Alaska News Nightly: October 11, 2012

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Dowling Remains Identified, APD Continues Investigation

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The Alaska State Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the deceased woman found in South Anchorage on Wednesday as 24-year-old Michelle Felber. Anchorage Police Department Spokesman Lieutenant Dave Parker says the Anchorage resident was reported missing by family members Monday, October 8th. But the family had not seen Felber for at least two months. The body was discovered by a man walking through a wooded area just north of the intersection of Dowling Road and Quinhagak Street Wednesday. No cause or manner of death has been released by the medical examiner’s office. APD Homicide Unit detectives are continuing their investigation.

Another Body Found In Anchorage, Second in Week

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

The remains of another deceased female have been found in the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage. Police Department Spokesman Lieutenant Dave Parker says the woman’s body was found by passersby around 1:30 Thursday afternoon near the Mountain View Community Church. The body will be sent to the medical examiner’s office for identification. This is the second body found outdoors this week. Police are not making a connection between the two investigations.

Begich Working To Understand Lessons From Arctic Drilling Season

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Shell still has drill rigs working in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. But Senator Mark Begich got an early start in Anchorage on Thursday trying to understand the lessons learned from the first season of Arctic drilling in more than two decades. At a Congressional field hearing, Federal agencies, local community representatives and Shell all weighed in on what went right in the Arctic this summer and what went wrong.

Organizations Attempt To Start Dialogue Around Homer Sexual Assault Incident

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

The community of Homer is still reeling from an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a teen drinking party last month. Several organizations in Homer have attempted to spur a community dialogue around the incident.

Experts Think Foreclosure Crisis Bottoming Out

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

September saw the fewest foreclosures nationwide in five years. Alaska continued its downward trend as well. Some real-estate experts think the foreclosure crisis is bottoming out.

GVE Agrees To Stricter Pollution Controls For Healy Coal Plant

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Golden Valley Electric Association has agreed to stricter pollution controls for the Healy Clean Coal Plant under an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency.  The utility has battled with environmental groups over proposed re-start of the long idled 300 million dollar plant.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the agreement is the result of direct negotiation with the federal government.

Individual Property Owners Not Included In State’s Flood Damage Estimate

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

State homeland security officials estimate that the cost of recent flooding in Alaska has topped $13 million. That includes damage to state and Borough infrastructure from Seward to Nenana, but does not include ruined individually-owned property. In the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, many residents are still coming to grips with how much the flood will cost them.

Officials Investigate Remains Found Near Wrangell

Ariel Van Cleave, KSTK – Wrangell

State and federal officials are investigating the skull found near Wrangell last weekend during a fishing trip.