Alaska News Nightly Thursday Oct 20 2016

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 Now AFN convention opens with awards and keynote addressEllen Lockyer and Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Alaska Federation of Natives opened it’s 50th annual convention with a healing ceremony this morning in Fairbanks.Interior Secretary Jewell to address AFN FridayJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageU.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will address the AFN Convention tomorrow.Rural opioid and heroin addiction discussedDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksRepresentatives of the AFN and the National Congress of American Indians met Wednesday to discuss a range of topics, including opioid and heroin addiction in rural Alaska. Alaska State Trooper Sargent Kevin Blanchette with the western Alaska Drug Enforcement unit was among several presenters on the issue.Right-to-farm Supreme Court arguments heard at Colony High SchoolEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchoragePalmer’s Colony High School was the site chosen by the Alaska Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in a case that could test the state’s right-to-farm law. The state’s highest court convened Wednesday at the school as part of an outreach program – Supreme Court LIVE – that helps to teach students about Alaska’s judicial system.As objection hearings wrap, countdown to new Tongass planElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe U.S. Forest Service wrapped up objection hearings Wednesday on a plan that could shape the future of timber in the Tongass National Forest.Skagway celebration marks completion of fiber-optic cable installationAbbey Collins, KHNS – HainesStakeholders from around the region are gathering in Skagway Friday, to celebrate the completion of a project that promises to improve internet in the Upper Lynn Canal.Following month of leave, Fairbanks police chief returns to workDan Bross, KUACCity of Fairbanks Police Chief Randall Aragon is back on the job. Chief Aragon was reinstated yesterday after nearly a month on administrative leave.Bethel Catholic priest died of natural causes rather than fire says medical examinerCharles Enoch, KYUK – BethelThe State Medical Examiner has confirmed that 72-year-old Catholic Father Theodore Kestler died of natural causes before the fire started that destroyed the priest’s house in Chefornak. The Fire Marshal’s office said the fire started from candles that were lit in the home.Potential Wrangell pot business applies for licensesAaron Bolton, KSTK – WrangellThe Wrangell Assembly passed a zoning ordinance last week that made way for marijuana businesses in Wrangell. Now, Wrangell’s only proposed pot business, Happy Cannabis, is initiating its applications with the state, beginning the final push for construction to be complete.In St. Paul, this Alaskan vows ‘Never Trump’Zoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaTonight we hear from Bill Briggs of Saint Paul. Briggs is 60. He’s lived in Saint Paul for ten years, and manages the island’s seafood processing plant. And he is definitely not on the Trump train.Will this winter be snowy? Don’t believe anyone who says they know for sureRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThis week [, Juneau saw its first snowfall before Fairbanks for the first time in some 70 years. Right now, with the exception of the southern Kenai Peninsula and Southeast Alaska, the whole state is below normal for snow – from Anchorage to Fairbanks to Barrow. That’s leaving a lot of Alaskans wondering – is this a sign of what’s to come?last_img

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