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Alaska News Nightly: October 15, 2014

Alaska National Guard Fraud Investigation Begins; Appeals Court Halts Gay Marriages In Alaska; Fairbanks Air Quality Regulation Now In Local Lawmakers’ Control; Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Interior Issues; Sullivan Raises More Than Begich In Latest Quarter ; Late Journalist Honored By Fishermen’s Group; Bering Sea Crab Fleet Hopes For Big Haul As Season Begins; American Seafoods Settles Over Scale Tampering; Cost, Avalanche Danger High On Juneau Access Opponents’ Concerns; Great Alaska Shakeout Preps Alaskans For Future Quakes; Calista Prepares For Shareholder Vote On Enrolling Descendants; Y-K Delta Residents: How Will Donlin Gas Pipeline Benefit Us?

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October 15, 2014

Judge Allows Gay Marriages To Continue In Alaska

A federal court judge has denied a request from the state of Alaska to put gay marriages on hold until an appeal is heard.

October 14, 2014

Feds Seek Dismissal of King Cove Lawsuit

Arguments have been scheduled on the federal government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit over the Interior Department’s refusal to allow for a road from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

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October 14, 2014
Clear-cuts and old-growth forests are part of the view of Indian Valley on Prince of Wales Island. The Forest Service just announced three more timber sales in the Island’s Big Thorne area. (Creative Commons photo by Nick Bonzey)

More Big Thorne Timber Sales Announced

The Forest Service plans three more timber sales in a part of Prince of Wales Island conservationists say needs to be protected. They’re much smaller than a recent sale in the same area.

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October 14, 2014

Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit

A coalition of environmental organizations are criticizing the state for issuing a coal mining permit for a site near Palmer.

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October 14, 2014

Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage

As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance.

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October 14, 2014

Fish & Game Releases Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Salmon Fishing Summary

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its summary report for the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season. Continued low king salmon numbers and new management tools were at the heart of this year’s fishing.

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October 14, 2014

UAF Vice Chancellor Visits Bristol Bay Campus

The man who oversees all of the rural campuses of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been touring those campuses since being appointed to the job back in July. Evon Peter visited the Bristol Bay Campus last week.

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October 14, 2014

Juneau Non-Profit Bridges Spanish Language Gap

About 5 percent of Juneau’s population identifies as Hispanic. Some are non-English speaking immigrants who need help translating official documents or government forms. Others require assistance navigating the Alaska Court System. A national nonprofit that started a Juneau branch last year now offers Spanish translation and interpretation services in Juneau. Piedra de Ayuda, or A Helping Rock, began as a homeless outreach program on the East Coast.

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October 14, 2014
Two people stand on the ice with their testing sticks, hooks visible at the top. The hook could be used to grab onto an article of clothing if someone fell into the water. (Photo courtesy of Gay Sheffield)

Arctic Native Ice Testing Stick Will Be Used On National Research Vessel

Conducting research at sea in Arctic, ice-filled conditions is a tricky endeavor, requiring a host of high-tech gear. But, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ new, ice-capable research vessel Sikuliaq, at least one piece of equipment dates back generations.

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October 14, 2014

Alaska News Nightly: October 14, 2014

Judge Denies Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Decision; Feds Seek Dismissal of King Cove Lawsuit; More Big Thorne Timber Sales Announced; Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit; Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage; Fish & Game Releases Commercial Salmon Fishing Summary; UAF Vice Chancellor Visits Bristol Bay Campus; Juneau Non-Profit Bridges Spanish Language Gap; Arctic Native Ice Testing Stick Will Be Used On National Research Vessel

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October 14, 2014

Old Federal Building trees avoid the chopping block

Two large spruce trees in front of the Old Federal Building in downtown Anchorage will not be cut down. The General Services Administration, which looks after the site, had planned to remove the more than 50-year-old trees.

October 14, 2014
Lamb and Pearson applying to marry. Hillman/KSKA

Same-sex couples apply for marriage licenses, State asks for a stay

After a federal judge decided Sunday that Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, the State of Alaska started accepting applications for gay marriages this morning. But the state’s Attorney General is asking for a stay on that legal decision, which would put a hold on actually issuing any licenses.

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October 13, 2014

Bureau of Vital Statistics Prepares New Marriage License Documents

With same-sex couples applying for marriage licenses across the state, the office that processes those documents made sure new applications were ready to go Monday morning.

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October 13, 2014

Report Details Rural Health Care Challenges

A new report details the challenges involved in providing health care to rural communities in Alaska.

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October 13, 2014

Groups Push To Mobilize Alaska Native Voters

Over the last few months, the non-partisan ‘Get Out the Native Vote’ has made a big push to mobilize native voters across the Alaska. Roughly one in five potential voters in the state is Alaska Native. A number of native organizations have signed on to help with the movement.

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October 13, 2014

Protesters Block Access To BC Mine As It Nears Completion

A nearly-completed British Columbia mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to begin full production at the end of this month. Meanwhile, protesters blocking access to the controversial Red Chris mine may be forced out Tuesday.

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October 13, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off Over Medicaid Expansion

When Alaskans vote for governor on Nov. 4, they’ll also be deciding the fate of Medicaid expansion in the state. Incumbent Governor Sean Parnell has said he won’t expand the federal health insurance program under the Affordable Care Act. But his opponent, Independent candidate Bill Walker says if elected, he will immediately accept the federal money.

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October 13, 2014
Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel

Sen. Murkowski, Julie Fate Sullivan Bring Senate Campaign To Bethel

Just weeks before the November election, the Sullivan campaign has come to Bethel.

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October 13, 2014

Judge Sides With Anchorage In Ride-Sharing Lawsuit

A state court judge says ride-sharing company Uber cannot offer transportation for hire in Alaska’s largest city unless it complies with a local ordinance.

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October 13, 2014