Alaska News Nightly: September 20, 2013

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Arctic Ocean Sea Ice Hit’s Seasonal Low

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage

As cold weather dips down into Southcentral Alaska, word comes that the Arctic Ocean has begun freezing up.  The sea ice low was hit on Friday the 13th of September, according to a press release Friday from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Chevak Artifacts Land In Dump

Marvin Pavilla, KYUK – Bethel

In the village of Chevak on the Bering Sea Coast, dozens of Cup’iq artifacts like masks, harpoons, and dance regalia ended up in the village dump.

Dozens Sheltered By Red Cross After Anchorage Apartment Fire

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

Dozens of people displaced by a fire Thursday in the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage will sleep at a shelter tonight. The fire burned a 38-unit apartment building, which is a total loss.

Anchorage Labor Law Headed For Alaska Supreme Court

Daysha Eaton, KSKA – Anchorage

It looks like a controversial labor law passed by the Anchorage Assembly earlier this year, is headed to the highest court in Alaska.

Budget Woes Headline UAF Address

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers warned of budget constraints in his annual fall convocation address Thursday.

UAA Introduces New Athletic Director

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s incoming athletic director addressed the media Friday for the first time. He made clear that he views his job as being about more than just athletics.

Scotty Gomez Foundation Hockey Association Partners With ASD To Revive Girls’ High School Hockey

Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

The Anchorage School District’s girls’ hockey program is back in business. The Scotty Gomez Foundation Hockey Association announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement with ASD to offer girls’ hockey as an outsourced high school varsity sports program.

Troupe Prepares Gravity-Defying Show On Museum Facade

Liz Ruskin, APRN – Anchorage

A platoon of artists, dancers and rock climbers has been working for months to transform the glass front of the Anchorage Museum into a multi-media vertical stage. The creators call it an “urban art intervention” and it all comes together Saturday night for a one-time performance.

AK: Salvage

Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – Unalaska

For more than 30 years, Dan Magone has run around Alaska bailing out vessels in distress. In the process, he’s developed a multimillion-dollar marine salvage business – and a reputation. Magone is a daredevil to some, and a savior to others.

But now, he’s the one being saved. Facing rising debt, Magone is selling his shop in Unalaska to a larger company. It’s enough to keep the lights on, but it’s going to be a big adjustment for the man at the center of Alaska’s salvage industry.

300 Villages: Manokotak

This week we’re heading to Manokotak, a community of about 450 people, west of Dillingham on the Igushik River. Lillian Gamechuk is the tribal administrator in Manakotak.

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