Alaska News Nightly: May 13, 2013

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Couple Escapes As Landslide Destroys Cabin

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

Two Sitkans are safe after a massive landslide destroyed the cabin they were camping in Sunday morning. An air taxi pilot rescued the pair from a debris field estimated to be 20 feet deep. All their belongings were buried in the slide. Their dog remains missing.

Scientists Detect Eruption At Peninsula Volcano

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

Alaska’s most active volcano appears to be erupting. Mount Pavlof, on the Alaska Peninsula, started rumbling this morning, according to Alaska Volcano Observatory scientist-in-charge John Power.

Man Dies After Bulldozer Falls Through Ice Near Stephan Lake Lodge

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A fatal accident that took the life of a bulldozer driver near Stephan Lake Lodge north of Talkeetna on Friday occurred only hours after a state Department of Natural Resources team had flown over the site on an inspection tour.  The work is being done to build an airstrip to support studies on the Susitna Dam project.

Wildfire Season Expected To Start Later Than Normal

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The federal government is predicting a normal wildfire season in Alaska this year, but it could be later than normal.

Kenai Peninsula Razor Clams Appear To Be Declining

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

Alaskans who make an annual habit of digging for razor clams on the Kenai Peninsula may have noticed something odd over the last few tears – there just doesn’t seem to be as many clams on the beaches as there used to be. Scientists have also noticed the trend.

Mining Company Pulls Out Of Exploratory Project Near Tok

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Canadian mining company is pulling out of an exploration project near Tok.  The move comes as the price of gold has fallen about 15 percent from unprecedented highs in recent years, and may signal a slowdown in the mining industry.

Cold Returns To Interior Alaska

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Break up will slow down this week as cold air returns to the Interior.  National Weather Service meteorologist Scot Berg says a cold front is rapidly moving across the region.

Denali National Park Expected To Open On Time Despite Lingering Snow Cover

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The start of the tourist season in Interior Alaska is coming up, and Denali National Park will be ready, despite lingering snow cover.

Alaska Cultural Connections: Food And Culture

Annie Hillman, APRN Contributor

Some people crave ice cream or fresh vegetables or pasta. Others prefer dried fish or caribou. As part of our series exploring culture in rural and urban Alaska, APRN’s Anne Hillman found out how strong links between food and culture are common throughout the state.