Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 7, 2017

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House and Senate look to compromise on oil and gas tax credits

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

After five months of back and forth, the legislature may be close to compromising on changes to the state’s oil and gas tax credit system.

Fairbanks health care rally draws diverse crowd

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Alaskans concerned about the effects of a US Senate health care bill have been contacting Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and staging events at their local offices. One such Fairbanks rally took place outside Senator Murkowski’s Fairbanks office on Thursday evening.

Black bear that attacked workers near Pogo Mine was behaving like a predator

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

Experts with the state Department of Fish and Game say the black bear that attacked two workers last month near the Pogo Mine was hungry and showing predator-like behavior.

Silver salmon buyer coming to Kuskokwim Bay

Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – Bethel

It looks like there will be a commercial fishery for silver salmon on the Kuskokwim coast this year.

New Anchorage power plant improves efficiency and reliability while increasing rates

Henry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Last year, Municipal Light & Power completed a $300 million overhaul of their power plant in East Anchorage. The expansion aims to increase efficiency, reliability and environmental quality by replacing old technology.

As Cape Greig walruses draw “flightseers,” pilots urge caution

Avery Lill, KDLG – Dillingham

On a trip to southwest Alaska, some tourists are willing to pay hefty prices for the chance to view large animals in pristine, natural habitat. For years, lodges and air taxis have flown visitors to Round and Hagemeister Islands and Capes Peirce, Newenham and Seniavin to see thousands of walruses resting on beaches.

YK Delta villages receive federal energy grants

Christine Trudeau, KYUK – Bethel

Alaska Native villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are getting Federal funds to help improve energy efficiency. The effort is also a way for villages to start reducing energy costs.

Anchorage exhibit highlights ‘unseen’ exploits of combat medics

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

An photography exhibit takes a look at a world most of us hope to avoid — the world of combat medics and search and rescue missions.

AK: ANSEP students get an inside look on the world of sharks

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Last week, more than 50 students from the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program participated in a Career Exploration program, delving into the realm of marine science. The week-long program was designed to introduce the students to marine biology.

49 Voices: Merridy Littell of Anchorage

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

This week we’re hearing from Merridy Littell in Anchorage. Littell is nine years old and originally from Seattle. She’s organizing a children’s bike race on July 15th.