Alaska News Nightly: July 29, 2013

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Oil Tax Referendum Meets Ballot Requirements

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – Juneau

An effort to repeal a tax cut on oil companies hit the magic number for its referendum to get on the ballot.

False Pass Inches Closer To Ocean Energy

Audrey Carlsen, KUCB – Unalaska

Fishermen and scientists have known for years about the extremely strong ocean currents that rush past the Aleutian town of False Pass. A recent study shows it might be viable as a power source for the town, but there’s still plenty of work to be done.

Almost All Fuel Removed From ‘Lone Star’

Mike Mason, KDLG – Dillingham

The work to get the fuel off the sunken tender Lone Star is nearly complete. The vessel has been leaking fuel into a salmon producing river in Bristol Bay for nearly a month.

Mat-Su Voters To Decide On Alcohol Tax

Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage

Matanuska Susitana Borough Assemblyman Steve Colligan wants an area- wide alcohol tax to help fund Borough expenses.

Alaska Dental Therapist Program Serves As Model

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

A mid-level dental practitioner program that got its start in Australia more than a hundred years ago then came to Alaska, is being taken up in a few dozen states across the country.

Galena Residents Finding New Living Space

Jeremy Scott, KIYU – Galena

While the Galena City School District is getting dorms ready for its vocational school students, Galena residents, are finding new living quarters.

Fairbanks Registers 12 Day Above 85 Degrees

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

It got up to 88 degrees in Fairbanks on Sunday, the 12th day this summer it’s crested 85 – an all time record.

It’s been 80 or warmer on 28 days so far according to the National Weather Service. That ties the summer of 1990 for second place, and is just two days short of the record thirty 80 degree days logged in 2004.

Marine Reptile Fossils Found On Gravina Island

Leila Kheiry, KRBD – Ketchikan

This spring, a team of geologists went fossil hunting on Gravina Island, and returned victorious. They came across fossil beds that contain what they’ve identified as ichthyosaur bones.

Ted Stevens Day At NOAA Honors, Educates

Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau

Hundreds of people poured into Juneau’s Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute, or Auke Bay Laboratories, on Friday, a day set aside to honor its namesake and his legacy in Alaska.

Stevens was killed in a plane crash in 2010 and the next year the Alaska Legislature made every fourth Saturday in July “Ted Stevens Day.” It was July 27th this year, so the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hosted an open house the day before at the Auke Bay laboratories.

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