Alaska News Nightly Friday Sept 15 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWalker to add crime bill to October special sessionAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauA rise in crime in Alaska has led Governor Bill Walker to seek a bill in the special session next month (October) that would allow more jail time for some thefts and other crimes.How more communities can follow Kodiak’s renewable energy modelRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageKodiak generates almost 100 percent of its power with renewable energy.The local co-op has managed to do that while keeping electric rates stable. In fact, the price of electricity in Kodiak has dropped slightly since 2000.Former Alaska first lady passes, remembered as “frank and friendly”Lori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageErmalee Hickel, the wife of former Governor Wally Hickel, died yesterday. Though her husband’s outsized personality may have overshadowed her at times those who knew her say she was a strong woman of faith and family.Trump administration moves to lift ban on oil assessment in ANWRElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Washington Post is reporting that the Trump administration is trying to allow more in-depth studies of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s oil potential.PFD amount announced: $1,100Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe State of Alaska has announced the dollar figure for this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend.UAV industry reps discuss the vehicles’ future in FairbanksDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksUse of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the north is the focus of meetings in Fairbanks this week. The University of Alaska Fairbanks “Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Integration” is hosting industry representatives to talk about UAV based operations in Alaska and the Arctic.Two killed in highway accident near North PoleTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksTwo drivers were killed last night in a two-vehicle accident on the Richardson Highway near North Pole.Alaska regulators to revisit onsite marijuana use proposalAssociated PressAlaska regulators plan to revisit onsite use of marijuana in cannabis shops around the state in November.On-site pot consumption resolution voted down in Fairbanks AssemblyRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksA resolution supporting on-site consumption of marijuana at licensed establishments was voted down by the Fairbanks Borough Assembly at a meeting Thursday night. A majority of assembly members thought the resolution was going too far, too fast.AK: At Katmai’s Brooks Camp, tourists and bears mingle mostly carefreeDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamPS has recorded only three bear-related incidents dating to 1950 at its most famous viewing spot. Park rangers attribute that to good orientation, supervision, accountability of food and gear, and abundant supply of Bristol Bay sockeye.49 Voices: Jody Dillon of AnchorageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Jody Dillon in Anchorage. Dillon is an environmental scientist who was born in Juneau.last_img read more