Alaska News Nightly: March 28, 2013

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Young Not Worried About Ethics Investigation

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

Congressman Don Young says he’s not worried about an investigation into whether he violated ethics rules.

Panel Discusses Alaska Tribal Courts

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

A panel of experts met last night at the University of Alaska Justice Center to discuss Tribal Courts in Alaska.

Anti-Violence Rally Warms Up Campaign To End Assaults On Women, Children

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Bagpipers led Choose Respect marchers in Anchorage today.  The annual event is aimed at heightening awareness of  Alaska’s blight of sexual assault  while gathering support for the state administration’s campaign against domestic violence.

Permafrost Tunnel Undergoing Expansion

Emily Schwing, KUAC – Fairbanks

In the early 1960’s, engineers dug a tunnel into permafrost roughly 16 miles north of Fairbanks.  They were testing underground excavation methods.   The US Bureau of Mines also used part of the original tunnel to test mining techniques in permafrost.  On March 15th, personnel with the Army Corps of Engineer’s Cold Climate Research and Engineering laboratory, or CRREL, wrapped up a months’ worth of digging as part of a project to build a new tunnel that will eventually join the older one.

Kuskpuk Friday In The Legislature

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

On Fridays on Alaska’s Capitol Hill, many female legislators are wearing Kuspuks – the traditional and comfortable Eskimo garment not often seen in boardrooms. It’s also being adopted by some men in the capitol.

Gov. Parnell Declares March 29 Vietnam Veteran’s Day

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

Governor Sean Parnell has signed legislation designating tomorrow, March 29th, Vietnam Veteran’s Day in honor of those who served more than 40 years ago in that conflict. Anchorage resident Ric Davidge is the national chairman for government affairs for Vietnam veterans in America. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He went to Vietnam in 1965 as a 19 year old medic.

Hey says many Vietnam Veterans did well after the war, at least at first.

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