Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 3, 2015

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Wade Hampton Census Area Gets A New Name

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

The western Alaska census district named for a confederate slave owner and
Civil War general has a new name.

Coast Guard Cutter Sherman Returns To Port To Address Engine Trouble

Emily Schwing, KUCB – Unalaska

The cutter and its crew were forced to turn back from a regular patrol in the Bering Sea when one of the ship’s diesel engines malfunctioned.

Computers Aid Firefighting Efforts

Tim Bodony, KIYU – Galena

The wildfires around Nulato and Ruby on the Yukon River have been burning slowly but steadily this week.  A special crew of fire managers is overseeing the response to these fires from a base at the Galena Airport.

State Fish And Game Officials Warn Of ‘Rabbit Fever’ Outbreak

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials sent out a warning after a North Pole man was sickened by tularemia, a bacterial infection known as “rabbit fever.”

Associated Press

Haines Assembly Approves Lower Cruise Ship Moorage Fees

Haines has some of the lowest cruise ship moorage rates in Southeast Alaska. The borough assembly approved further lowering those fees for three summers.

Emily Files, KHNS – Haines

UAF Addresses Water Quality Concerns

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has taken action to address campus water quality, after testing this spring revealed an issue.

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

AK: Seward’s Mount Marathon Race Hits The Century Mark

Seward’s Mt. Marathon race, which takes place July 4th turns one hundred years old this year.

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

 

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 18 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications with veteran Alaskan broadcasters Nellie Moore, D’Anne Hamilton, Len Anderson, Sharon McConnell and Veronica Iya. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori