Alaska News Nightly: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

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Next election may delay plan to fund state government

Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau

Candidates have been announcing plans for governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature since July. And they’re taking positions that could make a budget deal more difficult.

Anchorage police to take on Turnagain Arm traffic patrols

Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Anchorage Police Department officers plan to take over patrolling the Seward Highway along Turnagain Arm on October 1, with help from a state grant.

State rejects teen climate change petition

Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau

The DEC commissioner said the request posed “significant consequences for employment and resource development” in the state.

Japanese naval band drums for Anchorage middle-schoolers

Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

In a first, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force brought its prestigious band to perform for Anchorage students.

New film explores how Arctic ecosystems are affected by climate change

Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

A new documentary film looks at how climate change is affecting Arctic ecosystems.

Petersburg’s tribe uses new machine to make compost in bulk

Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg

Two things that Petersburg has a lot of are fish and wood. And one thing the local rocky terrain is short on is dirt. But given the right circumstances you can get dirt out of fish and wood. A new business venture by the local tribe, Petersburg Indian Association, has begun to provide the town with locally-made, environmentally friendly compost.

2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year nominee: Eric Rush

Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Eric Rush teaches 3rd grade at Ticasuk Brown elementary in North Pole and has been a teacher for nine years. Rush said even in 3rd grade, technology can be a challenging distraction, but also a terrific tool for creating interest and excitement for learning.

Kodiak art project encourages salmon discussion

Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak

The first cohort of Alaska Salmon Fellows is wrapping up its pilot year with final projects.