Alaska News Nightly: June 7, 2013

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Man Fatally Mauled By Bear

The Associated Press

Alaska State Troopers say a man was mauled to death by a bear at a remote lake in the state’s interior late Thursday night. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says the victim was 64-year-old Robert Weaver of Fairbanks.

Weaver and an unidentified family member were at a cabin at George Lake, about 110 miles southeast of Fairbanks, when the attack occurred. The other family member sought shelter inside the cabin and called authorities.

Responding troopers found Weaver’s body outside. Peters says a trooper investigating the death encountered a black bear. The animal was killed, and will be sent to Fairbanks for a necropsy to see if it was the bear that mauled Weaver.

Weaver’s body will be sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Anchorage for an autopsy. Peters says the other family member is traumatized but apparently uninjured.

Redistricting Board Begins Redrawing Boundaries

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Following a sharp rebuke from a superior court judge, the Alaska Redistricting Board has decided to start redrawing the state’s political boundaries. The process has been going on for almost three years, and the lines can have a serious impact over who ends up in the legislature.

AVCP Looks To Leverage Izembek Road

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she plans on visiting King Cove and

Cold Bay in August to investigate whether the region needs a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

APICDA Takes Stance On Izembek Road

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Myron Naneng’s stance on the road from King Cove to Cold Bay is puzzling, according to Larry Cotter, who is the president of the Aleutian – Pribiloff Islands Community Development Association.

Surge Of Water Pushing Down Yukon River

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Another surge of high water is pushing down the Yukon River, the result of this year’s late spring.

Rotten Food Poses Problem For Galena Residents

Jeremy Scott, KIYU – Galena

Galena residents are returning to see what’s left of their flooded homes. And one thing they are finding is the rancid contents of freezers that stopped operating when the power plant went down.  There’s a dump down the road, but the road is washed out.

Group Commemorating 100 Year Anniversary Of First Denali Summit

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

Friday marks the hundred year anniversary of the first summit of Denali, known as Mt. McKinley to many outside of Alaska. This year, more than 1,000 climbers will attempt to summit North America’s highest peak. One group, however, has a particularly close link to the original 1913 party.  KTNA’s Phillip Manning spoke with the members of that group as they finalize preparations in Talkeetna.

Special Olympics Alaska Breaks Ground On New Expansion

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

Special Olympics Alaska hosted a ground breaking ceremony on Monday, for a 20,000 square foot expansion for their Sports, Health and Wellness Center where Governor Sean Parnell also signed House Bill 88 into law.

Ground Breaks For Port MacKenzie Rail Extension

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

An official groundbreaking ceremony for the Port MacKenzie railroad extension brought Governor Sean Parnell and other state officials to Big Lake on Tuesday.  When completed, the railroad project is expected to help move minerals, and other products from the state’s Interior to tidewater in Southcentral Alaska.

AK: The Big Day

Dave Waldron, APRN – Anchorage

In the world of birding there are all kinds of lists, and rules to go with them. One of those lists is the big day, where a birder tries to identify as many birds as they can in a single day. APRN’s Dave Waldron embarked on a big day with one birder who wasn’t just looking for birds, but redemption.

300 Villages: Hyder

This week, we’re heading to a bird lover’s paradise. It’s the tiny town of Hyder, on the border with Canada in Southeast Alaska. Caroline Steward and Wes Loe live in Hyder, Alaska.