Alaska News Nightly: November 1, 2013

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F/V Arctic Hunter Runs Aground Near Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal & Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

A fishing vessel ran aground outside Unalaska early this morning. The Arctic Hunter, a 93-foot crab boat, was leaving town to start a fishing trip when it wrecked around 3:45 a.m.

Murkowski, Young Criticize Shared Beringian Heritage Program Plan’s Transparency

Laureli Kinneen, KNOM – Nome

The idea of a shared park between Russia and the United States has – in recent years – been discussed in levels as high as the White House.  The National Park Service on Monday released the most recent draft of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries. The release has drawn criticism from Alaska’s senior leaders in DC.

Murkowski Meets With FEMA About Galena Flooding Response

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

Senator Lisa Murkowski met this week with federal officials investigating FEMA’s response to this year’s flooding in Galena.

Crews Clear Huge Alaska Landslide From Road

The Associated Press

Crews at Denali National Park in Alaska have cleared a landslide from a road that is a major tourist destination each summer.

Anchorage Has Warmest October In Nearly A Century

The Associated Press

Anchorage just experienced its warmest October in nearly a century, while Fairbanks had its third-warmest October on record.

Calista Board Sanctions 6 Board Members For Ethics Violations

Ben Matheson, KNOM – Nome

The board for the Calista regional native corporation is asking for 3 members to step down for ethics violations.  The board is publicly censuring 3 current directors and 3 past directors for breaking the ethics policy.  The infractions include improperly spending per diem funds and falsifying meeting minutes.

Milken Family Foundation Surprises Juneau Principal With $25,000 Award

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School principal Molly Yerkes has been honored with the national Milken Family Foundation Educator Award. This year up to 40 educators will be presented with Milken awards; Yerkes is the only one in Alaska.

Can Logging Switch To Second-Growth Sooner?

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Can Southeast’s timber industry survive while only logging second-growth forests? An Oregon research group says it can. And it could happen sooner than many expect.

AK: Road Trip

Ariel Van Cleave, KBBI – Homer

There aren’t many highways suitable for road-tripping in Alaska. But the ones the state does have are dotted with plenty of interesting road-side attractions.

300 Villages: Tyonek

This week, we’re heading to Tyonek, an Athabascan community on Cook Inlet across from Anchorage. Pauline Standifer works for the Native Village of Tyonek.

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