Alaska News Nightly: June 13, 2013

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Anti-Referendum Groups Get Pass On Financial Disclosures

Ballot propositions can be expensive fights, with hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars spent. The Alaska Public Offices Commission, or APOC, is the group that tracks all that money.

Native Corporation 8A Contracting Declines

Alaska Native corporations say they’re feeling the impacts of Congressional scrutiny and new rules for federal contracts. Previously the corporations, Native American tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations could enter noncompetitive federal contracts of any amount, and the corporations were getting contracts in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Clean Up Begins On Cargo Ship In Valdez With Leaky Containers

Crews have begun cleaning and decontaminating a cargo ship that has been docked in the Port of Valdez for almost two weeks after leaking containers were discovered onboard. The BBC Arizona’s cargo was offloaded into a decontamination area earlier this week. Coast Guard spokesperson Lieutenant Allie Ferko says all 28 containers will be removed whether they are leaking or not…

Hot Weather Settles Over Most Of The State

Hot and dry weather has settled over most of the state. National Weather Service meteorologist Shaun Baines in Anchorage says while temperatures are high in the region, they won’t break records.

Anchorage Police Target Distracted Drivers

Anchorage Law Enforcement is cracking down on distracted driving, just as a national study highlights the problem. KSKA’s Daysha Eaton reports.

The Veniaminof Volcano Is Erupting

The Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula is apparently erupting. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Fish Tech Degree Program Starts Up In Sitka

Starting this fall, the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka campus will be inheriting a new degree program. The UAS Fisheries Technology Program will be coming to Sitka from Ketchikan.

Native Speakers Inspire Change

Interior Alaska Native leaders shared stories of hardship and messages of hope during addresses at a conference in Fairbanks yesterday. The annual Rural Providers Conference is aimed at eliminating alcoholism, domestic violence, sexual abuse and suicide through traditional and modern means.

Alaska Author Tackles Arctic Gardening

Seth Kantner is known to many Alaskans as the award winning author of the novel Ordinary Wolves and a collection called Shopping for Porcupine.