Alaska News Nightly: Friday, Sep. 8, 2017

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Alaska airborne/infantry unit begins Afghanistan deployment

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The Army in Alaska is sending more than two thousand troops to Afghanistan. And they’ve already started deploying.

New EPA vetting adds uncertainty for Alaska grants worth millions

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

The EPA is reportedly funneling all grant money through a single political appointee in the nation’s capital. Grants to Alaska were allegedly blocked for two weeks, starting the day Sen. Murkowski voted against a health care bill.

23 charged in Bethel bootlegging ring

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

A two-year-long investigation culminated today with the charging of 23 Bethel residents, most of them cab drivers, for allegedly selling alcohol without a license.

Uncle names girls killed in Butte fire, says trailer needed repairs

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Armando Astorga identified the fire victims as Jaelynn Flores, 3, Sofia Flores, 6, Lillyanna Flores, 7, Nevaeh Flores, 8, and Alexis Quackenbush, 12.

Rep. Young apologizes for his ‘offending words’ on House floor

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

Judged against his past statements, what Young said about a freshman Democrat was nothing spectacular. But then Young did something unusual: He made nice.

Walker ‘doubtful’ he will ask legislature for more funding for gas line

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

The governor said he’s not likely to ask the legislature for more money for the project once current funding dries up.

That Atlantic salmon farm was on its last legs — and Washington state knew it

John Ryan, KUOW – Seattle

More information is coming to light about the failure of a fish farm operation in Puget Sound that led to the escape of thousands of Atlantic salmon.

NOAA Fisheries hosts first citizen beluga count this weekend

Jay Barrett, KDLL – Kenai

On Saturday, NOAA Fisheries Alaska is organizing its first ever citizen beluga count in Cook Inlet.

AK: Archaeologists shed light on Tlingit culture near Petersburg, before Europeans

Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – Bethel

The small island town of Petersburg in Southeast, Alaska is known for its Norwegian heritage. But archaeologists are finding more evidence that Mitkof Island is just like others in the region. Tlingit people had settlements around Petersburg for thousands of years before Europeans planted their roots.

49 Voices: Carlos Godfrey of Anchorage

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Today we’re hearing from Carlos Godfrey of McGrath. Godfrey works for the National Weather Service and is based in Anchorage.