Alaska News Nightly: Friday, May 26, 2017

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This weekend, Ryan Zinke makes inaugural Alaska visit as Interior Secretary

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is visiting Alaska this weekend.

Per diems driving special session costs

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The cost to taxpayers of going past the 90-day legislative session set by state law is roughly $1 million – and rising.

Deceased members of WWII Alaska militia honored

Associated Press

Relatives of deceased members of a largely Native Alaskan citizen militia who guarded the U.S. territory during World War II have received Army discharge papers meant as a posthumous honor.

UAF’s chancellor faces tough decisions in new position

Robert Hannon, KUAC – Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has a new chancellor. Thursday, University of Alaska President Jim Johnson announced that Daniel White would lead the University.

Two Interior residents missing after Yukon boating accident

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Two Interior residents are missing after a boating accident on the Yukon River. Alaska State Troopers report that a search is underway for 56-year-old Clifford Adams and 38-year-old Ai Adams, both residents of the Yukon Flats village of Beaver.

Man shot by Fairbanks police after ramming into trooper, officer vehicles

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A man who rammed police vehicles with his truck, was shot dead by Fairbanks police officers in Fairbanks. The man, who’s name has not been released, had outstanding felony arrest warrants — according to Alaska State Troopers.

Feds will take over Lower And Middle Kuskokwim beginning June 12

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

Beginning June 12, management of king salmon on the lower and middle Kuskokwim River will switch from state to federal control. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hand over management to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fee to hike Kodiak’s Termination Point removed

Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak

For years, locals have needed a permit to hike the Termination Point trail, but now they can explore that property without a fee.

UAF doctoral candidate documents Yup’ik-named places for project

Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham

In recognition of its native Athabascan name, the official name of Mount McKinley was changed to Mount Denali in 2015. A University of Alaska Fairbanks Ph.D candidate in anthropology has taken a more local interest in native place names. Yoko Kugo is in the midst of a three-year project to document the Yup’ik names of places around Iliamna Lake.

AK: Fire investigators train to determine how blazes begin

Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau

When a fire breaks out, it’s not always obvious how it started. Not only could the entire structure be wiped out, but items that started the fire could be partially destroyed or altered beyond recognition. That’s the job of the fire investigator: interview witnesses and find clues at the scene that would help them determine how the fire started.

49 Voices: Erik Boltman of Anchorage

Tony Gorman, KCHU – Valdez

This week we’re hearing from Erik Boltman from Anchorage. Boltman moved to Alaska after serving in the Air Force and participated in the Valdez Fly-in.