Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

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Violent crime spree leaves one dead, another wounded

Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – Bethel

In Aniak, one person is dead and another wounded in what appears to have been a violent crime spree that started at 2 a.m. on Sunday.

Two inmates that escaped Bethel’s jail have been recaptured

Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – Bethel

Two inmates escaped from the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel Saturday, but not for long. The two got out by wriggling their way through a storm grate. They were found at a homeless camp and taken back to custody on Sunday after a manhunt that involved six different agencies. Both were considered dangerous.

The state of Alaska is considering whether it should sue the manufacturers of powerful painkillers

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The State of Alaska is looking into whether it should sue the manufacturers of opioid painkillers for their contributions to the opioid epidemic and has hired a law firm that is representing two other states in related legal action.

Hurricane, now tropical storm Harvey won’t affect Alaska oil prices

Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

Hurricane Harvey has caused nearly 100 oil and gas production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to temporarily shut down, but that drop in production doesn’t necessarily translate to a higher demand for Alaska’s oil.

One in seven Alaskans are food insecure, the SNAP program helps them

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Researchers say one of the most effective ways to fight hunger nationwide is also one of the oldest: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It’s still making sure fewer Alaskans go to bed hungry.

Traveling to Sleetmute where two women run a fishwheel

With gillnet fishing limited to only a few days on the Kuskokwim for most of June and July, some people on the river turned to alternative ways of filling their smokehouses. In Sleetmute, Barb Carlson and Maggie Bobby ran a fish wheel to get their season’s catch of red salmon and to help their neighbors.

Warmer temperatures may disrupt the Kodiak bear’s diet

Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak

Climate change may be throwing off the Kodiak bear’s eating equilibrium. Research says that, on years with warmer spring temperatures, elderberries ripen several weeks earlier than normal.

Documentary ‘Lineage: Tlingit Art Across Generations’ premieres Tuesday

Scott Burton, KTOO – Juneau

The 1-hour documentary explores the artistic lineage of many Tlingit culture bearers, including weavers, carvers, bead artists, musicians and more. It premieres at 8 p.m. on 360 North.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 24 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori