Alaska News Nightly: August 13, 2012

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Salazar Announces Obama Administration Plan For NPR-A

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

It looks like there will be not be a decision this week after all on Shell’s Arctic Ocean drilling plans. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spent the weekend in the Arctic. He did not return with a decision on Shell, but he did announce another decision involving oil and gas – the Obama Administration’s leasing plans for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.

Scientists Expect to Find New Species During First Chukchi Sea Trawl Survey

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

The first comprehensive survey of the Chukchi Sea ecosystem got underway last week. Scientists will spend the next month collecting samples and cataloguing life in the northern waters. KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce stopped by one of the research vessels as it was getting ready to leave Unalaska.

Long-Time Rural Supporter, Advocate Al Adams Passes Away

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Former state Senator Al Adams Senior passed away this morning in Anchorage after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Adams was known for his tireless support and advocacy for rural and Alaska Native issues.

Icicle Seafoods Will Pay Fine Over Refrigerant Leaks

Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg

Icicle Seafoods has agreed to pay a fine over refrigerant leaks at some of the company’s seafood processing vessels and plants.

Following in the Footsteps of Ricketts and Calvin

Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – Sitka

Nearly 80 years ago, the tide pools around Sitka inspired a pair of naturalists – Ed Ricketts and Jack Calvin – who went on to transform the way we think about marine biology. Last week, a new set of researchers arrived in the community to explore the same beaches, and remind Sitka of its place in the history of science.

Chuathbaluk Youths Build Relationships At Summer Camp

Mark Arehart, KYUK – Bethel

Kids in Chuathbaluk on the Middle Kuskokwim recently got together for a three week long summer camp full of team building and swimming in the chilly late summer waters.

‘Bettles Bush Bash’ Hosts Alaska Musicians, Banks

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The tiny community of Bettles on the Koyukuk River, just south of the Brooks Range, may have become Alaska’s farthest north concert venue over the weekend.  A handful of musicians and two Alaska bands flew north of the Arctic Circle for the First Bettles Bush Bash.