Alaska News Nightly: June 13, 2014
Begich Painted As Soft On VA Scandal
Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC
Outside political groups are plugging Alaskan airwaves with ads about Sen. Mark Begich. One recent line of attack highlights the scandal at the VA, claiming Begich isn’t helping veterans.
Air Force Considering Transfer Of HAARP Facility To UAF
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Air Force has paused a plan to demolish the HAARP facility, as it re-considers options for transferring its ionospheric research infrastructure near Gakona to another entity.
Health Care Broker Enroll Alaska Scales Back
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
Enroll Alaska is scaling back its business in the state. The division of Northrim Bank launched last year with plans to help tens of thousands Alaskans sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The company ended up with disappointing results and is now rethinking its strategy.
As Pollock Season Begins, Bycatch Debate Looms
Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska & Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome
As the Bering Sea’s largest fishery opened this week, pollock fishermen were looking forward to a strong season. But they were also under fire from rural users, who believe industry’s catching too many salmon.
Kuskokwim Fishermen Push for an Opportunity to Fish
Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel
At yesterday’s Yupiit Nation fish forum in Bethel, long-term planning for tribal fishery co-management took a backseat to the anxiety and uncertainly surrounding the current king salmon restrictions.
Emergency Order Limits Kasilof King Fishing Hours
Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order restricting personal use setnetting on the Kasilof River yesterday. But managers are seeing some promising signs for king runs on the Kenai, Susitna and Deshka Rivers.
AK: Gold Miner
Molly Rettig, APRN Contributor
Gold is in Clutch Lounsbury’s blood. His grandparents took the Valdez Trail up to Fairbanks during the Gold Rush, and Clutch was on a cat before he could walk. He’s searched in creeks, canyons, and underground. He’s sluice boxed, dredged, and hard rock mined all over the Interior and the Arctic. Today he lives in Ester above an 800-foot mine shaft in the hillside.
300 Villages: Girdwood
This week, we’re heading to Girdwood, which was originally founded as a camp for placer gold miners. Kirsti Ryan describes her hometown.