Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

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Appeals Court: FCC right in denying Dish-Doyon bidding discounts

Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday the Federal Communications Commission was right to deny bidding discounts worth billions of dollars to a subsidiary of Doyon Limited, the Alaska Native Regional Corporation for Interior Alaska.

Alaska Democrats seek chance for independents to run in party primaries

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

The Alaska Democratic Party voted last year to change its rules to allow independents to run for its nomination for office. But state officials blocked the move. Now both sides are in court over the issue.

In Aniak, community works to recover after shooting spree

Teresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – Bethel

The community of Aniak is struggling to recover from a recent shooting spree that saw bullets flying though town and left one resident dead and several wounded.

Judge rejects Sarah Palin lawsuit against The New York Times

Associated Press

A federal judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin brought against The New York Times over an editorial.

Summit emphasizes how people in recovery are fighting Alaska’s opioid epidemic

Henry Leasia, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Recovery Summit was held in Palmer and addressed efforts that had been made over the past year to improve the state’s opioid epidemic.

Building burns north of Grayling, investigation underway

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Another remote property along the middle Yukon River has burned. Alaska State Troopers report that several structures at an unoccupied compound about 40 miles north of the village of Grayling, were damaged by fire Sunday.

Alaska National Guard members helping with Harvey rescues

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

13 members of Alaska’s Air National Guard left on Monday to help with air and water rescues amid historic Texas flooding.

Ask a Climatologist: The mind boggling rain of tropical storm Harvey

Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

If you took all that water that has just fallen on Harris County and you put it right over the urban part of Anchorage it would be about 60 or 70 feet deep. It’s an extraordinary amount of water that’s fallen.

Goliath of gourds: 1,231-pound pumpkin breaks records at Alaska State Fair

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Weighing in at 1,231.5 pounds the enormous creation of winning pumpkin cultivator David Iles took top honors, earning the first-time champion a $1,000 cash prize, a blue ribbon and bragging rights.

Bristol Bay wrapping up unexpectedly good fall silver fishery

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

Most taking home $.65/lb for their chilled coho catch, and with over 210,000 fish landed by probably less than 50 fishermen, the fall fishery proved a good one.