Alaska News Nightly: November 11, 2013

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Western Alaska Communities Weather Storm

Laureli Kinneen, KNOM – Nome

A storm that brought high winds, high water and high surf caused flooding to communities along the coast of Western Alaska this weekend. At least two communities have made disaster declarations.

Alaska’s Filipino Community Plans Relief Efforts For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau & Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Alaska’s Filipino community is pulling together to help the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the country early Friday morning.

GCI, KTUU Broadcast Agreement Expires

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

After months of negotiations, KTUU-TV and GCI were unable to reach an agreement by their midnight deadline on Friday to keep KTUU’s programming available on cable in the more rural-areas of the state.

State Offers Free Flu Vaccinations

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

The administrative fee for vaccines through the state’s public health system is being waived in an effort to get more low income people protected from flu this season.

‘Big Blue’ Fire Truck Departs Unalaska For St. George

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

A big blue fire truck is on its way from Unalaska to the Pribilof island of St. George. The truck has been ready to go for almost a year, but until now, the two communities had no way to move it.

Alaska Athletes Prepare For Olympic Journey

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

Over the weekend, Alaskans had their last chance to say goodbye to the state’s Olympians – and prospective Olympians – before they start their seasons and eventually head to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Games.

Fairbanks Speed Skater Vies For Olympic Spot

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Cross country skiing isn’t the only sport Alaskans targeting the Sochi Winter Olympics compete in. A Fairbanks man is vying for a spot on the U.S. speed skating team.

Honoring Alaska’s Unique Veterans

Dave Waldron, APRN – Anchorage

Many of us will be watching ceremonies or attending celebrations this Veterans Day, but one Alaskan has dedicated her retirement to honoring our state’s military.

Commentary: Remembering America’s Veterans

Rex Gray, APRN Contributor

It’s easy to let Veterans Day pass without thinking about the holiday’s meaning. But Vietnam Vet and retiring pilot Rex Gray has been reflecting on what the day means to him.