Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

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Lawmaker seeks audit of village public safety officers

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

A state lawmaker wants the Village Public Safety Officer program audited. He is concerned that the program isn’t spending money efficiently. While lawmakers weigh whether to proceed, program supporters say it plays an important public safety role in villages.

Seeking investment, Alaska goes open source with oil & gas data

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

Alaska’s Oil and Gas division is releasing valuable oil exploration data from leases on the North Slope and Cook Inlet.

GOP shakeup marks Alaska governor’s race

Associated Press

Two high-profile Republicans signaled their interest in the governor’s office on Tuesday, while another suspended his campaign.

3 die in shooting at Alaska precious metals shop

Associated Press

Three people are dead following a shooting at an Alaska shop that buys and sells precious metals.

Can an Anchorage start-up lure renewable energy investors to rural Alaska?

Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Most renewable energy projects in rural Alaska have been funded with state and federal grants. But as state money dries up, an Anchorage start-up wants to bring private investors to the table.

NTSB releases preliminary report of investigation into Juneau-area commuter flight accident

Abbey Collins, KHNS – Haines

Some new information is available about an August commuter flight accident in the Juneau area. The Haines-based pilot made an emergency water landing and he, along with four passengers, swam safely to shore. An investigation into the accident takes a close look at the aircraft’s fuel sources.

Proposed public intoxication ban fails in Nome

Associated Press

A proposed prohibition on intoxication in public places has failed in Nome, which has long grappled with hard drinking.

Ask a Climatologist: Summer sea ice minimum near record low again

Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Brettschneider says this year’s Arctic sea ice retreat won’t break the record set in 2012, but is not too far behind. He says it’s strikingly low compared to two decades ago.

Can a Southeast mine battle lead to a trade war?

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A Southeast Alaska tribal organization is using a trade-sanctions threat to push federal officials into providing stronger protections for regional fisheries.