Alaska News Nightly: August 15, 2013
Alaska Republicans Worry Of Shutdown Fallout
Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC
Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Don Young hope members of their party won’t shut down the government over the health care bill.
‘Navigators’ To Help Alaskans Learn To Use Health Care Marketplaces
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
On October first, the federal government is scheduled to have its health insurance marketplace up and running in Alaska under the Affordable Care Act.
Unalaska Women Miss Out On Mammograms
Audrey Carlson, KUCB – Unalaska
Ferry service to southwest Alaska has been up in the air all summer, as workers scramble to fix the M/V Tustumena. A substitute ferry is scheduled to pick up some of the slack later this fall, but it won’t be able to get a medical device to Unalaska that women have been expecting all year.
Rare ‘Red Lightning’ Garners National Attention
Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks
A graduate student from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has garnered national media attention after he posted photos of a rare lightning-related phenomenon to his blog.
Medevac Insurer May Get License Back
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
A popular medevac insurance company says it’s close to resuming business in Alaska. Apollo Medi Trans stopped renewing policies earlier this year, leaving many customers without coverage. But there are other options.
Tenakee Residents Search For Way To Reopen School
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
The Tenakee School has been closed for this year, but residents of the Chichagof Island community hope to turn things around for the next.
Bethel Tundra Tram Project Is Complete
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
Heading west from Bethel towards the Bering Sea the lakes get bigger and there are more of them. From the air, it’s a patchwork of water and land. In the winter time they become frozen into one making cross country travel by snow machine relatively easy. But the rest of the year, traveling by tundra is not. And that’s where the tundra tram comes into play.