Alaska News Nightly: June 28, 2013

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House Passes Bill To Increase Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling

Peter Granitz, APRN – Washington DC

The U.S. House passed a bill this morning that aims to increase offshore oil and gas drilling. The bill has no chance in the Senate.

Polar Star Headed For Arctic Ice Trials

Audrey Carlson, KUCB – Unalaska

The United States’ only heavy icebreaker will soon be back in service after a four-year, $90 million renovation. The USCGC Polar Star is scheduled to leave Unalaska Friday to undergo several weeks of ice trials in the Arctic.

Village Consortium Discusses Regional Impacts Of Development

Diana Haecker, Nome Nugget

A consortium of 10 Arctic, coastal village corporations recently formed the Bering Sea Alliance and invited Shell, ConocoPhillips and Statoil to a meeting in the community of Wales. The Seward Peninsula village is northwest of Nome. With increased ship traffic through the Bering Strait and the prospect of off shore oil and gas development in the area, village corporation leaders want to be at the table with resource producers to discuss impacts to their region.

Sea Lion Pup Born At SeaLife Center

Sara Bernard, APRN – Anchorage

The Alaska SeaLife Center is celebrating the birth of the Steller sea lion pup they’ve been anxiously awaiting. The female pup was born at 5:35am on June 20, with no complications. Both pup and mother are healthy.

New Policies Change Yukon Commercial, Subsistence Fishing

Kyle Clayton, KYUK – Bethel

An unprecedented set of new policies from Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game are changing the way Yukon commercial and subsistence fisherman have been fishing their entire lives. Some residents are using Kenai River style dip nets for the first time and catching lots of fish.

Family Of Man Shot By Officer Holds Vigil, Calls For Change

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Friends and family members of the man who was shot and killed by an Anchorage Police Officer Monday held a vigil for him last night.

AK: A Remote Cruise

Stephanie Joyce, KUCB – Unalaska

It’s not often that cruise ships call in the far western Aleutian port of Adak, but earlier this month, one did just that. The 295-ft Caledonian Sky wound up in Adak after bad weather forced the ship to bypass its original destination, the uninhabited island of Attu.

The unexpected visit temporarily doubled the population of the remote community — and turned some Adak residents into tourists in their own town.

300 Villages: Teller

Sara Bernard, APRN – Anchorage

This week we’ll go to Teller, a village on the Bering Sea north of Nome. Dolly Kugzruk lives in Teller, Alaska.

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