Alaska News Nightly: Friday, June 30, 2017

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Disability advocates meet outside Murkowski’s Fairbanks office, protesting Senate Healthcare bill

Robert Hannon, KUAC – Fairbanks

As part of a national sit in Wednesday to protest the Senate health care bill, a group Fairbanks residents with disabilities met outside Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s local office.

Alaska governor participates in White House energy meeting

Associated Press

Gov. Bill Walker participated Wednesday in a White House meeting on energy issues.

An Interior wildfire sparks back up

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A wildfire north of Delta Junction has reignited. The more than 8,000-acre South Fork Salcha Fire was started by lightning earlier this month in a remote area about 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

University of Alaska Southeast tightens belt, gets creative after budget cuts

Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau

The University of Alaska’s Board of Regents unanimously agreed on a budget today, a week after the Legislature decided to cut university funding by about $8 million. That cut comes with a $3 million increase in the university’s costs.

Wrangell contract talks resume, strikers return to work

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Wrangell Borough officials are returning to the bargaining table.

Longliners say killer whales stealing fish more persistent than ever

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

The battle between killer whales and longline fishermen has been going on for decades in the Bering Sea. Pods of whales will follow boats and pick fish off their lines as they pull them in. Some commercial fishermen say the whales have become so persistent, they have changed fishing grounds to avoid them, but regulators may have a solution.

No joke: A bear walks into a Lemon Creek liquor store

Tripp Crouse, KTOO – Juneau

A bear likely was just following its nose when it walked into a Lemon Creek business on Friday.

Katmai bear cam is back for its sixth year

Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham

About 2200 bears live in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The popular webcam, which attracts thousands of viewers daily, gives people a close look at bears’ behavior.

AK: Ketchikan Arts Council hosts summertime story slams

Emma Atkinson, KRBD – Ketchikan

On a recent evening in Ketchikan, locals and seasonal residents gathered at the Arctic Bar to carry on perhaps the oldest tradition known to humankind – storytelling. It was a chance for residents to tell their deepest secrets and reveal their sillier sides.

49 Voices: Adam Foutch of Anchorage

Henry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Adam Foutch, who lives in Anchorage.