Alaska News Nightly: October 16, 2014

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Ebola Risk Low In Alaska, Plan In Place To Stop Spread

Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage

The State’s Department of Health says there is not much risk of Ebola reaching Alaska, but they do have a prevention plan in place.

Settlement In Mt. Marathon Race Suit

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

The Seward Chamber of Commerce has been freed from any responsibility in the death of Mt. Marathon runner Michael LeMaitre.

Jury Deliberates Pipeline False Statement Case

The Associated Press

A Fairbanks jury has begun deliberations for a man charged with making false statements about the 1978 bombing of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

BBEDC Releases 2013 Annual Report

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

Mailboxes across the Bristol Bay region have been filling up in recent days with the 36-page annual report from the community development quota organization that represents the region.

Yup’ik Language Assistance Available For Early Voting In Bethel

Charles Enoch, KYUK – Bethel

Early or absentee voting begins Monday, October 20th for those who want to cast their ballots before the General Elections on November 4th.

Village Shows Teamwork Breaking Up A Frozen River For Fuel Delivery

Charles Enoch, KYUK – Bethel

Residents from the coastal village of Kongiginak, in Southwest Alaska, rallied against nature to clear the way for a barge, carrying a load of heating fuel and gasoline earlier this week. Freeze-up has already started along the coast.

Environmental Concerns Raised Over Navy Training In Gulf of Alaska

Marcia Lynn, KCHU – Valdez

For several decades the United States Navy and other branches of the Military have performed a series of training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska during the spring and summer months. The Navy is required to file an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, which needs to be updated every five years. The public comment period for the latest Supplemental EIS closes next week. These exercises are conducted in some of the Alaska’s key fish habitats, so environmental concerns have been raised.

Unalaska School Board OKs Crisis Intervention Rules

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

At a special meeting this month, Unalaska’s school board approved a policy they hope they never have to use — one that tells teachers what to do if a student becomes violent or out of control. It’s part of a new state law banning what’s known as restraint and seclusion.

Teacher’s Pet: The End For An Educator

Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage

The Anchorage School District recently said goodbye to one of its longest-serving and perhaps most unusual educators. And the departure leaves the district with a gap not likely to be soon filled.