Alaska News Nightly: October 22, 2014

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Wasilla High Principal Says Congressman Young Offended Grieving School

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Anchorage

The principal of Wasilla High School says her students are shaken after a visit from Congressman Don Young on Tuesday. Young, known for brash talk throughout his four decades in office, spoke to students about suicide and gay marriage in a way the principal describes as hurtful.

Tanana 4H Members Follow Up On Emotional Presentation

Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – Juneau

The Tanana 4-H club returned to the Elders and Youth Conference yesterday, following up on their emotional presentation at last year’s conference.

Begich, Walker/Mallot Are the Early Frontrunners for AFN Endorsement

Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – Juneau

Alaska’s largest Native organization will vote on candidate endorsements Saturday morning. The Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors has drafted two resolutions that will be heard on the final day of the AFN convention in Anchorage.

Debris Lobe Threatens Dalton Highway

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Geology and climate are interacting in the Brooks Range, sending masses of debris down mountains toward the Dalton Highway. One of the moving debris lobes has prompted a plan to relocate the road.

High Energy Prices Driving Builders, Homebuyers to More Efficient Housing

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaskan engineers and builders are pushing the envelope in the quest to build ever-more energy-efficient houses. Some of those innovations are making their way into residential construction.

Senate F Race Pits Valley Educator Against Seasoned Legislator

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A new District – Senate F – was created with last year’s state redistricting plan, and now two candidates with solid ties to the the area want to represent it in Juneau.  Educator and Democrat Pat Chesbro,  is challenging long – time  Republican House representative Bill Stoltze  for the seat.

Alaska Writer Presents Simple Philosophy On Wildlife

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Bill Sherwonit knows a thing or two about Alaska wildlife. The Anchorage based writer has spent decades traipsing through swamps, forging rivers and hiking mountains studying and writing about Alaska’s critters. From the superstars like grizzly bears, moose and caribou to the lowly wood frog. Even shrews and spiders have been given respectful literary treatment.

Sherwonit has a simple philosophy about his relationship with wild animals.