Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

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DEC asks Feds to split Fairbanks and North Pole

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency no longer consider Fairbanks and North Pole together when it comes to air quality regulation. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, if approved, the change could free Fairbanks from more stringent emissions regulations.

North Pole police launch new anti-theft program

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The North Pole Police Department is launching a program aimed at combatting a persistent theft problem in the city. At a public event this week (Tues.), North Pole Police Chief Steve Dutra (DOO-tra) introduced the “Anti-Theft Dot” system that helps with recovery of stolen items.

Western Kentucky takes home Great Alaska Shootout women’s title

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage
The University of Alaska Anchorage’s women’s basketball team took second place in the Great Alaska Shootout, falling to Western Kentucky 62 to 58.

Lynn Canal crash survivor shares recovery journey

Jillian Rogers, KHNS – Haines
Martha Mackowiak returned to Haines on Sunday after spending two weeks in a Seattle hospital. She, her husband Mike, son Nik, and family friend, Victoria Hansen were on board the private plane that crashed into Lynn Canal on Nov. 4. Martha suffered severe hypothermia and cardiac arrest after swimming to shore. She had to be resuscitated twice. She credits a series of fortunate events, and overwhelming support, with her survival and speedy recovery.

Tulsequah cleanup won’t restart water-treatment plant

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Canadian regulators say a mine about 40 miles northeast of Juneau has agreed to reduce pollution leaking into a nearby river. But it won’t have to restart a shuttered water treatment plant many Southeast Alaskans want back in operation.

Preview of new Alaska Native exhibits at SLAM

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau
State museum officials in Juneau say they have an opportunity to do something they’ve never done before. They’re starting with a blank slate when creating exhibits that chronicle the various periods and Native peoples of Alaska.

AK: Sitka’s caretaker protects the rights of the dead

Emily Kwong, KCAW-Sitka
On a clear night in September, a group of vandals desecrated a 200-year old cemetery in Sitka, tipping over headstones. The caretaker, 65-year old Bob Sam, discovered the damage the next morning. The vandals struck twice more before they were caught two months later. This is the story of how the cemetery caretaker enlisted the help of local police to protect the rights of the dead.

49 Voices: Ronald Spatz of Anchorage

This week, we’re hearing from Ronald Spatz, who  moved to Anchorage in 1980: He is a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.