Alaska News Nightly: October 7, 2014

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Federal Court Striks Down Gay Marriage Ban in Idaho, Nevada

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

The 9th circuit court of appeals struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada today. The federal court also has jurisdiction over Alaska, where five same sex couples are suing to overturn the state’s ban on same sex marriage.

Arctic Summit Tackles A Diverse Spread of Issues

Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome

The Institute of the North is in Nome this week for the fourth-annual Week of the Arctic—bringing together policy makers and local shareholders to discuss short- and long-term goals for America’s presence in the far north.

Kuskokwim River May Meet Chinook Escapement Goal

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

Unprecedented closures kept fishermen this summer from targeting king salmon in an effort to bring more fish to spawning grounds after several poor runs. The drainage-wide results showing how well the management worked are now beginning arrive, and the state says the Kuskokwim may have achieved its critical Chinook escapement goal.

In New Ad, Begich Embraces His Vote on Obamacare

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.

For those who want to unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, one strategy has prevailed from the start: Bind him to President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. A new ad from Republican challenger Dan Sullivan is typical of that approach.

Southeast Ballot Issues Cover Taxes, Infrastructure and More

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Communities across Alaska are voting in municipal elections today. They are electing city council and assembly members and weighing in on local ballot measures.

‘Blood Moon’ Forecast Strong in Alaska Tonight

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

People here in Alaska and in much of this part of the Northern Hemisphere will get a chance tonight to see a total lunar eclipse, weather permitting.

At UAA, New Trees Sprout Alongside New Construction

Ashley Snyder, APRN – Anchorage

Over a dozen people gathered at the Alaska Airlines Center on Friday with shovels, wheelbarrows and small potted trees in tow. All were on a mission and none were afraid to get their hands dirty. Their goal? To plant 300 trees to take the place of some that were cut down during the many construction projects on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.

National Geographic Photographer Paul Nicklen Talks On Arctic Environments

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen has traveled to some of the most remote regions of the globe to document the effects of climate change. He has plunged into icy water and floated on sea ice to photograph sea mammals that rarely encounter humans. This week he travels to Anchorage to share stories of documenting the Arctic.