Alaska News Nightly: Wed., June,7, 2017

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Israel is working on a better missile to counter the threat of an Iranian launch. But Israel lives in a crowded neighborhood, so the plan is to test the interceptor in Kodiak.

Liz Ruskin/AKPM – Washington, D.C.

Uncertainty over how the Legislature will close the state’s budget gap is affecting the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. The corporation is investing more conservatively, so it has cash on hand in case the Legislature uses fund earnings to close the gap. 

Andrew Kitchenman/AKPM — Juneau

The Copper River king salmon return is coming in better than forecast. Predicted to be the weakest on record, at about 29 thousand kings, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Upper Copper River management biologist Mark Somerville says the forecast is being questioned given recent week’s king harvest by commercial fishers on the river’s delta.

Dan Bross/KUAC — Fairbanks

Officials in Anchorage may begin looking at a fuel tax as a way to raise revenues for essential services like policing and infrastructure. 

Zachariah Hughes/AKPM — Anchorage

A new labor contract between the city of Anchorage and the union representing fire-fighters could lead to savings for tax-payers. 

Zachariah Hughes/AKPM — Anchorage


Two longtime board members of Juneau’s urban Alaska Native corporation have been ousted through elections at an annual shareholder meeting on Saturday. 

Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO — Juneau

The director of the Indian Health Service is scheduled to visit interior villages tomorrow [Thurs, June 8].  IHS Director Chris Buchanan plans to tour Rampart and Allakaket with a group of state and regional Native leaders. 

Dan Bross/KUAC — Fairbanks


The Bristol Bay Borough has agreed to incentive investments into refrigerated seawater, know as R-S-W, or, onboard chilling systems for area fishing boats. The Bristol Bay Assembly voted to offer a $1,500 fish tax rebate to drift boat skippers who are making the costly upgrade. As seafood processors continue to pay more for chilled salmon, the Borough recognized that its future tax revenues should go up alongside the value of the catch.

Nick Ciolino/KDLG — Dillingham


Honey bees aren’t native to Alaska, but four beekeepers are making an experiment of keeping hives in Dillingham. That’s something that’s been done before, but infrequently. 

Avery Lill/KDLG — Dillingham


The starting gun fires Thursday [June 8] for the third edition of a zany Pacific Northwest boating contest. The Race to Alaska sends sailors, rowers and paddlers from Port Townsend, Washington, on a 750-mile marathon up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan.

Tom Banse/Northwest News Network — Port Townsend, Wa.