Alaska News Nightly: July 15, 2014
Questions Remain About Alaska’s Prison Deaths
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
A number of inmate deaths in Alaska prisons over the past few months have prompted state legislators to seek answers. But at a hearing hosted by Senator Hollis French (D – Anchorage) on Tuesday in Anchorage, few questions were resolved.
Protesters Speak Out On Demolition Of Two Government Hill Homes
Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage
More than 50 people gathered in the Government Hill neighborhood this afternoon to protest the demolition of two homes. The state is clearing the land to make way for the proposed but not yet funded Knik Arm Bridge.
House Considers Bill To Provide Advance Funding To IHS
Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage & Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC
The CEO of Kotzebue-based Maniilaq Association on Tuesday urged a U.S. House subcommittee to pass a bill that would provide advance funding for the Indian Health Service.
Sullivan Reports Almost $1.2M In Donations In 2nd Quarter
Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC
In the U.S. Senate race, it appears Republican candidate Dan Sullivan is sustaining his fundraising momentum.
World Eskimo Indian Olympics Start Wednesday
Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome
The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics start Wednesday in Fairbanks, with qualifiers for events like one-armed reach and the Race of the Torch ahead of opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. inside the Carlson Center.
No Alcohol at Marijuana Initiative Fundraiser
Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Anchorage
While alcohol is usually a fixture of most political fundraisers, there will be no wine or cocktails at events focused on the marijuana initiative.
Hazardous Material Containers Cleaned Up In Galena
The Associated Press
A state report on the response to the 2013 flooding in Galena says more than 5,000 containers of hazardous material scattered throughout the area during the disaster were collected.
Sunken Barge Irks Kuskokwim Residents
Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Betel
Residents of fish camps along ‘Steamboat Slough’ near Bethel are calling for an abandoned barge to be removed. The barge has been sitting half submerged in the middle of the slough for more than a year.
Healy Frees Sailboat Trapped in Arctic Ice
Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska
The Coast Guard cutter Healy made a detour from its science mission in the Arctic last Saturday to rescue a sailboat trapped in ice near Barrow.
Commercial Fishing Season Ramping Up In Cook Inlet
Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – Homer
Commercial salmon fishing is picking up in the waters of Lower Cook Inlet with several areas opening this week.