Alaska News Nightly: July 12, 2013

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Repeal Group Gets 45,000 Signatures For Referendum

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Tomorrow is the deadline for a group trying to repeal a tax cut on oil companies.

FAA Ups Qualification Requirement For First Officers

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The Federal Aviation Administration is increasing the amount of hours required to become a copilot for a commercial air carrier.

Tenakee Seeks Families To Keep School Open

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

The school in Tenakee Springs has less than a month to double the size of its student body or risk closing. School board members in the small Southeast city are hoping families will move to town and boost the numbers. If the school closes, Tenakee’s population may drop further as the few remaining students and their families look elsewhere for an education.

Central Peninsula Hospital Opens New Oncology Unit

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

Wednesday was the grand opening of a new oncology unit at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. Tt’s the latest development in a broader effort to expand medical services on the Peninsula.

Cyclist Survives Wold Pursuit On The Alaska Highway

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

A cyclist had the race of his life recently (Saturday) in Yukon as he pedaled to outrun a wolf chasing him along the Alaska Highway. Three cyclists are biking from Idaho to Alaska’s North Slope to raise money for charity. About 60 miles west of Watson Lake, Mac Hollan’s two companions stopped to fix some bike equipment, leaving him to ride ahead. When he heard breathing behind him he thought his teammates had caught up to him. He looked back to see a wolf instead.

StoryTRACKS Gets Kids Reading Outdoors

Sarah Bernard, APRN – Anchorage

A new project in Anchorage helps kids combine playing outside with reading books. Best Beginnings project manager Barbara Brown hosted the StoryTRACKS ribbon cutting event on the Loussac Public Library lawn on July 11. Each page of the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt was laminated and mounted on signposts so that kids could read together and run around at the same time. Brown says thanks to an Anchorage Parks Foundation grant, they’ll be able to create ten sets of laminated books that will soon make the rounds to parks and trails across the city.

AK: Game Entrepreneurs

Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK – Wrangell

Hundreds of years in the future, Earth is rendered uninhabitable. Brothers Raymond and Rusty Hayes are battling for survival. Their weapons? A board, a deck of cards, and some dice. KSTK’s Shady Grove Oliver takes us inside the world of War Command.

300 Villages: King Cove

Alex Duerre, APRN – Anchorage

This week, we’re heading to the Alaska Peninsula community of King Cove. Della Trumble is the finance manager for King Cove Corporation.