Alaska News Nightly: September 30, 2014

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Sullivan Allowed to Keep In-State Tax Credits in Maryland

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.

Maryland tax collectors had good news for Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan today, and perhaps bad news for his campaign. Maryland authorities say he doesn’t have to repay about $5,000 in homestead tax credits he received from 2006 to 2008, for a home he owned in Bethesda.

After Long Delay, Governor Denies Record Request Into National Guard Response

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Anchorage

Alaska regulations give government bodies 10 working days to fulfill a records request, plus another 10 if they need an extension. It took Parnell’s office 86 full working days just to deny one concerning the executive branch’s response to sexual assault in the Alaska National Guard.

Ebola Spreads to US; Risk to Alaska Deemed Low

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Federal health officials announced today that the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the U.S. in Texas. The patient, who traveled from Liberia is being treated in isolation at a hospital in Dallas.

How Should the US Lead in the Arctic?

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.

Arctic experts and policymakers gathered at a Washington, D.C. think-tank today to focus on how the U.S. might wield its leadership when it assumes the chairmanship of the Arctic Council next year. Recommendations ranged from the lofty to the concrete.

Walrus Are Hauling Out On Alaska Shores In Record Numbers

The Associated Press

Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska’s northwest coast.

Deciphering AO-37, Anchorage’s Labor Law

Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage

Anchorage’s controversial labor law, commonly referred to as AO-37, will be on the ballot this November. The mayor and his administration want you to vote yes to keep it. The municipal unions want voters to get rid of it.

None Testify In Favor of Pot at Hearing in Bethel

Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel

The Bethel Legislative Office was packed Monday afternoon as Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell lead a hearing on Ballot Measure 2, a marijuana initiative that will appear on the November 4 ballot.

Tlingit Woodcarver Revives An Old-World Tool: The Adze

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Sealaska Heritage Institute is incorporating a traditional Native carving method into the building of the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau. Wayne Price is a Tlingit carver from Haines. He’s using an adze, a tool used by his ancestors thousands of years ago.