Alaska News Nightly: September 6, 2013

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Sea Ice Changes Begin Affecting Vegetation On Land

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

The arctic sea ice has been surprising scientists for the last six years. It set a new record for melting back during the International Polar Year in 2007.   Last year it beat that record. But at the same time the seasonal ice in the Bering Sea has been increasing – also to a record last winter. Whatever is driving these changes is also beginning to affect the vegetation on land.

Magone Sells Renowned Marine Salvage Business

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

After 40 years in western Alaska, salvager Dan Magone is selling his namesake diving and marine rescue business. But, Magone will still be there to help when disaster strikes.

Pilot, Researchers Stranded Near Mt. Mageik

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

A helicopter, its pilot, and two researchers are still stuck near the top of 7,100-foot Mount Mageik in Katmai National Park and Preserve. They’ve been there since Wednesday evening.

Rain Hammers Valdez, Cordova

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Winds will not be significant for Southcentral Alaska this weekend, but rain is hammering the Valdez and Cordova area.

Carnival Cruise Ships Installing Air Pollution ‘Scrubbers’

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The world’s largest cruise corporation will soon install new pollution-control equipment on 32 of its ships. Carnival, Princess and Holland-America vessels sailing Alaska waters are likely to be among those getting the gear.

Juneau Clinic For Homeless, Low-Income Residents Open Through April

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

The clinic for Juneau’s homeless and low-income residents will stay open at least through April 30 thanks to the fundraising efforts of local community members and organizations.

SAFV Tackles Domestic Violence Crisis With Community Training

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

The domestic violence shelter in Sitka is stepping up its community training program following the release of new survey data last year.

SAFV, or Sitkans Against Family Violence, has routinely offered volunteer advocate training, but now the organization is hoping to involve more of the community in how to recognize – and address – Sitka’s incredibly high rate of intimate partner violence.

AK: Preservation

Erik Neumann, KCAW – Sitka

In June, the Keku Cannery in Kake was named one of the 11 most endangered historic places in the country by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The building is an artifact of Alaska’s salmon canning industry and it’s a reminder of the different people that worked there.

300 Villages: Nelson Lagoon

This week, we’re heading to Nelson Lagoon, a tiny fishing community on the Bering Sea side of the Alaska Peninsula. Justine Gundersen is the administrator for the Nelson Lagoon Tribal Council.