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White House Says Veto Likely on Young’s Fisheries Bill

The U.S. House this evening began debate on a bill by Alaska Congressman Don Young to renew the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the nation’s primary fishing law. Actually, lawmakers just debated how they’re going to debate the legislation. Meanwhile, the White House yesterday issued a policy statement criticizing Young’s bill, suggesting the president would veto it. 

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May 20, 2015

Diomede Graduation Speaker Found Dead at Community School

A young woman who traveled to the remote Bering Strait island community of Little Diomede to speak at the school’s graduation was found dead at the community school Tuesday morning.

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May 20, 2015
Neighbors Aim to Take Concerns Over Halfway House to Court in Juneau

Neighbors Aim to Take Concerns Over Halfway House to Court in Juneau

A Juneau neighborhood association is taking its fight against a transitional home for just-released female inmates to court, after exhausting all of its municipal appeal options.

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May 20, 2015

Salmon Run Leaves Juneau Stream 2 Weeks Early

There is a little creek in the Juneau area that biologists have been consistently counting fish and monitoring for the last 35 years. Last month, the peak of the usual exodus of outgoing pink fry was two weeks early.

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May 20, 2015
Dan Magone stands in the wheelhouse of the salvage vessel Redeemer. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)

M/V Redeemer Heads for Scuttling, After Decades of Salvage Work

A legendary Western Alaska salvage vessel has reached the end of its life. Salvager Dan Magone is getting ready to sink his old tugboat, the Redeemer. And it means he’s also getting ready for the next phase of his own storied career.

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May 20, 2015
‘Seeking the Source’ of Anchorage’s Trails and Their Community

‘Seeking the Source’ of Anchorage’s Trails and Their Community

People traveling on the Chester Creek Trail in midtown Anchorage this week might notice a group wandering about in Kelly green vests and sashes adorned with a distinctive merit badge. They aren’t overgrown Girl Scouts; they’re artists who are “Seeking the Source” of the trail and it’s role in the community.

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May 20, 2015

Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

White House Says A Veto Is Likely On Rep. Young’s Fisheries Bill; Research Identifies Massive Underwater Waves; El Nino Returns; Diomede Graduation Speaker Found Dead at Community School; Neighbors Aim to Take Concerns Over Halfway House to Court in Juneau; Salmon Run Leaves Juneau Stream 2 Weeks Early; M/V Redeemer Heads for Scuttling, After Decades of Salvage Work; ‘Seeking the Source’ of Anchorage’s Trails and Their Community

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May 20, 2015
Hyder-Stewart Border to Re-Open 24-Hour Access

Hyder-Stewart Border to Re-Open 24-Hour Access

The border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, soon will be open 24-hours a day.

May 20, 2015

NOAA Releases Cook Inlet Beluga Recovery Plan

NOAA Fisheries has a draft recovery plan to rebuild the population of Cook Inlet beluga whales. The end goal is to one day remove Belugas from the endangered species list.

May 20, 2015

El Nino Returns

The Ocean driven climate cycle El Nino is back. That means immediate weather changes along the Equator, and some effects as far north as Alaska.

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May 20, 2015

Research Sheds Light On Massive, Underwater, Deep Sea-Churning Waves

Anyone who has spent time on a beach can visualize rolling waves, breaking as they approach the shoreline. What most probably don’t realize, is the same thing happens out of sight, deep under the ocean surface – but on a massive scale.

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May 20, 2015
Maps Merge Data on Birds and Ships to Mitigate Oil Spills

Maps Merge Data on Birds and Ships to Mitigate Oil Spills

A local scientist and entrepreneur is leadinga mapping project to find out where potential oil spills could have the worst effects on seabirds.

May 20, 2015

Bethel settles out of court with Wassillie Gregory

Wassillie Gregory and the City of Bethel have settled out of court related to an incident in which the man was roughly arrested by a former Bethel police officer in the AC parking lot.

May 20, 2015
Murkowski, Cantwell Bill Pushes For Icebreakers

Murkowski, Cantwell Bill Pushes For Icebreakers

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell of Washington and Lisa Murkowski have introduced a bill that would allow the Coast Guard to build as many as six heavy icebreakers.

May 20, 2015

Charges dropped against former Boy Scouts’ store manager

Charges have been dropped against the former store manager for Alaska’s Boy Scouts, who was accused of stealing more than $27,000 from the organization.

May 20, 2015
Noorvik Man Faces Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault Charges in April Attack

Noorvik Man Faces Kidnapping, Attempted Sexual Assault Charges in April Attack

A Noorvik man faces charges of burglary, kidnapping, and attempted sexual assault after being charged with breaking into a neighbor’s home, attacking a woman walking by, and dragging her inside the house.

May 20, 2015

15-year-old arrested in assault of Anchorage bicyclist

Anchorage police have arrested a teenager in an assault that left a bicyclist with a skull fracture. Police say in a statement a 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday with assault charges referred against him.

May 20, 2015
Critics question Sealaska finances

Critics question Sealaska finances

Could Sealaska make more money, pay higher dividends and make better use of its land? Yes, say some shareholders critical of the Southeast regional Native corporation’s management.

May 20, 2015

Seattle protests influence John Kerry trade speech venue

Seattle officials told Secretary of State John Kerry he’d be better off avoiding the Emerald City to deliver a major trade speech because of ongoing protests over Arctic drilling that have drawn hundreds of activists on land and sea.

May 20, 2015

State calls for appeals against Vallenar Bay timber sale

Appeals for Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry decision to sell timber from the Vallenar Bay unit of the Southeast State Forest on Gravina Island are due by May 27.

May 20, 2015