Alaska News Nightly Monday August 17 2015

first_imgShell Gets Final Approval To Drill Into Oil-Bearing Rock in the ChukchiJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Interior Department gave final approval to Shell Oil to drill into oil-bearing rocks at the company’s “Burger J” drilling site. The company has until late September to complete this summer’s exploratory drilling.24 Apache Choppers To Nest At Ft. WainwrightDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe first U.S. Army apache helicopters to be based in Alaska are scheduled to arrive at Fort Wainwright this week. They’re part of a new unit that will include 24 helicopters and 400 soldiers.Legislators Plot Their Next Move As Medicaid Rollout LoomsAssociated PressA legislative committee plans to meet Tuesday to discuss whether or not to challenge Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to expand Medicaid in Alaska.Bethel Preschool Trashed by VandalsBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelVandals in Bethel smashed school district car windows and trashed preschool classrooms over the weekend.VA Sec. Visits Point Hope, Kotzebue; Bush Vets Share The Woes of Accessing Remote CareEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeThe Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, traveled to Point Hope and Kotzebue to address their concerns. Remote access to care and information are among the most common problem facing veterans in Alaska.Staffing the Grill & State: Walker’s First Governor’s PicnicElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauBill Walker hosted his first Governor’s Picnic in Juneau on Friday at the University of Alaska Southeast.2015 Dungeness Season: Lackluster Against 2014’s Harvest, But Still AverageJoe Sykes, KFSK – PetersburgSoutheast’s Dungeness summer crab season ended on Saturday. There aren’t any preliminary numbers yet but it’s looking as if this year hasn’t got close to the bumper season crab fishermen had last summer.Roasting Twinkies And Other Wisdom From Kid Camp In the TogiakMolly Dischner, KDLG – DillinghamThe Togiak National Wildlife Refuge encompasses almost five million acres in southwestern Alaska. Each year, refuge staff organizes a high school science camp, conducted via float trip, to show area students a little sliver of the refuge in their backyard. Earlier this month, six students from Dillingham and Twin Hills floated the Pungokepuk River.Dispatch From the Couch: Google Trekker Lets You ‘Hike’ the Chilkoot TrailGreta Mart, KHNS – HainesA century ago, to hike to the Klondike gold fields via the Chilkoot Trail meant a grueling trek carrying a required one ton of supplies–enough to last a year. Soon armchair hikers can breeze along the 33-mile trail virtually, in a few minutes, using Google’s Street View. Stories 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 @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more