Alaska News Nightly: July 14, 2014
Scientists Use Satellites to Track Polar Bears
Joaquin Palomino, APRN – Anchorage
With sea ice in the Arctic melting, the region’s most iconic animal—the polar bear—is in peril. Researchers have monitored the threatened predator for decades, but tracking bears in remote and harsh climates can be costly and dangerous. Which is why federal scientists have started using a new tool to study polar bears: satellites.
At Democratic Lt. Gov. Debate, Differences In Style Over Substance
Alexandra Gutirrez, APRN – Juneau
When voters go to the polls in August, there will be just two statewide primary contests on the ballot. There’s the Republican Senate primary, which is attracting national attention and millions of dollars to match. And then there’s the Democratic lieutenant governor’s race. The two candidates for the Democratic nomination debated Monday at a lightly attended Anchorage Chamber of Commerce event. The pair differed more in style than substance.
Flooding Cleanup Starts in Juneau
Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau
A handful of homes in Juneau are cleaning up after a river flooded over the weekend. The unusual event has become a regular, almost expected occurrence in the Capital City.
Entrepreneurs Get Second Chance for Awards
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs are getting a second chance to win $40,000 to develop regional businesses. It’s part of a partnership involving a Native corporation and a conservation group that made its first awards last year.
Calista Looking to Expand
Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel
Facing federal budget slashing and continued pressure on 8(a) contracting, the Calista Regional Native Corporation is continuing to look beyond federal contracts. The company acquired STG, a major construction company last year and is hoping to grow across the economy.
Memorial Dedicated to WWII Internees
Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau
After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Juneau’s Japanese population was forced from their homes and sent to internment camps in the Lower 48. Teenager John Tanaka was among those shipped out. He was the valedictorian of Juneau High School in 1942, but didn’t get to graduate with everyone else. An empty wooden chair was put on stage in his place. Now, a bronze replica of that chair will remain at the Capitol School Park permanently. The sculpture was dedicated at a memorial to the interned on Saturday.
“Key Ingredients” Highlights Local Foods
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
Eating is, by nature, a social activity. But these days, with the frenetic pace of American living and a disturbing reliance on fast food, it’s hard to get the whole family together for a meal. Now a traveling Smithsonian exhibit at the Palmer Museum attempts to get people connected to their local foods. A sampling of old time Palmer colonists’ recipes is helping to highlight the use of native grown produce.