Alaska News Nightly: October 12, 2012

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State Supreme Court Says Business Emails On Private Accounts Are Public Records

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

State employees can’t use private e-mail accounts to hide their work communication from public record laws. The State Supreme Court issued a decision on the matter Friday that largely affirms an earlier Superior Court Ruling. The case dates back to the Sarah Palin Administration and addresses the tricky question of whether the state records law is keeping up with communication technology.

Attuans Remember Japanese Occupation During WWII

Stephanie Jocye, KUCB – Unalaska

During World War II, the Japanese occupied the Aleutian island of Attu, and shipped its residents off to prisoner of war camps. The village was never resettled and for decades, it was all but forgotten. This week, the surviving Attuans and those descended from the village gathered in Anchorage.

Mail Dispute Keeps Akutan Airport Idle

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

A month after opening, Akutan’s new, $77 million runway still doesn’t have scheduled air service.

Fairbanks Ordinance Creates Interior Alaska Natural Gas Distribution Utility

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks North Star Borough passed an ordinance Thursday night that creates the Interior Alaska Natural Gas Distribution Utility.  Proponents hope it will bring natural gas to Fairbanks in a cheap and expedited manner, but approval didn’t come without a last minute curveball.

Alaskan Contingent To Attend Launching Of Arctic Research Vessel

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A large contingent of Alaskans is in Wisconsin to attend Saturday’s launch of a new Arctic research vessel that will be home ported in Alaska. The 261 foot ship is called the Sikuliak, the Inupiaq word for young sea ice. It’s owned by the National Science Foundation and will be operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

AK: Plant Rehab

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Devil’s club is probably best known as a plant to avoid at all costs. But several small Southeast Alaska companies have a different take. They’re turning the roots, stems and bark of the plant into rubs and salves to treat sore muscles and diaper rash. Sitka is the center of a growing industry.

300 Villages: Hope

This week we’re headed to the small community of Hope, 15 miles off the Seward Highway on Turnagain Arm. Susan Anderson started the library in Hope.

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