Alaska News Nightly: December 9, 2013

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Bristol Bay Fishermen File Suit Over Lone Star Sinking

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

A group of Bristol Bay fishermen have filed suit against Trident Seafoods, Magone Marine Services, and the owner and operator of the vessel Lone Star, which sank in the Igushik River during the middle of this past year’s salmon fishery.  The resulting oil spill shut down the fishery, costing most Igushik Beach set netters their season.  They say they have still not been paid for their lost income for the season.

FDA To Announce Decision On Genetically Modified Salmon

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

Alaska’s Congressional delegation is bracing for an FDA decision on genetically modified salmon, and Sen. Mark Begich has asked the head of the agency not to exploit the holiday season to release what’s expected to be an unpopular report. At issue is a U.S.  company’s plan to create Atlantic salmon eggs for fish farms that include a Chinook salmon gene.

Fairbanks Company Offers Giant Pellet Fuel Logs

Dan Bross, KUAC –Fairbanks

Wood is a primary heating fuel in the interior, but the practice of burning less than dry logs often results in elevated fine particulate pollution in the Fairbanks area. A local business has a solution.

Inmate Hospitalized After Assault

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

An Alaska prison inmate is in an Anchorage hospital tonight, according to Alaska State Troopers following an assault by a fellow inmate. The alleged assault happened on Friday evening. A corrections officer at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward called it in.

Major AHFC Mixed Development in the Works for Mountain View

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The state-owned housing agency is trying something innovative to increase access to affordable housing in Anchorage. The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is developing mixed housing in East Anchorage that will combine low income apartments with regular ones.

Dog Attack Victim, Hero Recount Their Ordeal

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

Juneau Animal Control is investigating two recent dog attacks in the Capital City.

Geological Forensics At The Mendenhall Glacier

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

A slide that sent rocks crashing onto frozen Mendenhall Lake in late November actually caused a small tsunami.  It also posed a scientific question as well as concern that rock slides are another unpredictable hazard for people exploring the frozen lake this winter.

Adak Eyes Potential Polluck Fishery

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

Recently, Alaska’s Board of Fisheries set up an experimental harvest in the Aleutian Islands that they thought might benefit small communities like Adak. But, Adak had their eyes on a much bigger prize.