Alaska News Nightly: September 12, 2013

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DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan Resigns

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan is stepping down from his post amid talk that he’s planning a run for U.S. Senate. Republicans see incumbent Mark Begich’s seat as one of the keys to taking control of Congress, and the race is already getting heated.

AVTEC To Offer Nation’s First Ice Navigation Course

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorag

Recent federal and state focus on Alaska’s role in Arctic Ocean shipping has raised concerns over regulations, safety and oil spill response, among other issues.  But, one teaching institution in our state is already dealing with the most basic question: who’s going to be driving the boats? Seward’s Alaska Vocational Technical Center plans to start the nation’s first ice navigation training course next spring.

Dena’ina Exhibit Opens At Anchorage Museum

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Step into a remote fish camp. Listen to a Dena’ina love song composed in 1915. Those are a couple of the experiences Anchorage Museum visitors can expect when they tour the first comprehensive exhibit bringing together the language, history and artifacts of the original inhabitants of Southcentral Alaska, the Dena’ina Athabascans. It opens Sunday at the Anchorage Museum.

Why ‘Alaska’ Means Milk And Basketball To Many Filipinos

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau

Less than 1 percent of Alaska’s exports in 2012 ended up in the Philippines. But according to the island nation’s first honorary consul to Alaska, new connections are being forged that could help build a market for Alaska seafood – and even liquefied natural gas.

Fairbanks Resolution Could Keep EPA From Revoking Permits

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will consider a resolution Thursday that could prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from retroactively revoking permits within the Borough. Resolution sponsors are responding to the EPA’s decision this spring to revoke a permit for a controversial coal mining project in West Virginia.

Photo Collection Sheds Light On Denali Explorer Belmore Brown

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A collection of photographs by turn of century Denali explorer Belmore Brown is on display in Fairbanks.

Denali Gets A Height Reduction From USGS

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

The news announcement yesterday that Denali is 83 feet shorter than previously believed came as a surprise to many Alaskans. You can count Talkeetna residents in that group, where the mountain’s new height has a practical impact for the many people and businesses who depend on it.

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