Alaska News Nightly: November 19, 2012

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BBNC Board Member Charged With Sexual Assault

Dave Bendinger, KDLG – Dillingham

A board member for the Bristol Bay Native Corporation has been charged with sexually assaulting a female. 45 year old Sergie Chukwak, of Naknek, is accused of assaulting the woman on Nov. 5. This morning, he appeared before the magistrate in Dillingham telephonically from the courthouse in Naknek.

Leone: CG 6017 ‘Hit Something We Never Saw’

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

In 2010, a Coast Guard helicopter crash in Washington State claimed the lives of three airmen from Sitka. Today, for the first time, we’ll hear from the sole survivor of the incident: Lieutenant Lance Leone.

Kreiss-Tomkins Has A 28-Vote Lead

The Associated Press

Political newcomer, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, has taken a 28-vote lead in the race for a state House seat from southeast Alaska.

Light Sheen Spotted Near Grounded Tug

Alexandra Gutierrez, KUCB – Unalaska

A light sheen has been spotted near two vessels that grounded off the Alaska Peninsula.

Alaska Native Inspires ‘Champions For Change’

Peter Granitz, APRN – Anchorage

A think tank in Washington D.C. is launching a program to elevate Native youth who show promise for shaping future Native policy. It’s looking to an Alaska Native woman for inspiration.

Lend Lease Program Has Long-Lasting Impact

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

It’s the 70th anniversary of the start of the Lend Lease program.  The World War 2 era U.S. aid effort included the transfer of thousands of American made planes to Russia from Fairbanks. Lend lease has had a lasting impact on the interior city and fellow air hub communities in the Russian Far East.

Anchorage Snow Totals Well Below Average

Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

November is usually the second snowiest month in Anchorage, but this year, snow totals are well below average. So far, only about three inches of snow has fallen in the city. November usually sees an average of seven inches by now, with a total of a little more than 13 inches for the month. National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Snider says total snowfall for the season is also well below normal.

Solving The Childcare Crisis In Rural Alaska

Anne Hillman, APRN Contributor & Jessica Cochran, Kids These Days

Finding quality, affordable childcare for young children can be a challenge anywhere in Alaska. It’s especially difficult in rural Alaska’s hub communities – where the cost of living is high and space is often hard to find.  It becomes a factor in attracting professionals to jobs at regional health and other organizations. In the next installment of our series “Being Young in Rural Alaska” from the producers of Kids These Days, Anne Hillman takes a look at how some communities are trying to meet the challenge.

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