Alaska News Nightly: May 20, 2013

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Coast Guard Begins Kulluk Hearing

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard began a week-long probe of the grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk last New Year’s Day on an island south of Kodiak.  The rig was being towed to Seattle when it broke loose in bad weather and ended up going aground.  APRN’s Steve Heimel was at the hearing today at the Anchorage Assembly chambers.

Circle Residents Clean Up After Flooding

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Residents of Circle are cleaning up after an ice jam on the Yukon River caused extensive flooding in the community on Sunday.

Fishermen Found Guilty, Although Court Agrees Subsistence Salmon Fishing Is Religious

Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel

The Kuskokwim fishermen trial resumed Monday in Bethel. Last June, about 50 fishermen were cited for illegal salmon fishing. Half of them pleaded not guilty and have been fighting it in court ever since.

Pavlof Ash Falls On Sand Point

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

Pavlof Volcano continued to erupt over the weekend, spitting a plume of ash that reached 22,000 feet into the sky.

State Proposes $50 Million For ANWR Development

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

Governor Sean Parnell says he’s willing to ask the state legislature for fifty million dollars in next year’s budget to discover the true volume of oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

Joe Miller Ordered To Pay $85,000 In Alaska Dispatch Legal Fees

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

Former Republican U.S. Senate nominee Joe Miller has not yet said if he will appeal an award of court costs to an internet news organization that sued to get his personnel records in 2010.

Ketchikan Breaks World Rainboot Race Record

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

Nearly 2,000 people turned out in Ketchikan Saturday afternoon to break to Guinness World Record for the largest rainboot race.

Alaska Cultural Connections: Cross Cultural Communication

Anne Hillman, APRN Contributor

Nuiqsut is both one of the newest communities on the North Slope and one of the oldest. The area was inhabited for centuries by the Iñupiat, and then abandoned for Barrow.

In 1973 former community members decided to resettle the area and build a village far from the bustle of the regional hub. But just 25 years later, the bustle came to them in the form of Alpine Oil field.

For our series on culture in Alaska, APRN contributor Anne Hillman found out how the oil company and the community have learned to communicate with one another.

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