Alaska News Nightly: December 18, 2013

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Coast Guard Crew Member After Injury During November Rescue

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

A Coast Guard petty officer has died after being injured during a rescue in the Eastern Aleutians in November.

The Coast Guard isn’t releasing the officer’s name at this time.

Alison Conroy, the chief warrant officer for the Pacific Area, says the officer was a crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.

The Waesche sent its small boat to rescue the crew of a stranded fishing vessel, the Alaska Mist, on Nov. 14. The Mist lost power and was adrift off Amak Island, which is north of Cold Bay.

Conroy says the Waesche crew member was aboard the cutter’s small boat. He suffered head trauma during the course of the rescue. He was later flown to Seattle for medical treatment.

Will Smaller Capital Budgets Mean Fewer Jobs?

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

During the recession, Alaska lawmakers spent record amounts on infrastructure as a way of putting people to work. They even went as far as calling their capital budgets “job bills.”

But with less tax revenue coming in, the days of fat capital budgets are coming to an end. Should Alaskans be worried about what that means for the state unemployment rate?

Federal Regulation Of State Waters Ruling Being Appealed

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Federal court rulings supporting the National Park Service regulation of state owned waters in parks are being appealed. A recent ruling turned down Anchorage moose hunter John Sturgeon’s challenge, of a Park Service ban on hovercraft on the Nation River inside Yukon Charley National Preserve.

Assembly Approves $4.4 Million for Rec Center, Tennis Courts

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Last night the Anchorage Assembly finally decided the issue of a state-funded recreation center with tennis courts. Assembly members approved $4.4 million for the project.

Mat-Su Troopers Getting New Crime Suppression Unit

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Alaska State Troopers will be increasing work to reduce property crimes in the Matanuska Valley soon. Trooper Captain Hans Brinke, says the new Crime Suppression Unit will the area from Palmer to Valdez. The new unit starts on January 1, and will include one sergeant and three troopers.

Professor Sees Link Between Bullying, Substance Abuse

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Studies show bullying is linked to a host of problems: vandalism, poor performance and absenteeism at school and work, increased school dropout and job turnover, anxiety, depression, and suicide. Now an Anchorage professor sees a link between bullying and substance abuse.

CNN To Spotlight Alaska’s High Rape Numbers

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

CNN will examine Alaska’s struggle with sexual assault and domestic violence in its Change The List project, propelling the issue to the national stage. The news agency sent a reporter to the state to start exploring the problem.

5 Things To Know About The New Southeast Radiation Oncology Center

Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau

The new Southeast Radiation Oncology Center in Juneau celebrated its grand opening last week.

The clinic near Bartlett Regional Hospital will treat cancer patients from Juneau and Southeast Alaska, who previously had to travel to Anchorage, Seattle or another large city to get radiation treatment.

Japan Airlines Announces Flights To Fairbanks

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Japan Airlines has announced a full schedule of flights to Fairbanks this winter. In its10th year offering winter service to Fairbanks, the carrier is planning 18 round trips beginning this Sunday, and running through April 3rd.