Alaska News Nightly: October 23, 2014

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Small Fuel Barge Adrift In Beaufort Sea

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

A small, unmanned fuel barge is adrift in the Beaufort Sea and may be heading toward Prudhoe Bay after its tow line snapped in a storm on Monday.

AFN President Criticizes Gov. Sean Parnell

Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – Juneau

The head of Alaska’s largest Native organization publicly criticized Gov. Sean Parnell Thursday morning, the opening day of the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage.

Fish & Game Revising Wildlife Habitat Management Plans

Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – Anchorage

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is revising management plans for some of the most exceptional areas of wildlife habitat in the state. But critics say that even after an outcry about what’s been called a massive erosion in environmental protection by both the public and the Legislature, little to nothing has been fixed.

Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Courts Rural Alaska Voters

Liz Ruskin, APRN

U.S. Senate candidates Mark Begich and Dan Sullivan sparred today over who can better move Washington to bring more resource development to Alaska. The Anchorage debate was sponsored by the Resource Development Council and associations representing the state’s oil and gas, mining and logging industries.

Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan Courts Rural Alaska Voters

Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel

Late last week, US Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan took his campaign to Bethel.  The challenger to Senator Mark Begich, who if successful, may be the Senator that tilts the power balance in the Senate from Democratic to Republican.

20 Alaska Native Languages Now Official State Languages

Matthew Smith, KNOM – Nome

Twenty Alaska native languages are now official languages in the State of Alaska—after Governor Sean Parnell signed House Bill 216 into law this morning at the Alaska Federation of Native conference.

Third Minto Earthquake Rocks Interior Alaska

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

There was another strong earthquake, followed by dozens of aftershocks, in the Interior Thursday.  A magnitude 5 earthquake at 8:30 am was centered in the Minto area northwest of Fairbanks. There have been no reports of damage, but the quake, the latest in a series in the same area, has drawn concern from seismologists.

Wrangell Doctor Indicted On Child Porn Charges

Katarina Sostaric, KSTK – Wrangell

A federal grand jury indicted a Wrangell doctor Wednesday on child porn charges.

Unalaska Clinic Shares Ebola Response Plans

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

Concerns about Ebola are running high in Unalaska. The town’s unique geography and large international workforce have residents wondering how they’d be affected by an outbreak. Local medical providers are trying to calm those fears.