Alaska News Nightly: October 15, 2014

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Alaska National Guard Fraud Investigation Begins

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Anchorage

An investigation into fraud in the Alaska National Guard is now underway.

Appeals Court Halts Gay Marriages In Alaska

The Associated Press

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a temporary halt to gay marriages in Alaska.

Fairbanks Air Quality Regulation Now In Local Lawmakers’ Control

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Voters in the Fairbanks North Star Borough have rejected a ballot initiative that would have continued a ban on local regulation of area clean air standards.

Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Interior Issues

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Two candidates running for Alaska Governor debated during a forum Tuesday in Fairbanks. Sean Parnell defended his administration when Bill Walker questioned what the current governor is doing about the high cost of energy in the Interior.

Sullivan Raises More Than Begich In Latest Quarter 

The Associated Press

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan raised more money than Democratic Sen. Mark Begich during the latest fundraising quarter.

Late Journalist Honored By Fishermen’s Group

The Associated Press

The United Fishermen of Alaska has inducted the late journalist Bob Tkacz into its Hall of Fame.

Bering Sea Crab Fleet Hopes For Big Haul As Season Begins

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

Wednesday marked the opening of the Bering Sea crab season. Quotas are up almost across the board. But one species that usually takes a backseat is outshining the rest – and that’s got some fishermen changing their game plans.

American Seafoods Settles Over Scale Tampering

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

A Seattle-based seafood company accused of stealing groundfish from the Bering Sea has agreed to pay up.

Cost, Avalanche Danger High On Juneau Access Opponents’ Concerns

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau

At a public hearing Tuesday night in Juneau, locals spoke out nearly 4-1 against transportation officials’ effort to extend the capital city’s main road 48 miles farther north.

Great Alaska Shakeout Preps Alaskans For Future Quakes

Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI – Homer

This year was the 50th anniversary of the Great Alaska Earthquake. And, earlier this summer, a magnitude 6.2 quake shook Southcentral Alaska.

Calista Prepares For Shareholder Vote On Enrolling Descendants

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

This week, the Calista Corporation begins touring the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to educate shareholders about the impacts of enrolling more people. Next year shareholders will decide whether to enroll descendants. Increasing the number of owners would impact governance of the company and the size of shareholder dividends.

Y-K Delta Residents: How Will Donlin Gas Pipeline Benefit Us?

Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel

The State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Pipeline Coordinator’s Office collected comments on a natural gas pipeline being proposed by Donlin Gold at Bethel’s Cultural Center Monday evening. It was the first state hearing on the pipeline that would run from Cook Inlet to the proposed Donlin Creek Mine site near Crooked Creek.