Alaska News Nightly: October 29, 2013

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Disaster Declared For Area South Of Kenai

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

A handful of residents on the Kenai Peninsula have been battling surface and groundwater flooding for more than a month. On Tuesday, Borough Mayor Mike Navarre issued a disaster declaration for the area just south of Kenai, a quarter mile inland from Cook Inlet.

Flood Insurance Reform Act Could Mean Higher Premiums

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

Congress is discussing what to do with the Flood Insurance Reform Act, which could cause many flood victims, including some in Alaska, to pay much higher premiums on their flood insurance.

Denali Park Landslide Mostly Cleared

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The landslide that came down on the road into Denali National Park last week has been largely cleared.

Denali Park Rangers Discover Remains Of Small Pets Cooked In Campfire

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

An employee at Denali National Park made a disturbing discovery while driving last week to the site of the landslide on the Park Road.  He saw trash scattered near a turnout at Mile 7 and stopped to investigate.  What he found has Park staff baffled.

AFN Youth Speak Out On Abuse

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The Alaska Federation of Natives convention that just concluded in Fairbanks had a theme of traditional values this year. Protection became a big component of that. The perennial call to insure that subsistence rights are not diminished was strong, but even stronger this year was the outpouring of support for young people, who opened up with gut wrenching stories of pain from the fall out of addiction, suicide and abuse.

Eielson Biplane Takes Flight Once More

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

A Fairbanks group has been working for six years to restore a biplane that once belonged to Carl Ben Eielson. The plane has a new set of wings, a fresh coat of paint it’s now hanging once more from the ceiling of the Fairbanks Airport terminal.

Warm Weather Sets Records In Fairbanks, Eielson

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Some high temperature records were set in the interior yesterday, as the latest Chinook channeled more southerly air across the region. Delta Junction peaked at 62 degrees, a daily record and the warmest it’s ever been there so late in the season. Eielson reached 58, and it got up to 51 in Fairbanks, all records for October 28th.

Providence Cuts Nighttime Sexual Assault Exams

The Associated Press

The Providence health system has stopped conducting nighttime sexual assault exams in Anchorage, citing a shortage of specially trained nurses.

Alaska Insurers Report Marketplace Enrollment Numbers

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Nearly one month after the federally run health insurance marketplace launched, just 35 Alaskans have been able to sign up for plans. That’s according to the two insurers offering plans on the marketplace, Premera Alaska and Moda Health. Significant technical problems have plagued the site since it went live on October 1st. An Obama administration contractor says it hopes to have it working smoothly by the end of November.

New Book Chronicles History Of Alaska’s Salmon Traps

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Back in the 1950s, Alaska’s bid for statehood was spurred in part by a fight over fish traps.  The behemoth  contraptions were placed at the mouths of salmon streams from Ketchikan to Dillingham, resulting in waste, while drastically diminishing the salmon runs.   As Ellen Lockyer reports, a new book details the history of the fish traps, and their impact on the soon to be new state.