Alaska News

Alaska News Nightly: Monday, July 27, 2015

Elections Director Resigns Abruptly at Lt. Gov's Request; Berkowitz Transition Report Draws on Community, Corporate Solutions Alike; Erosion Along the Matanuska Continues to Imperil Homes; Dead Fish, Wildlife In Aleutians May Be Victims Of Toxic Algae Outbreak; Forgiving Without Forgetting: A Tlingit Village Up in Smoke; Denali Wolf Hunt Nears Opening, Despite Low Population Numbers; Groups Seek Halt to POW Wolf Hunting, Logging Download Audio

Division of Elections director resigns at Lt. Governor’s request

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has asked the state's Division of Elections director Gail Fenumiai to resign. Claire Richardson is special assistant to Mallott. She says they accepted Fenumiai's resignation on Friday. Download Audio

Berkowitz Transition Report Draws on Community, Corporate Solutions Alike

The Berkowitz Administration released an ambitious set of policy aims for Anchorage over the next three years, many representing a dramatic departure from the last administration's approach to the same problems. Download Audio

7 Homes Imperiled By Erosion on the Matanuska River

The state Department of Transportation is taking emergency action to start work on protecting the Glenn Highway from Matanuska River waters North of Sutton. State Representative Jim Colver says he viewed the damage from river erosion Monday, and has requested emergency help from DOT. Download Audio:

Dead Fish, Wildlife In Aleutians May Be Victims Of Toxic Algae Outbreak

Scientists have been receiving reports of dead and dying whales, birds and small fish in the Aleutian Islands. They think it might be from toxic algae proliferating, thanks to unusually warm ocean temperatures. Download Audio

Forgiving Without Forgetting: A Tlingit Village Up in Smoke

In 1962, the Douglas Indian Village was set ablaze to make way for a new harbor. This month marks 53 years since the city displaced households of Tlingit T’aaku Kwáan families. Little to no restitution has ever been offered. Download Audio

Denali Wolf Hunt Nears Opening Despite Low Population Numbers

Wolf hunting season is scheduled to open next month in and around Denali National Park, despite record low wolf numbers. This spring, Park biologists counted fewer than 50 Denali wolves, heightening a long running battle over the popularly viewed animals. Download Audio

Groups seek halt to POW wolf hunting, logging

Citing a state study that shows a sharp decline in the wolf population on Prince of Wales Island and surrounding islands, six conservation groups have asked state and federal officials to take steps to help preserve the remaining animals. Download Audio

Ex-Senator, Troubled Airline Promise Unalaskans Improved Service

Unalaska got a visit from a former senator on Wednesday. Former U.S. Senator Mark Begich came to town to do some public relations work for Grant Aviation.

UAS names director of Ketchikan campus as interim provost

The University of Alaska Southeast has announced Priscilla Schulte as this school year's interim provost, while the search for a permanent provost is expected to begin in August.