Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

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Six charged in extensive Anchorage mail fraud case

Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Six Anchorage residents have been charged in a large mail fraud case.

Long awaited Interior natural gas contract expected

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The fate of the long pursued Interior Energy Project will soon come into better focus. The state funded effort hinges on a natural gas supply from Cook Inlet, and that’s expected next month.

Fish and Game criticized over “chronic failure” regulating Mat-Su waters

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Leadership at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game got an earful Tuesday night in Palmer.

PenAir requests subsidy to sustain market in Pribilof Islands

Laura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska

The only air carrier for the Pribilof Islands is asking for financial support to keep its remote market afloat.

Former senator, longtime Native leader Albert Kookesh fighting cancer

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

A longtime Alaska political and business leader is fighting prostate cancer.

Lawsuit dismissed after prompting abortion rule changes

Associated Press

A state court judge has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit that prompted the state medical board to adopt new regulations for abortions after the first trimester in Alaska.

Responders have mitigated pollution threat of F/V Akutan, Coast Guard says

Laura Kraegel, KCUB – Unalaska

Six days after forming an emergency response team, officials have suspended their efforts aboard a disabled fishing vessel in Unalaska.

New study suggests dental therapists improving oral health in YK Delta

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

Rural health aides have a long, successful history of improving access to health care in Alaska. Now, a dental program based on that model is improving oral care in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Bradley Lake hydro expansion moves forward

Aaron Bolton, KBBI – Homer

An expansion of the state’s largest hydroelectric facility is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Alaska Energy Authority’s Board of Directors approved a $46.6 million expansion of Bradley Lake at its meeting earlier this month.

Macomb caribou season closed early a day

Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks

The state Department of Fish and Game will close the popular Macomb caribou season one day early this year, because hunters have already had a lot of success with harvesting bulls.

Someone’s painting rainbow colors over a Juneau crosswalk; the city wants it to stop

Jacob Resneck, KTOO – Juneau

A crosswalk in a downtown Juneau neighborhood is constantly being painted over in rainbow colors. Depending on who you ask, It’s either an expression of creativity or simple vandalism.

Ask a Climatologist: Rainy…even by Ketchikan standards

Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Most places in Alaska are wetter than normal for August, but it’s been especially rainy in Ketchikan.