Alaska News Nightly: December 7, 2010

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‘Golden Seas’ Anchors in Broad Bay
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Coast Guard is reporting that the bulk carrier Golden Seas successfully anchored in Broad Bay in Dutch Harbor early Tuesday afternoon after the tug Tor Viking II towed it more than 500 miles along the Aleutian Islands through seas of more than 20 feet at times.

The Golden Seas will remain at anchor in Dutch Harbor while repairs are made.  The Coast Guard will monitor repair work to ensure the vessel and its engine is safe for the continued voyage.

Troopers, US Marshals Sweep Through Bethel Region, Arrest 74
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
U.S. Marshals assisting Alaska State Troopers conducted a six-day sweep in the Bethel region. The sweep ended Monday and included 74 arrests in 13 villages. They’re calling it the Village Crime and Community Orientated Policing Program. And it has been so successful that it might be established in other areas of the state.

Student Ethnic and Racial Diversity Continues to Grow in Anchorage School District
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
The minorities have increased their “majority” percentage in Anchorage Schools.  The district’s annual Ethnicity Report shows only 47 percent of its students describe themselves as white.

State’s Smallest Refuge Celebrates Birthday
Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB – Unalaska
Tuesday, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — Alaska’s largest – hit its 50th anniversary.  But it was also the birthday of the state’s smallest refuge, Izembek.   KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez traveled to Cold Bay for the celebration.

Wrangell High School Offers Support Following Student’s Suicide
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Wrangell High School continues to offer support services following a student’s recent suicide. The tragedy is bringing renewed calls for awareness of the issue around Southeast Alaska.

Rural Suicide Rate Shows Disturbing Trend
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage
The rate of suicide in Alaska’s rural villages is skyrocketing.  Latest figures indicate that the state’s suicide rate is more than twice the national average, with a disturbing trend upward during the last part of the decade.  Now a new state report pinpoints some underlying causes for the escalating rates.

Parnell Honors Pearl Harbor Day
Associated Press
Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered all state flags lowered to half-staff to mark Pearl Harbor Day.

He says Tuesday’s lowering of flags is to honor those who fought in World War II. He says the bombing of Pearl Harbor is a moment in history that will never be forgotten.

All U.S. flags at federal, state and public buildings are also to be lowered.

Flags will return to full-staff Wednesday.

Commercial Fishermen Express Dismay With Proposed Cuts to Halibut Catch
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
Commercial fishermen expressed shock and dismay at the magnitude of the cuts proposed last week for the halibut catch in Southeast Alaska.  KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein reports on some of the reaction from the industry.

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