Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 29, 2017

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Alaska reflects on Memorial Day

Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO – Juneau

U.S. and Alaska flags were flying at half-staff today until noon in recognition of Memorial Day.

Bogoslof erupts again; aviation alert raised to red

Associated Press

An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months has erupted again.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Denali name should remain

Associated Press

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the name for America’s tallest mountain should remain Denali.

Teacher turnover costs state’s school districts around $20M per year

Josh Edge, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Alaska schools hire about 1,000 new teachers each year to offset the annual turnover of staff. And it’s a process that doesn’t come cheap.

Troopers identify 2 Juneau men in plane crash near Haines

Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau

Two plane crashes took the lives of four people in Alaska on Saturday.

Fairbanks police chief one of four officers involved in Thursday shooting

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Fairbanks Police Chief Erik Jewkes was among the names listed of those involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting in the Interior city last week.

Quake prone cities on West Coast aim to improve countermeasures

Tom Banse, Northwest News Network

Vulnerability assessments by utilities and emergency planners along the U.S. West Coast suggest it could be weeks or a month or more before water service gets restored after a major earthquake — not to mention electricity, sewage treatment and fuel supply too.

Native groups install totem pole at Gastineau Elementary, lost cemetery

Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau

The T’aaku Kwáan of Douglas Island raised a totem pole in front of an elementary school Saturday to mark the site of a disturbed graveyard. The pole symbolizes the pain of historical trauma and a need to heal.

Digital restoration of The Drums Of Winter deepens colors, brings light to shadows

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

One of the most significant films about Yup’ik culture has been digitally restored. The Drums of Winter is an award-winning documentary shot in Emmonak 40 years ago that tells the story of Yup’ik dancing and potlatching between Emmonak and Alakanuk. After three years of restoration work, it’s now being shown around the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

Petersburg school uses Minecraft video game in student led program

Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg

The video game Minecraft is being used in Petersburg’s 7th grade computer science class to teach students basic programming skills. It’s a student led program that has high schoolers designing the curriculum.