Alaska News Nightly: October 9, 2013

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Public Weighs In On Potential New Indoor Tennis Courts

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

There are certain rules of decorum you need to follow if you’re going to go to an assembly meeting. You need to sign up if you want to speak. You need to keep your comments short. And you need to put away all sporting gear, as Anchorage Assembly Chair Ernie Hall reminded the audience last night.

Survey Says Nearly Half Of Mat-Su Women Experience Sexual Violence

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Almost half of the adult women in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have experienced some form of sexual violence at least once during their lifetime.  That’s the sad news to come out of a recent survey conducted by the UAA Justice Center and the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Alaska’s Supreme Court Justice Talks About Diversity On The Court

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The Alaska Supreme Court was in Barrow last week to hear a climate change lawsuit on the Barrow high school stage. Chief Justice Dana Fabe says it’s important for students to learn how their legal system works. The Chief Justice feels strongly that diversity on the bench helps communities have faith in the decisions judges make. In her chambers at the Boney courthouse in downtown Anchorage she spoke highly of her predecessor Jay Rabinowitz who believed all Alaskans should have equal access to the judicial system.

AIDEA Signs Agreement To Support Niblack Project

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

The owner of the Niblack mining project on Prince of Wales Island continues to explore the possibility of a minerals processing plant on Gravina Island near Ketchikan.

Study: Southeast’s ‘Blue Economy’ Growing

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – CoastAlaska

Southeast Alaska’s maritime economy provides more than a quarter of the wages paid in the region. That’s according to a new study published by the Southeast Conference.

New Downtown Fairbanks Sculpture In The Works

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A pair of Canadian sculptors selected to build a piece for downtown Fairbanks visited the community last week to preview officials and the public about the project. Their work is designed to represent and reflect the local environment.