Alaska News Nightly: August 14, 2013

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French Considers Run For Governor

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

The Alaska Democratic Party may finally have at least one candidate in the race for governor. Hollis French, a state senator from Anchorage, announced today he’s considering jumping in. French filed a letter of intent with the Division of Elections on Tuesday. He says while he’s leaning strongly toward a run, he wants to wait to see how much money he can raise and if a campaign would be viable.

Democrats Sue Redistricting Board Over New Map

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

A new lawsuit has been filed against the state redistricting board. This time, it’s by the Alaska Democratic Party.

Dinosaur Hunters Return For Field Season

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

The dinosaur hunters are back from this year’s field season in Denali National Park. Composed of researchers from Fairbanks, Japan, Korea and Texas, the team took a helicopter into wilderness in the Riley Creek area to look for footprints laid down 70 million years ago.

Eight People Rescued After Separate Sinkings

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau

A Coast Guard helicopter is flying over the sites of two sinkings in Southeast Alaska on Wednesday to check for any pollution.

No Timetable Set For ‘Fate Hunter’ Salvage

Tony Gorman, KCHU – Valdez

Crews have been very cautious in salvaging a fishing tender that grounded near Valdez last weekend.  According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Fate Hunter is currently laying on rock ledge as divers assess the vessel.

No Rain Means Burn Ban For Wrangell Residents

Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK – Wrangell

Wildfires have been a major problem throughout Alaska this summer.

Southeast is known for its ever-present rain and chilly weather. But now, even the rainforest is hot and dry. Wrangell has been under a burn ban for the last week, and the town is still waiting for rain.

Job Growth Likely To Accompany Warming Arctic Climate

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Industry leaders predict melting sea ice will bring new opportunities – in oil and gas development, maritime shipping, and infrastructure development. But at an Institute of the North panel, educators and employers alike predicted a shortage of Alaskans prepared to take jobs.

Anchorage Teachers Reach Agreement With District

Associated Press

The Anchorage School District says it has reached a tentative agreement with the Anchorage Education Association on a three-year labor contract through June 2016.

South Denali Visitor Center To Expand

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

Denali State Park will be adding new facilities as part of a two-phase project that is planned to culminate in a new South Denali Visitor Center.

Renewable Energy Fair Explores Alaska’s Options

Sara Bernard, APRN – Anchorage

Tidal power, wave, wind and solar: there’s no lack of options when it comes to renewable energy in Alaska. To participants at the Alaska Renewable Energy Fair on the Anchorage Park Strip last weekend, Alaska may be one of the best places on the planet to develop some of these ideas.