Alaska News Nightly: October 14, 2014

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Judge Denies Stay On Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Alaska Dispatch News

U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess Tuesday denied the state of Alaska’s request for a stay in his decision overturning Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban. The Alaska Dispatch News reports Burgess’ denial means same-sex marriages in Alaska can continue.

Feds Seek Dismissal of King Cove Lawsuit

The Associated Press

Arguments have been scheduled on the federal government’s request to dismiss a lawsuit over the Interior Department’s refusal to allow for a road from King Cove to an all-weather airport at Cold Bay.

More Big Thorne Timber Sales Announced

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The Forest Service plans three more timber sales in a part of Prince of Wales Island conservationists say needs to be protected. They’re much smaller than a recent sale in the same area.

Groups Criticize State For Renewal Of Wishbone Hill Coal Mining Permit

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

A coalition of environmental organizations are criticizing the state for issuing a coal mining permit for a site near Palmer.

Community-Based Solutions For Coastal Erosion Discussed In Anchorage

Zach Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage

As climate change brings new threats to subsistence communities across Alaska’s coastlines, a conference held in Anchorage is advocating community-based solutions, and not waiting any longer for government assistance.

Fish & Game Releases Commercial Salmon Fishing Summary

Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – Kenai

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its summary report for the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season. Continued low king salmon numbers and new management tools were at the heart of this year’s fishing.

UAF Vice Chancellor Visits Bristol Bay Campus

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The man who oversees all of the rural campuses of the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been touring those campuses since being appointed to the job back in July.  Evon Peter visited the Bristol Bay Campus last week.

Juneau Non-Profit Bridges Spanish Language Gap

Kayla Deroches, KTOO – Juneau

About 5 percent of Juneau’s population identifies as Hispanic. Some are non-English speaking immigrants who need help translating official documents or government forms. Others require assistance navigating the Alaska Court System. A national nonprofit that started a Juneau branch last year now offers Spanish translation and interpretation services in Juneau. Piedra de Ayuda, or A Helping Rock, began as a homeless outreach program on the East Coast.

Arctic Native Ice Testing Stick Will Be Used On National Research Vessel

Jenn Ruckel, KNOM – Nome

Conducting research at sea in Arctic, ice-filled conditions is a tricky endeavor, requiring a host of high-tech gear. But, on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ new, ice-capable research vessel Sikuliaq, at least one piece of equipment dates back generations.

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