Alaska News Nightly: February 20, 2013

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Power Out In Tuluksak

John Active, KYUK – Bethel

Power has been out in the village of Tuluksak the past few days. The village is located 50 river miles upstream of Bethel.

Bypass Mail Likely Target Of Postal Reform Bill

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The U.S. Postal Service recently announced an end to Saturday delivery.  People will stop receiving letters on Saturdays by the end of summer.

A postal reform bill is expected before then, and bypass mail will likely be targeted for reforms.

School Voucher Resolution Will Be Heard In Judiciary, Finance Committees

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

The normally dry subject of committee referrals is creating a bit of a stir in the state Capitol.

Fish & Wildlife To Survey WWII Debris, Contamination On Attu

Kelsey Gobroski, KTOO – Juneau

Attu Island is overdue for some spring cleaning. Seventy years after World War II, the island is still littered with shards of old Coke bottles, lead-based batteries, leaking fuel drums and unexploded artillery.

This summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the remote island as a refuge, will survey the extent of World War II debris and contamination. As KTOO news intern Kelsey Gobroski reports, the entire ecosystem could be affected by the decades of pollution.

Alaska Innovators Share Success Stories

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

We’ve all heard politicians talk about how businesses need to change to succeed in today’s marketplace. A group of Alaska entrepreneurs shared their success stories, in hopes of inspiring others, at last week’s Innovation Summit in Juneau.

Tanana Chiefs Conference Discusses Yukon Chinook Stocks

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Tanana Chiefs Conference has gathered leaders from interior Alaska Native villages in Fairbanks to talk about Yukon River salmon.  There’s frustration with the depressed state of Yukon River Chinook stocks.

Domesticated Salmon Research Topic Of Discussion At Boston Meeting

Johanna Eurich, KDLG – Dillingham

Imagine a domesticated salmon raised on land and eating plants. Depending on your point of view, it’s a nightmare or a dream on the edge of becoming true.

Johanna Eurich reports on research discussed this week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston.