Alaska News Nightly: Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

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Seismic work in ANWR: Can they do that?

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

The Interior Department is trying to let industry into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to conduct seismic exploration on the coastal plain. Is that legal?

Watchdog group scrutinizes rough-weather training for new tanker escorts in Prince William Sound

Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage

Next year, a whole new fleet of tugboats and barges will arrive in Prince William Sound with a big responsibility: to prevent another oil spill like the Exxon Valdez in 1989.

PFD announcement fanfare is gone, as dividends are cut in half

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

If the state budget didn’t lower Alaska Permanent Fund dividends this year, they would have been among the highest in state history, at more than $2,300. Instead, they will be $1,100, deposited or mailed on Oct. 5.

Wildfires pop up near Chisana and Tanana

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

Recent warm, dry weather in the interior has resulted in two late season wildfires.

Critical drugs in short supply for AFD and hospitals 

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

The nation-wide problem with shortages in basic medicines is almost a decade old. As it worsens, first responders and hospitals in Anchorage are spending more resources just trying to keep up.


Alaska Eskimo group seeks hike in whaling harvest quotas

Associated Press

The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission is seeking a significant increase in the number of bowhead whales that can be harvested annually by subsistence hunters from 11 villages.

Dog training provides prisoners lessons that people can’t

Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Staying calm and taking responsibility are some of the keys to success both inside and outside of prison. But sometimes it takes more than a person to teach that. Meet the dogs of Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai.

Family returns to Kodiak after 10 years sailing around the world

Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak

This summer, a couple returned to the City of Kodiak after roughly 10 years of sailing the world. Mike Litzow and Alisa Abookire raised two sons while living a seafaring nomadic lifestyle.