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Alaska News Nightly: November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

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Ice Coats Southcentral; Snow, Ice Expected Overnight

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Freezing rain created hazardous driving conditions in Southcentral Alaska today.

Team Rubicon To Help Kotlik Clean Up After Storm

Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome

Team Rubicon, the disaster-relief NGO made up of retired military personnel, is heading to Kotlick on Monday. The same group has sent volunteers to Haiti, Pakistan, Chile, and, most recently, the Philippines. It’s part of the multi-agency effort to help communities in Western Alaska clean-up after powerful storms two weeks ago.

Alaska SeaLife Center Using Resurrection Bay For Heat

Anne Hillman, APRN – Anchorage

As energy bills rise for most people across the state, the Alaska Sea Life Center’s are actually dropping. That’s because they’re using the cold waters of Resurrection Bay to heat their building.

Department of Defense Releases Arctic Strategy Document

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The Department of Defense released a 16-page Arctic strategy document today. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talked about it at an event in Nova Scotia. The report states the arctic is at a ‘strategic inflection point’, transforming from a region of relative isolation to one of increasing access to resource extraction, fishing and tourism as sea ice recedes faster than projected.

Richardson Highway Speed Limit Changed To 65 Between Delta Junction, Valdez

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The State Department of Transportation began changing speed limit signs this week along the Richardson Highway between Delta Junction and Valdez from 55 to 65 miles per hour.

How Fairbanks Covered JFK’s Assassination

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Fifty years ago when news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy spread around the world, Alaska’s connection to the Lower 48 was limited by technology.

JBER Soldier Receives Soldier’s Medal

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

A JBER soldier was awarded the highest military honor for an act of heroism in a non war setting yesterday. Sergeant 1st Class John Kerns received the Soldier’s Medal for pulling a man from a burning car after it crashed and before it exploded a few moments later.

AK: City Under One Roof

Travis Gilmour, Alaska Public Media

It takes a different kind of person to live in Whittier, Alaska. The town is accessible only by water or by tunnel, the weather is extreme, and the only housing option is an ugly apartment building. But the community has managed to win over grade school teacher Erika Thompson.

300 Villages: Portage Creek

This week, we’re going to the southwest Alaska where a self-sufficient couple makes up the entire year round population of Portage Creek. The community is a speck on the map about 30 miles southeast of Dilligham. Chris Carr lives in Portage Creek with his wife Leona.

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