Alaska News Nightly: December 6, 2013

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Lindsey Holmes Recall Application Rejected

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

The Division of Elections has rejected a petition calling for the recall of Representative Lindsey Holmes.

Representative Bob Herron Fined For Ethics Violation

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

Representative Bob Herron is being fined for ethics violations, dating back to when he was first elected to the Legislature in 2009.

Attorney General Questions Commission’s Public Safety Solutions

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

A national commission blames the state of Alaska for the epidemic of violence afflicting Alaska Natives, and has come up with a series of recommendations to strengthen tribal jurisdiction. The state Attorney General agrees there’s a public safety problem, but says the Commission’s solutions aren’t suited to Alaska.

UAA Tops Out New Engineering Building

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

The final piece of steel in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s new engineering building was put into place today. It marks the beginning of the end for a decade of vast expansion at the university.

Avian Cholera Caused Savoonga, Gambell Seabird Die Off

Zachariah Hughes, KNOM – Nome

Late last month, residents of St. Lawrence Island began finding hundreds of dead seabirds.  This week, state officials said the event was from a common disease, and is no cause for concern.

Powassan Virus On The Rise

Anna Rose MacArthur, KNOM – Nome

A deadly virus transmitted by ticks is on the rise, and researchers are studying its prevalence in Alaska. The Center for Disease Control recently published a study on the Powassan virus in the Western United States and Siberia.

Ambler Road Focus Of Anchorage Meeting

Laureli Kinneen, KNOM – Nome

The controversial Ambler Road was the focus of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group meeting in Anchorage on Thursday.

AK: Fortress of the Bear

Rachel Walholz, KCAW- Sitka

You may have heard of the Fortress of the Bear, in Sitka. The bear rescue center was founded in 2003, in a storm of controversy. Ten years later, it’s home to five brown bears and two new black bear cubs – and it has made some converts, including an influential local biologist.

300 Villages: Whale Pass

This week, we’re heading to Whale Pass, a small community on Prince of Wales Island. Bob Meyer lives in Whale Pass.