Alaska News Nightly: June 14, 2013

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Marijuana Initiative Gets Closer To Ballot

An initiative to set up a legal market for marijuana has cleared a hurdle for getting on the ballot. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell certified that the initiative language conformed with Alaska statute this afternoon, just one day short of his deadline. That means initiative sponsors can start circulating petitions to show that a sufficient number of Alaskans want to vote on the issue.

Rabbit Creek Receding After Wrecking Bridge

Anchorage’s Rabbit Creek flooded this morning. Water flowed over a bridge and downed logs caused excess water to spill onto lawns and yards. The water caused major damage to a road and a bridge in the area.

Hot Weather Increases Fire Danger

A forecast heat wave has wildfire officials on alert. State fire information officer Sarah Sarloos says the conditions coming together could spell trouble.

Senators Urge Caution On Pebble Mine, Partnership Says Fishing On Decline

Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively is in Washington, D.C. this week lobbying Congress – which has no authority over whether the mine proceeds. The EPA could veto the mine outright if it deems the project too damaging to the region’s watersheds.

Preliminary Report Out For Fatal Float Plane Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on last week’s fatal crash of a floatplane near Petersburg. The report summarizes the circumstances in the June 4th accident but does not yet include a probable cause for that fatal crash.

An Unnamed Woman Becomes Sick With Botulism In Southwest Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services confirms that a woman from an unnamed Southwest Alaska village has been hospitalized with symptoms of botulism.

Rural Providers Conference Wraps Up In Fairbanks

An annual gathering of Alaska Native people focused on healing, sobriety and other health objectives wrapped up in Fairbanks this morning with a traditional staking ceremony.

Galena Flood Damage Reroutes Yukon 800

The annual Yukon 800 boat race will be a little longer this year. The course for the power boat marathon on the Yukon, Tanana and Chena rivers, between Fairbanks and Galena and back, will be extended all the way to Kaltag, due to flood damage at the normal halfway layover point.

AK: Studying Sea Ice

Everyone’s heard about the rapidly retreating sea ice in the Arctic. But if you’re a scientist, how do you actually study what is happening out on a frozen, moving ice cover?

300 Villages: Sand Point

This week, we head to Sand Point, a fishing community of about 1,000 people and the seat of the Aleutians East Borough. It’s also in view of the Pavlof volcano, one of the most active in Alaska. Tiffany Jackson is executive director of the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe in Sand Point.