Alaska News Nightly: September 13, 2013

Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via emailpodcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.

 Download Audio

Industry, Agencies Probe Aging Cook Inlet Infrastructure

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

Leaders from the oil and gas industry and state regulatory agencies met in Anchorage Monday for a work session to begin the conversation about what to do with aging infrastructure in Cook Inlet. One of the biggest questions to answer: who will be responsible?

Catholic Social Services Bracing for Winter

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

As fall temperatures begin to slide toward lows that could be dangerous for the homeless population in Anchorage, Catholic Social Services has the funds to staff their overflow shelter.  Catholic Social Services Executive Director Susan Bomalaski says a grant from the Fred Meyer employee giving fund and money from the municipality of Anchorage will get them through this winter. But Bomalaski says this bandaid approach is not a good long term solution.

Soggy Anchorage Matches Rain Record

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Forecaster Dave Snider, with the National Weather Service, said rain is normal this time of year, but no break in the rainfall is unusual. “Today [Friday] is the 18th consecutive day of measurable rain since August the 27th,” he said. So that ties the record that was set back in 1919. It’s been a long time since it’s rained this much for this long.”

Enviro Group Wants EPA Clampdown on Smoke Emissions

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Lower 48 environmental group is trying to force the Environmental Protection Agency to clamp down on fine particulate pollution in nine states, including Alaska. The Center for Biological Diversity has filed formal notice of intent to sue the E.P.A. for failing to enforce the Clean Air Act.

UAF To Develop an APP for Energy Efficiency

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks wants to develop a mobile app around energy efficiency research at its Sustainable Village student housing project.  The university will use a $40,000 donation from Verizon to run a contest for ideas and develop the app.

Sailing is Thriving in Juneau

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Sailing is thriving in the capital city through a club called Southeast Alaska Sailing, also known as SEAS.  The mission of the group is to promote an appreciation of sailing. That’s done through organized races in the spring and summer as well as a weekly event called Get Out The Boat. KTOO’s Lisa Phu was on board the sailboat Surprise for the 3-day Labor Day Regatta to Taku Harbor.

AK: Junior football

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

It’s football season in Alaska. The sport is gaining popularity in the state, where the first official high school football championship game was played less than 25 years ago. But in Alaska and nationally concerns over football’s safety have grown. And a growing number of parents are refusing to let their children play youth football because of the risk of injury.

300 Villages: Nelchina

Josh Edge, KSKA – Anchorage

This week, we’re heading to Nelchina, a small and spread out community on the Glenn Highway and talk with Roxanne Farmer, a life-long resident.