Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 10, 2017

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Murkowski speaks with constituents about health care during Senate recess

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Senator Lisa Murkowski was one of just four of the Senate’s 52 Republicans to make a public appearance over the fourth of July. She spoke with constituents about healthcare.

From Anchorage, Walker tells lawmakers to get back to Juneau

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk and Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Lawmakers have been meeting in Juneau for nearly half a year, but Gov. Bill Walker told reporters on Monday in Anchorage that he doesn’t think they’re done yet.

Frauds, scams, and schemes cost Alaskans millions last year

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Federal Trade Commission data show that last year, 3,031 complaints were filed in Alaska, about a third of them in Anchorage. The information was shared as part of a national push to show how minority and immigrant communities are targeted.

Big ships asked to slow down to reduce noise for iconic whales

Tom Banse, NNN – Oregon

Whale scientists think rising levels of underwater noise are having a harmful effect on the Northwest’s iconic killer whales. Now the Port of Vancouver, in British Columbia, is spearheading an experiment to temporarily slow down big ships to reduce noise.

Whale entanglement expert shares best practices with Petersburg volunteers

Nora Saks, KFSK – Petersburg

When whales and other marine mammals get caught in nets, fishing gear, and other flotsam and jetsam, they often need humans’ help getting free. Ed Lyman is the go-to expert on such incidents. He’s a Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and has been involved with close to 100 entanglements.

Could LKSD support of Alaska Native teacher training put an end to teacher turnover?

Christine Trudeau, KYUK – Bethel

The Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks have teamed up to try and solve two problems with one new program. The aim is to address high rates of teacher turnover, as well as to improve Yup’ik cultural and language competency among the region’s teaching staff.

Bethel scientist returns home to study climate change

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

What happens after fire scorches the tundra, and what follows when carbon that’s been locked away for millennia gets released? Currently, a group of scientists is camping 50 miles north of Bethel, attempting to answer these questions. For one scientist the research is personal, because it means coming home.