Alaska News Nightly: October 27, 2014

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State Begins Releasing National Guard Documents

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Anchorage

The Department of Law has started releasing state documents concerning the National Guard, in response to a lawsuit filed by Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News. Their search turned up over 10,000 records that require legal review, but the first batch is made up of just a few personal e-mails to and from Gov. Sean Parnell’s chief of staff.

Anchorage School District, Military Take Steps Toward Lifting Recruiter Ban

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

The Anchorage School District and military recruiters met Monday to discuss the steps that need to be taken in order for recruiters to be allowed back on school campuses.

Ground Game Ramps Up In U.S. Senate Race

Liz Ruskin, APRN

Between the candidate campaigns and Outside groups, some $52 million has been spent to try to influence your vote in the U.S. Senate race. Much of that is spent on advertising, for Sen. Mark Begich or Republican challenger Dan Sullivan. But in the end, every race is decided by who actually turns out to vote.

Group Launches Anti-Walker Ad Campaign

The Associated Press

A new Republican group has launched an advertising campaign against independent Alaska gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker in the final days before next week’s election.

Shell Oil Asks Regulators For More Time On Beaufort, Chukchi Leases

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

Shell Oil has spent the better part of a decade – and more than $6 billion – trying to explore prospects in the Alaskan Arctic, but they have little to show for it.

Lego To Break Off Branding Agreement With Shell Oil

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

Shell Oil might be known for selling fuel, but their logo isn’t limited to gas stations. They’ve also appeared on Lego toy sets for the last 50 years under a unique marketing agreement. But that’s breaking down under pressure from environmentalists.

Alaska’s Marijuana Legalization, Regulation Ballot Measure Similar To Washington State

Gabriel Spitzer, KPLU – Seattle

Alaska isn’t the only state considering whether to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. In the Pacific Northwest, Oregon also has the question on the ballot.

Some legalization advocates use Colorado’s pot law as an example. But, Alaska and Oregon’s ballot measures are more like Washington state’s law.

Alaska Federation of Natives Wraps Up Annual Convention

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage & Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – Juneau

The Alaska Federation of Natives wrapped up their annual convention with the usual process of amending and voting on resolutions. The resolutions process was similar to past conventions except for the notable difference this year of candidate endorsements.

AVCP Settles in Software Copyright Lawsuit

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

The Y-K Delta’s regional non-profit, the Association of Village Council presidents settled a lawsuit last month with a company that claimed AVCP had infringed copyright rules and misused trade secrets by providing unauthorized access to proprietary software.

Proposed Lease Expansion Threatens Fairbanks-Area Ski Area

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A proposed lease expansion could put an end to a popular Fairbanks ski area. Most of the trails at Mt. Aurora Skiland could fall victim to a mineral exploration project.