on the Royal Dutch Shell drilling rig Kulluk today (Thursday) to continue determining the extent of damage caused by its grounding on New Year’s Eve near Kodiak Island. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard says it should be able to balance its role in the recovery efforts with its responsibility to assure safety in winter fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea.

Environmental Groups Call For Halt In Issuing Offshore Arctic Drilling Permits

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Environmental groups are calling on the Obama administration to stop issuing permits for all offshore drilling in Arctic waters. Shell is leasing wells in the Arctic already, and Conoco’s permits begin in 2014.

Officials Investigate Big Midtown Anchorage Apartment Fire

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of the fire that burned a 24-unit apartment building in Midtown Anchorage Thursday morning. Officials say the building is uninhabitable and an investigation is underway.

Analyst Alleges Mismanagement Of TAPS

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A new report by independent oil industry analyst Richard Fineberg alleges mismanagement of the Trans Alaska Pipeline. It centers on recent years incidents in which pigs, mechanical devices used to inspect and clean the inside of the pipeline, failed to show up where operators expected.

Don Young Sworn In For 21st Term

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The 112th Congress has officially ended – a Congress many are labeling the least effective, and most disliked of all time.

Representative Don Young swore in as a member of the 113th Congress today. This is Young’s 21st term.

APRN’s Peter Granitz sat down with Young in his Capitol Hill office just after he was sworn in, to talk about what Alaska can anticipate in the future. One of the things Young says he’ll push in his next two year term is the Indian Empowerment Act designed to allow more use of Native land and resources for the benefit of Native people.

Petersburg Becomes 19th Borough In Alaska

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

It’s official. Petersburg is now a borough.

The state’s Division of Elections certified the town’s borough vote Thursday and the final results did not changed from the initial counts in December.

Sitka Salmon Shares: A Real-Life Lesson In Food Sustainability

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

A college professor who studies food systems is putting his money where his brain is. Nic Mink has spent the past two summers in Sitka meeting fishermen and learning about the economy salmon trolling. Now, he’s launched a business to connect individual boats with consumers in the Midwest.