Alaska News Nightly: Monday, June 26, 2017

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CBO sees peril in Senate bill for uncrowded regions

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

The Congressional Budget Office has what amounts to a warning for “sparsely populated areas” in its analysis of the Senate’s draft health care reform bill: The bill could drive out insurers.

Trump’s Interior secretary takes first baby step on King Cove road

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

There was a bit of a victory Monday for supporters of a proposed road in Southwest Alaska that would connect the village of King Cove to an airport at Cold Bay via the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

More Alaskans mauled by bears 

Associated Press

Two more Alaskans were mauled by bears in Alaska over the weekend, bringing the number of bear attacks in the state to four in less than a week, including two fatal ones.

Wilderness race cancelled due to bear mauling

Associated Press

A popular wilderness race in Alaska has been suspended for one year following the fatal maulings last week.

Chilkat weaver receives national folk art honor

Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau

A 62-year-old Juneau woman has received one of the nation’s top awards recognizing traditional folk art.

Chitina dip netters can now catch salon in Copper River after spring ban

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Chitina dip netters are now able to harvest a king salmon. The usual allowance in the popular Copper River personal use fishery is back after being rescinded this spring out of concern about a weak king run. With the commercial and subsistence harvests indicating a better than anticipated return, fishing restrictions have been pulled back.

Low tide reveals Alutiiq fishing method in Kodiak

Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak

A Kodiak archaeologist said there may be the remains of a historic Alutiiq fish trap on the north end of Kodiak Island. He said those types of man-made formations are rare to discover in the region.

New treasure trove of Inupiat recordings being assessed for possible digital use

Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

In Kotzebue, An aging trove of Inupiat photographs, books and recordings at risk of deteriorating are being assessed in the hope they can be digitized for future use.

Talkeetna’s inaugural Pride celebration draws a crowd

Phillip Manning, KTNA – Talkeetna

What began as an idea between two friends turned into a LGBTQ+ Pride event that drew hundreds of people in Talkeetna on Sunday.

Study examines the ripple effect of charter operators’ choices

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

An ongoing study published in the scientific journal Public Library of Science aims to find out how charter operators’ fishing habits have evolved and the ripple effect of their decisions.

Man becomes first person to Race to Alaska on a stand-up paddle board

Emily Atkinson, KRBD – Ketchikan

On a cool Sunday evening in Ketchikan, Team Heart of Gold’s Karl Kruger became the first person to finish the Race to Alaska on a stand-up paddle board.