Alaska News Nightly: November 12, 2013

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Group Says State Taking Wrong Approach For Lowering Crime Rates

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

The bi-partisan Indian Law and Order Commission issued a report on Tuesday saying Alaska is on the wrong track to help Alaska Natives fight crime, but the state Attorney General says the Parnell Administration is doing a good job at tackling a mammoth problem.

Commercial Fishermen Push Back On Proposed Setnet Ban

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Commercial fishing groups are pushing back against a proposed ballot initiative that would ban a sector of their industry.

Groups Seek Decision On Southeast Alaska Wolves

The Associated Press

Two environmental groups want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide whether a strain of gray wolves on Prince of Wales Island should be considered for an endangered species listing, a decision that could affect future logging.

Hultberg Resigning As Administration Commissioner

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Governor Sean Parnell’s cabinet continues to experience turnover.

Bartlett’s Interim CEO Wants To Build Culture Of Trust, Communication

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Jeff Egbert is the interim CEO at Juneau’s Bartlett Regional Hospital. He wants to create a culture of open communication with hospital staff and stability, something the hospital hasn’t had for a while.

Sea Otter Hunts Increase In Southeast Alaska

Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg

Southeast Alaska and the state as a whole has seen an apparent upswing in sea otter hunting in recent years. That’s according to numbers compiled by the US Fish and Wildlife Service which says this year will yield the biggest reported harvest on record for the marine mammals, which can only be hunted by Alaska Natives from coastal communities.

Test Results In For Charcoal Tree

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

We recently had a story of an ancient, charcoal tree found beneath a pile of ash near Sitka. Scientists hoped tests would help them better understand the area’s rich volcanic history and the results are in.

Life In Antarctica’s Icy Waters

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

Jumping into the icy waters off the coast of Antarctica isn’t for everyone. But it is for open water swimmer, Lynne Cox. Cox was in Fairbanks recently to talk about her career.