Alaska News Nightly: September 7, 2012

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Parnell Declares Disaster in Kivalina

The Associated Press

Governor Sean Parnell has issued a disaster declaration for Kivalina, a community within Northwest Arctic Borough. The declaration makes funds available to pay for expenses associated with emergency protective measures and immediate efforts to refill the community’s water holding tanks.

Last month’s heavy rainfall in Kivalina resulted in record flows on the Wulik River, which washed away several sections of the surface water piping and prevented the City of Kivalina from filling the city’s raw water tank.

New Energy Information Available for Communities

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau

Alaskans now can look at what is believed to be every substantial energy source in the state.

Budget Cuts Leave Oil and Gas In Dark

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The Office of Management and Budget is keeping federal agencies in the dark for another week. OMB failed to issue a plan Friday guiding virtually every department of the government on just how they should go about cutting their budgets. The report won’t come until “late next week.”

2,400 Remain Without Power After Storm

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

About 400 customers in East Anchorage are still without power, according to Municipal Light and Power spokesperson Ronnie Dent.  Dent said Friday morning, that additional residences without electricity were located late Thursday evening, many of them in apartments.

Officials Assess Storm Clean Up Costs

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Anchorage city officials are not saying yet just how much the cleanup is costing the municipality after Tuesday’s storm or if the Muni will request emergency status from the state.  Dawn Brantley is emergency program manager for the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management.

The city is still assessing the cost of damage in the aftermath of the storm.

New Plan Surfaces To Get Natural Gas To Fairbanks

Dave Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

There’s another plan to get natural gas to Fairbanks. It’s one of several in play aimed at reducing Fairbanks dependence on high cost oil, and air polluting wood and coal.

ASAP Project Undaunted By Competing Gas Line Plans

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline or ASAP project officials are not daunted by competing gas line plans, nor reports of increased Cook Inlet gas resources, according to Dan Fauske, President of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, and ASAP’s chief officer.

VA To Hold First Southeast ‘Stand Down’ Event In Juneau

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding its first ever “Stand Down” outreach event in Southeast Alaska, Friday and Saturday at Juneau’s Centennial Hall.

AK: Ghost Town

Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB – Unalaska

Until the late Nineties, Adak was a bustling military base. It had a bowling alley, a movie theatre, and housing for thousands. Now, with the Navy gone, the Aleutian town sits mostly empty. There’s a chance Arctic drilling could turn it into a boom town, but right now, the place feels like a collection of modern ruins. KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez traveled Adak to find out what it’s like to live among them.

300 Villages: King Salmon & Naknek

Today for 300 villages we’re heading to King Salmon and Naknek, communities separated by a 16 mile road. The communities are at the start of the Alaska Peninsula and a gateway to Katmai National Park.

Trishta Blizzard works for the chamber of commerce in King Salmon.