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Alaska News Nightly: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Walker Delays Payment on Oil Tax Credits; $8.5M In Cuts to Troopers Spread a Thin Force Even Thinner; Shell Gets Federal Approval to Head North, With Some Stipulations; Sand Point Post Office Burglars Sentenced; Citizens Asked To Weigh In On A Proposed Liquor Store in Bethel; Marriage Equality and Mourning: Mildred Boesser Fought Until the End; A Psychologist Follows His Slow-Roasted, Highly Caffeinated Dream; Flying Karamazovs and Friends Bring Chautauqua Spirit to Juneau Download Audio

Walker Delays Payment On Oil Tax Credits

Gov. Bill Walker is delaying payment of $200 million worth of oil tax credits. The veto is the most significant change the governor made to the state budget. Download Audio

$8.5M In Cuts to Troopers Spread A Thin Force Event Thinner

Rural residents already complain that state troopers are slow to respond to serious crimes and dangerous situations. But as of July first, 30 state trooper positions have been eliminated. With more lay-offs coming, it's going to get worse -- in both urban and rural Alaska. Download Audio

Polar Pioneer: An Economic Boon For Dutch Harbor

Billions of dollars worth of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are sitting out in the Bay in front of Dutch Harbor this week. The company has plans to take most of that equipment north for exploratory drilling operations later this summer. Many of the local businesses benefit from the oil giant’s presence. Download Audio

Sand Point Post Office Burglars Sentenced

Two men have been sentenced in U.S. District Court to serve 21 months in federal prison for burglarizing the post office in Sand Point. Download Audio

Citizens Asked To Weigh In On A Proposed Liquor Store in Bethel

An application for Bethel’s first liquor store in four decades is still alive. Download Audio

Marriage equality and mourning: Mildred Boesser fought till the end

When the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage nationwide last week, President Obama called the ruling “a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up.” Mildred Boesser stood 5 feet tall, and she was one of those people. On the day of the ruling, Boesser was on her deathbed at home in Juneau, surrounded by family. Download Audio

Psychologist Follows Slow-Roasted, Highly Caffeinated Dream

Austin Schwartz pours green coffee beans into a pan and sets a timer. For the next 8 minutes, he slowly shuffles them around. The inside of the bus is open and simple. A few of the original 1960s era benches flank the sides of a coffee counter where a teakettle sits on one corner. A two-burner propane stove stands against a wall. Download Audio

Flying Karamazovs and friends bring Chautauqua spirit to Juneau

When the New Old Time Chautauqua marched into a TEDx talk in Seattle in 2012, there were jugglers, marching band musicians with mismatched uniforms, a saxophonist with a fez and a mustachioed ringmaster in a kilt. Now, the motley troupe of almost 60 performers and educators is in Juneau for three days of workshops, shows and activities that start Thursday. Download Audio

Opening of Houston fireworks stands ‘highly unlikely’

The Sockeye Fire is nearly contained, and fires continue to burn throughout the state. Now, many are questioning whether or not fireworks will be available and legal for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The state has lifted its fireworks ban, with the exception of Western Alaska. Many municipal and borough restrictions are still in place, however.