Alaska News Nightly: September 19, 2014

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Mott to Lead Alaska Guard Response Team

The Associated Press

Brigadier General Jon Mott will lead a team charged with implementing recommendations for restoring confidence in the leadership and structure of the Alaska National Guard.

Alaska Delegation Review 113th Congress

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

The U.S. House and Senate are on recess now. When lawmakers return it’ll be after the November election for a lame duck session that will end the 113th Congress.

Tribes Request King Bycatch Reduction as Pollock Season Wraps Up

Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel

As the Pollock season wraps up in the Bering Sea, the Association of Village Council Presidents and the Tanana Chiefs Conference want immediate action to protect declining Western Alaska King Salmon stocks from trawl bycatch. Wednesday they filed a joint petition for emergency regulations with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to crack down on king bycatch for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Panel Completes Review of Standard Used to Set Refinery-Pollution Cleanup Level

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

A panel of experts wrapped up two days of meetings Thursday in Fairbanks that will help the state Department of Environmental Conservation determine the appropriate cleanup level for contamination of North Pole’s groundwater caused by chemicals leaking from the refinery now owned by Flint Hills Resources.

Student Greenhouses Prompt Thorne Bay Restaurant Purchase

Emily Files, KRBD – Ketchikan

There are no restaurants in the 500-person town of Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island. But that looks like it’s going to change. The Southeast Island School District, which serves Thorne Bay and several other rural schools, is buying a vacant restaurant from the city. They’re going to use food from school greenhouses and a bakery to provide fresh meals for residents and business experience for students.

Closing Date Looms For The Senior Center In Bethel As ONC Looks For New Venue

Charles Enoch, KYUK – Bethel

ONC, Bethel’s Tribe, recently announced they are closing the Senior Center at the end of the month and moving to a temporary location.

AK: Mushrooms

Dave Waldron, APRN – Anchorage

Heidi Drygas is a lawyer by day, and a food blogger by night. She features mostly Alaska-grown ingredients in her recipes, and her resume boasts everything from moose chili to devil’s club salad. But, there’s one thing she’s been too afraid to forage, until now.

300 Villages: Chignik

This week, we’re heading to Chignik, on the Alaska Peninsula. Adam Anderson is the Mayor of Chignik, Alaska.