Alaska News Nightly: October 18, 2013

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NTSB Investigates Fatal Small Plane Crash In Fairbanks

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A small plane crashed Thursday night at Fairbanks International Airport, killing one and injuring two others.

Lone Star Expected In Unalaska On Saturday

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

The 78-foot fishing vessel Lone Star, which had been operating as a salmon tender in the Igushik River before it sank on June 30, is finally on its way out of Bristol Bay.

Permits In Hand, Crab Fleet Starts Fishing

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

Alaska’s king crab fishing furlough is over. Most of the fleet received their quota permits from the National Marine Fisheries Service by the end of the day Thursday.

More Safety Center Vans Deployed As Shelter Rules Tighten

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

This week social service providers held a town hall at Beans Cafe to discuss winter safety with Anchorage’s homeless community. Keeping warm and safe outdoors is more important this winter than ever because the city’s homeless shelter is going back to a rule that kicks people out if they’re not making progress toward finding permanent housing.

A Few Successes For Alaska’s Health Insurance Marketplace

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Enroll Alaska has successfully signed up seven people this week for health insurance on the state’s new Affordable Care Act Marketplace. But nearly three weeks into the launch of the marketplace, the company expected to have many more people enrolled.

PenAir Adding Baggage Fees

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

Starting in November, PenAir will start charging new baggage fees.

Chuitna Citizens Coalition Gets Win In Superior Court

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

After a four year wait, the Department of Natural Resources will finally make a decision on applications having to do with the proposed Chuitna mine. A superior court decision handed down this week compels the Department to make its decision within thirty days.

JDEC Report: Juneau’s Economy Is On The Upswing

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Employment is up, wages are up, and the private sector is growing. That’s according to the Juneau Economic Development Council’s latest economic indicators report, which paints a positive financial picture for the Capital City and the rest of Southeast Alaska.

AK: Spear Fishing

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

For one month each fall, Interior residents wade into the crystal clear waters of the Chatanika River to catch whitefish.  They spawn in the fall, unlike other fish in Alaska.  The state limits both the number of permits and the harvest.  And as KUAC’s Emily Schwing found out, this isn’t your typical fishery. Instead of rods and reels, or nets, fishermen use spears.

300 Villages: Nanwalek

This week we’re headed to Nanwalek, a small Russian orthodox community across Kachemak Bay from Homer. On maps, it’s often called English Bay. Nancy Yeaton works for the Nanwalek IRA