Alaska News Nightly: May 10, 2013

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White House Releases Arctic Strategy

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The White House released its National Strategy for the Arctic Region today. The document lays out the country’s plans for future business in the high north, as well as environmental protection and international planning.

APICDA Searches For Ferry To Serve Pribilof Islands

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

The Pribilof Islands of St. Paul and St. George are just 45 miles apart, but getting between them can be challenging because of limited flight service, and the area’s notoriously foggy weather. This summer, a regional community development group is hoping to solve that problem by contracting a ferry to run between the islands. But, finding a suitable vessel has proved challenging.

Copper River School District Shutting Down

Tony Gorman, KCHU – Valdez

The oldest school in the Copper River School District is officially closing down.  The Copper River School Board voted unanimously this week to shutdown the Copper Center School due to low enrollment.  The District is seeking approval from the Alaska Department of Education to move forward with its closure plan.

Some Legislators Assisting Effort To Repeal New Oil Tax Bill


Two Anchorage lawmakers stood outside Barnes & Noble in Midtown Anchorage today, gathering signatures for the referendum to repeal Gov. Sean Parnell’s oil tax overhaul. The bill narrowly passed at the end of this year’s legislative session. It’s expected to lower taxes on oil companies by hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

BBNC, Millrock Agree To Mineral Exploration On BBNC Land

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

The Bristol Bay Native Corporation and the mineral exploration company Millrock Resources have signed an agreement to look for copper and gold prospects on BBNC land near the Chigniks, down the Alaska Peninsula.

Final Piece Of Steel In Place At The Alaska Airlines Center

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

Students, staff, coaches, politicians and other onlookers gathered at the construction site for the “topping out” ceremony at the Alaska Airlines Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Friday.  Now the final piece of steel for the structure has been hoisted into place.

UAF Cancels Popular Recycling Program

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

In June, the University of Alaska Fairbanks will discontinue its recycling program.  It’s a cost cutting measure, but, it comes in response to what the University sees as a lack of action by the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

AK: Going Bald

Anne Brice, KCAW – Sitka

When you’re a teenager, looks really matter. But a girl in Sitka recently decided that those concerns weren’t as important as a cause. So she shaved off all of her long wavy hair to support childhood cancer research across the U.S.

300 Villages: Arctic Village

This week, we’re heading to Arctic Village, on the edge of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Margorie Gemmill is Tribal Administrator for the Arctic Village Council.