Alaska News Nightly: March 26, 2013

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Report Offers Findings On Status Of Alaska Women

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

A report released Tuesday offers stark findings on the status of Alaskan women. Women in the state earn much less than their male counterparts, have been imprisoned at a higher rate during the last decade and are committing suicide at a rate twice as high as the rest of the United States.

Senator Lesil McGuire asked the non-partisan legislative research services to prepare the report last year. She says the biggest surprise for her in the data was how little women earn compared to men in Alaska.

Save Our Schools Rallies Support For Public School Funding

Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau

State House and Senate Democrats called a hearing titled “Save Our Schools” Monday at the capitol to bolster their fight for increased public school funding.

Reward Offered For Information In Deaths Of 2 Golden Eagles

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A reward is being offered for information in the death of two Golden Eagles, whose bodies were recently found near a hiking trail in Southcentral Alaska.   According to Bruce Woods, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the eagles, a female and an immature male, were discovered on top of a pile of bait meat and surrounded by snares.

Koniag Inc. Head Steps Down

Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak

There’s been a major shake-up at the top of Koniag Incorporated, the regional Native Corporation for the Kodiak Islands area. In a release Tuesday, it was announced that Will Anderson has agreed to step down as the president and chief executive officer, positions he has held for the past seven years.

No reason was given for the departure.

Tom Panamaroff will serve as interim president, while board chair Ron Unger will serve as interim CEO.

Write-In Moe Challenges Hall For Assembly Seat D

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

A write-in candidate is challenging Anchorage Assembly Chair Ernie Hall for a seat representing West Anchorage, in the upcoming municipal election — his name is Nick Moe.

Interactive Map Lays Out Alaska Earthquake Potential

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A new interactive map lays out the earthquake potential across Alaska.  The online map uses a color coded system to identify locations that have experienced earthquakes.

Japanese Students Visit Fairbanks On Cultural Exchange

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A school group from earthquake and tsunami ravaged cities in Japan visited Fairbanks over the weekend. The Japanese government sponsored cultural exchange includes 26 high school students and their teachers.

Seldovia Family To Hike Cook Inlet Coast

Aaron Selbig, KBBI – Homer

A Seldovia family that has made a habit of taking on long journeys around some of the wildest parts of Alaska is at it again. Later this month, they’ll be taking off from their yurt on the south side of Kachemak bay for an 800-mile walk along the entire coast of Cook Inlet.

New Public Art Piece Makes A Trip To The Ketchikan Public Library

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

The newest piece of art for the new Ketchikan Public Library building is an installation called “A Trip to the Library.” Artists Evon Zerbertz and Rich Stage were at the library after hours last weekend, working out the logistics of hanging the complex piece.