Alaska News Nightly: September 13, 2013
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.