Alaska News Nightly: September 4, 2013

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Oil Tax Overhaul Supporters, Opponents Not Pleased With Regulatory Process

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

After a bill gets signed into law, coming up with regulation to implement it is supposed to be the boring part. But when it comes to oil taxes, the way regulations are written could mean millions of dollars for either the state – or for oil companies. Both supporters and opponents of the recently passed tax overhaul aren’t totally pleased with how the regulatory process is going.

Veniaminof Volcano Producing Weak Ash Plume

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The ongoing eruption of the Veniaminof Volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has increased in intensity in recent days and a weak ash plume is being produced.

Fisherman Picket Anchorage Walmart Before Big Meeting

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Protestors converged on a Walmart in South Anchorage on Wednesday to demand the megastore carry Alaska Salmon. The protest comes on the eve of a big meeting between Walmart and state officials. The company doesn’t carry frozen salmon labeled from Alaska because it doesn’t meet their certification standard.

As Stream Levels Drop, Salmon Die Before Spawning

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

Some rainfall over the weekend may have eased a looming crisis for pink salmon stocks in Southeast Alaska. The summer’s fine weather and record salmon runs have both made headlines – but they’re a recipe for trouble without enough water in rivers and streams for fish to spawn.

Fairbanks Gets New Satellite Facility

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

People who frequent the trails on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks may have noticed lots of construction equipment all summer long.  It’s part of a project at the Alaska Satellite Facility.  The facility is getting a new antenna this year.  In coming years, it will collect data from NASA’s polar orbiting satellites.

Fairbanks Man Travels, Writes In Dangerous Places

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Fairbanks man has found adventure traveling and writing overseas.

Talkeetna ‘Mayor’ Begins Recovery After Dog Attack

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

Talkeetna’s honorary mayor is recuperating after a dog attack over the holiday weekend.  Stubbs the cat gained worldwide notoriety last summer when his story went viral on a number of news agencies. He is currently recovering from surgery to repair a punctured lung, but has numerous other injuries that still need to be treated.