Alaska News Nightly: December 23, 2011

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Bill Proposed to Protect Seniors’ Finances
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

A proposed bill awaiting the next legislative session seeks to increase the protection over the finances of Alaska’s seniors–especially from their relatives and caregivers.

Bristol Bay Seafood Processing Sector Continues Consolidation
Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The consolidation of the seafood processing sector in Bristol Bay took another step forward this week.

Trooper Investigating Savoonga Man’s Death
Ben Matheson, KNOM – Nome

A State Trooper was in Gambell on Wednesday to investigate the death of a 34-year-old Savoonga man— Stanley Rookok, who had gone missing last week while on a short trip to get water.  Trooper Stroebel  says Rookok’s body was found Wednesday about 3 miles southeast of Gambell.  His ATV was stuck and he had not made it to the spring.  Stroebel says the conditions at that time he disappeared were bad and getting worse. Searchers from Savoonga and Gambell were out in the storm, looking for Rookok who was reportedly not dressed for an extended time outdoors. There will not be an autopsy. His family is transporting the body back to Savoonga for burial.

Coast Guard Cutter Returns to San Diego
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

After three months on patrol in Alaska’s Bering Sea, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman sailed into the home port of San Diego Thursday morning, delivering on the promise of being home for Christmas.  KTOO has been following the Sherman’s patrol since September, when the high-endurance cutter stopped in Juneau on her way north.

Winter in Alaska: Perfect for Ice Fishing
Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

Ice fishing is a time-honored winter sport on the Kenai Peninsula – a way to have some fun outdoors and put some fresh fish on the table.

“Muktukmas” Celebrates Sharing, Caring and Food!
Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Forget Wassail,  Kris Kringle,  Yule Logs and kisses under the mistletoe.  This year, we have “Muktukmas “, a brand new holiday celebration that embraces the ideals of sharing, kindness and lots of food.

AK: Getting Ready for Christmas
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

We dug into the archives for this story about a Christmas play in Aniak. The village doesn’t have a mall, a movie theater or even a sit down restaurant. But in December a few years ago, there was no shortage of entertainment in the community. Most of the town packed into the high school gym for the show.

300 Villages: North Pole
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Where else would be go right before Christmas but North Pole? The interior community really gets into the spirit of the season. We talk with Kathy Weber, city clerk in North Pole.

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