Alaska News Nightly, Thursday September 22, 2016

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Two officers injured by gunshots in South Anchorage standoff

Josh Edge/APRN/Zachariah Hughes/Anchorage

Two officers have been wounded by gunshots from a barricaded suspect in an on-going standoff in South Anchorage.


Questions surround Walker’s gas line plan

Elizabeth Harball/AlaskaEnergyDesk/Anchorage

Earlier this week, we heard Governor Bill Walker make the case that his new gas line plan will finally get the project off the drawing board and into the ground.

Permanent Fund will not invest in oil and tax credits

Rachel Waldholz/AED/Anchorage

The Permanent Fund Corporation has rejected a proposal from Governor Bill Walker’s administration to invest in state oil tax credits.

Fairbanks Police Chief on administrative leave

Robert Hannon/KUAC/Fairbanks

The Fairbanks Police Chief is on administrative leave today. The City issued a release Wednesday saying Chief Randall Aragon is on paid administrative leave while the city looks into conflict of interest charges. The release states Deputy Chief Brad Johnson will be acting chief during the investigation.

Murkowski launches big Alaska bills whose days are numbered

Liz Ruskin/AlaskaPublic/Washington

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski this morning brought some of her most controversial Alaska bills to the energy and natural resources committee, which she chairs. There are only a few legislative days left before Congress takes a recess for the election. The controversial bills stand almost no chance of becoming law in this Congress but as APRN’s Liz Ruskin reports, murkowski hopes some can still pack a punch.

Mat-Su Borough lawsuit could stall commercial marijuana in the valley

Ellen Lockyear,AlaskaPublic/Anchorage

A lawsuit challenging an upcoming Matanuska-Susitna Borough ballot initiative could stall a vote on banning commercial marijuana in the Valley.  As Alaska Public Media’s Ellen Lockyer reports, attorneys for the  Borough filed a response Monday,[sept.19] arguing that the suit could wreak havoc with the Borough’s October fourth election.

Providence directs nearly $1M to homeless causes in Anchorage

Zachariah Hughes/AlaskaPublic/Anchorage

Providence Hospital in Anchorage is donating nearly a million dollars to programs focused on ending homelessness.

Bent Colombia propeller shrinks Southeast ferry service

Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska/Juneau

Providence Hospital in Anchorage is donating nearly a million dollars to programs focused on ending homelessness.

A peaceful Rally

Maria Dudzak/KRBD/Ketchikan

A peaceful gathering took place Monday afternoon in Saxman in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. But speakers expressed concerns beyond what is happening in North Dakota.  KRBD’s Maria Dudzak (DUD-zack) attended, and has this report.

Eric Bork, or you can just call him “Bork” because everybody else does, is the FM Operations Manager for KSKA-FM. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the FM broadcast. He produces and edits episodes of Outdoor Explorer, the Alaska-focused outdoors program. He also maintains the web posts for that show. You may have heard him filling in for Morning Edition or hosting All Things Considered and can still find him operating the soundboard for any of the live broadcast programs.

After escaping the Detroit area when he was 18, Bork made it up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where he earned a degree in Communications/Radio Broadcasting from Northern Michigan University. He spent time managing the college radio station, working for the local NPR affiliate, and then in top 40 radio in Michigan before coming to Alaska to work his first few summers. After then moving to Chicago, it only took five years to convince him to move back to Alaska in 2010. When not involved in great radio programming he’s probably riding a bicycle, thinking about riding bicycles, dreaming about bikes, reading a book, or planning the next place he’ll travel to. Only two continents left to conquer!

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