Alaska News Nightly: November 19, 2013

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Department, EPA Settle Over Outdated Wells

The Associated Press

Alaska’s transportation department has agreed to pay $332,000 for violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Anti-Pebble Group Gets Enough Signatures For Initiative

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

A group against the proposed Pebble Mine has secured enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot. The Division of Elections has been counting signatures for weeks, and Tuesday the Bristol Bay Forever initiative cleared the 30,000-mark needed to put their question to a vote. The initiative requires legislative approval of a large-scale mining project in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve.

Officials Discuss Tribal Authority In Law Enforcement

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

An agreement to allow tribal courts to have more law enforcement jurisdiction in rural Alaska may be right around the corner. It was discussed extensively today on the public radio call-in show “Talk of Alaska,” by Attorney General Michael Geraghty and the Chairman of a congressionally-mandated commission that just released a report calling on Alaska to do more to bring law enforcement to the bush.

Storm Weakened Tree Knocks Out Power In Fairbanks

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Another Fairbanks neighborhood lost power Tuesday morning after a tree fell on a transmission line. Electricity was restored in about 2 hours, but Golden Valley Electric spokeswoman Corrine Bradish says the tree is thought to have been weakened by last week’s wind storm, a problem she says that is expected to persist.

Begich Proposing More Insurance Options For ACA

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Senator Mark Begich is proposing a change to the Affordable Care Act that would make cheaper insurance options available.

Feds Pay Alaska $19 Million For Oil, Gas Development

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DC

The Department of Interior announced Tuesday it paid Alaska $19 million over the previous year for oil and gas development on federal land in the state.

Without KTUU, GCI Deal, Subscribers Deal With Alternate Programming

Tony Gorman, KCHU – Valdez

GCI and KTUU-TV have been negotiating a new deal to broadcast the NBC affiliate to rural communities.  Without a deal, subscribers in those areas will have to settle for something else as talks continue.

Report Says Inhalant Abuse Declining Across Alaska

Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome

A new report from the state shows a substantial decline in inhalant abuse across Alaska. But “huffing”, as it’s called, is still most prevalent among teens.

Dinner Raises $20,000 For Typhoon Relief

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

In Unalaska, residents braved chilly weather on Saturday for a home-cooked Filipino dinner – and a chance to support the local Fil-Am Association’s typhoon relief efforts.

Worl Says Shamanism Still Influential in Tlingit Culture

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

The Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska no longer practice shamanism, but elements of it still exist in their culture today. That’s according to Anthropologist and Sealaska Heritage Institute President Rosita Worl, who spoke Monday as part of SHI’s Native American History Month Lecture Series.