Alaska News Nightly: August 22, 2013

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Alaska Education Leaders Tepid To Obama’s Education Plans

President Barack Obama wants to tie college rankings to how affordable they are and whether students are landing in the workforce after graduation.

Alaska Tries To Curb Cruise Ship Kickbacks

Every summer, a million tourists pass through Southeast Alaska. It’s a boon to local retailers, who rely on the extra customers to make up for slower winter months. But with lots money being spent, business can get dirty.

Millennium Passengers Call 911, Worried About ‘Riot’

The Celebrity cruise ship Millennium returned to Ketchikan Sunday night after mechanical problems. Police responded to the ship late Tuesday night following reports of unruly passengers.

Man Suspected Of Shooting At Police Arrested

A 31-year-old man suspected of shooting at an Anchorage police officer has been arrested. James John Nick was arrested on a warrant this morning.

Military Approves Expanded Alaska Training

The military has signed off on an expansion plan for Alaska training operations and areas. The Alaskan Command, representing the Army and Air Force, published its formal record of decision Tuesday on changes to the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, or “J-PARC.”

UAF Takes New Suicide Prevention Approach

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is taking a new approach to helping students struggling with depression and other mental health problems that can lead to suicide. U.A.F. Associate Director of Counseling Tony Rousmaniere says a $5,000 grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will pay for an on line outreach program.

Resolution May Establish Two Dog Training Areas In Effort To Mitigate Trapping Conflicts
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A resolution to mitigate conflict between dog owners and trappers could pass easily during tonight’s Regular Borough Assembly meeting. The item is on the consent agenda and unless an assembly member disagrees, two new areas will be established for dog training within the borough.

Juneau-Raised Rope Jumper Attempts 3 World Records

Peter Nestler has been hooked on jumping rope since second grade, when he saw an exhibition at Glacier Valley Elementary School. In third grade, he joined the Juneau Jumpers. By the time he finished high school, he had helped his team win seven world championships.

Wrangell In The Picture For Nat Geo Traveler

Wrangell will soon be featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine. KSTK’s Shady Grove Oliver caught up with the photographer working on the article yesterday and sent back this report.