Alaska News Nightly: June 21, 2013

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Paid Protesters Attempt To Convince Alaskans To Not Sign Oil Tax Cut Repeal

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

A well know political operative is paying protesters to convince Alaskans not to sign an initiative petition to repeal the new tax cut on oil companies. Activists gathering signatures for the initiative say their workers are being harassed.

Redistricting Board To Begin Reviewing District Lines

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

In the coming weeks, the Alaska redistricting board will be reviewing seven different political maps, on top of a handful that have been submitted by third party groups.

Senate Work On Immigration ‘Dead On Arrival’ In House

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

There’s growing optimism in the Capitol, that the U.S. Senate will pass an immigration reform bill soon.

Lightning Strikes Ignite More Wildfires

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Alaska Interagency Fire Coordination Center is reporting dozens of new wildfires in the state.

Tularemia Cases Reported In Delta Junction

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A snowshoe hare has tested positive for Tularemia in Fairbanks.  The sick animal was found by a member of the public, who brought it to a local vet, where it died.  The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is warning of the seasonal disease, which is transferred by direct contact and ticks. Pets and people can also get tularemia, and die if not promptly treated with antibiotics.

Where Are Anchorage’s Homeless Coming From?

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The majority of chronically homeless people in Anchorage are Alaska Native, and most of them are from Northern and Western Alaska. That’s according to new data gathered by researchers with the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation during a one-day survey. They say the new data validates anecdotal evidence and they hope it will be used to create more culturally relevant programs to get the homeless off the streets and into stable housing. One Inupiaq woman, who’s been homeless herself, is a model for how that might work.

AK: Canoe Paddles

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Remember the Tlingit paddlers who lost their canoes on a recent journey through Southeast? High winds and rough seas capsized the watercraft, dumping hand-carved, red cedar paddles into the ocean.

The canoes were found, and later, some of the paddles. They had a homecoming of sorts a few weeks ago in Yakutat, where they were made.

300 Villages: Napakiak

This week we’re heading to the village of Napakiak, near Bethel. Samuel Roberson is from Napakiak.