Alaska News Nightly: October 30, 2014

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Judge Rules State Must Comply With National Guard Records Request

Anne Hillman, KSKA – Anchorage

An Alaska Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that the governor’s office must start providing documents about the National Guard scandal to Alaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News.  The State has until noon tomorrow to hand over any related public records they have already identified and a privilege log that explains why they cannot provide other documents.

Organizations Making Final Push To Encourage Alaska Native Voters

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

As Election Day nears, Native organizations in Juneau are making one last big push to encourage voters through a Get Out the Native Vote information rally on Saturday.

YKHC Moves Into New Prematernal Home

Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel

A facility that has lowered infant and mother morbidity rates in the Y-K Delta has a new home. Bethel’s Prematernal Home has moved to a new building along the Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. The new Home is three times the size of the old one and has improved amenities for the region’s expectant mothers during the final stage of pregnancy.

Timeline Begins To Emerge From National Guard Documents

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Anchorage

While the governor’s office is now being told to provide more National Guard records or explain the reasons for withholding them, the administration did hand over a 352-page log of records that could be relevant earlier this week. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that hints of a timeline emerge in the document that outlines the Parnell administration’s response to the allegations.

Refuge Proposes Shooting Caribou that Swim Off Adak

Annie Ropeik, KUCB – Unalaska

Adak Island is home to something you won’t find elsewhere in the Aleutians: a herd of caribou, introduced in the 1950s as a hunting option for the old naval base there. The base is closed, but the caribou are still thriving — and lately, some have been striking out for newer pastures. It’s got wildlife refuge managers looking to keep a herd from forming where hunters can’t follow.

Report: Second-Growth Logging Can Start Now

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Tongass National Forest officials want the timber industry to log and process fewer old trees. They’re planning a 10- to-15-year transition to harvesting younger forests.

Two Oregon researchers, one an industry consultant and the other an environmental activist, say it can happen sooner.