Alaska News Nightly June 25 2014

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first_imgIndividual news 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 AudioCity of Bethel Investigation Reveals Improper Contracts and Perks Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelThe Bethel City Council has released a redacted version of its investigation into city contracts, nepotism, and personnel issues.  The investigation led to the firing of Bethel’s city manager in May.NOAA Considers State’s Petition To Delist HumpbackLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will look into whether to take the Central North Pacific humpback whale off the Endangered Species list.The State of Alaska submitted a petition to remove the whale from the list at the end of February. NOAA announced today it has enough information to warrant further research. This is the second petition NOAA has received to take endangered protections away from the humpback whale.Pavlof Volcano Downgraded To Lowest Alert Level Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaThe Alaska Volcano Observatory has downgraded Pavlof to the lowest alert level. Volcanologist Tina Neal says the volcano isn’t producing new lava flows. And it hasn’t released much ash since early this month.Questions Remain Despite Successful Missile Defense TestDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists is calling the Ground Based Midcourse Missile Defense System, less than proven, despite Sunday’s successful test over the Pacific Ocean.National Parks Prohibiting UAVsAaron Berner, KUAC – FairbanksA new National Park Service policy prohibits the use of unmanned aircraft. It’s intended to give the agency time to assess the risks and benefits of allowing UAV’s in Parks.Alaska’s STD Rates IncreaseAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe state’s Department of Health is reporting an increase in sexually transmitted diseases in Alaska. In 2013, Gonorrhea and syphilis infections were up more than 50 percent from 2012. Alaska was ranked first in the nation for Chlamydia infections in 2013. And in just the first five months of this year, 23 new cases of HIV have been diagnosed and reported. That’s one less than last year’s total.State Scores Well On Long-Term Care Report CardJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageAlaska ranked 5th in the nation in a recent state scorecard on long-term services for older adults, the disabled, and family caregivers. However, local experts say gaps in the system can cause big problems.Salmon Signs Appear And Disappear In BethelDaysha Eaton, KSKA – AnchorageBrightly colored wooden fish signs have been posted along Bethel roads this summer. The signs, with conservation messages, come in a year of king salmon closures never seen before on the Kuskokwim River. But just as quickly as the signs went up, they’ve been disappearing.last_img

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Elephant cries when freed after 50 years in captivity

first_imgTHIS IS RAJU. Source: Wildlife SOSHe recently took his first steps as a free elephant after living in captivity for 50 years, thanks to the UK charity Wildlife SOS.The charity believe Raju was poached from the wilds at an early age and has been working as a ‘begging elephant’ in Allahabad, India for half a century – during which time he was beaten, starved and chained with spikes that made it painful for him to move. Source: Wildlife SOS Source: Wildlife SOSThe charity obtained permission from the authorities to free Raju and take him to an animal shelter to recover and rest at last.According to the Wildlife SOS website, the rescue operation began on 2 July and was not without its difficulties – Raju’s owners were uncooperative and pulled the chains and spikes on his legs tighter to prevent the team from freeing him.When the team finally attempted to remove his chains, the elephant appeared to cry with relief. Source: Wildlife SOS Source: New York Daily News/YouTubeNow, the charity say, the process of healing will have to begin. He is being treated for the wounds caused by years in spiked chains, and chowing down on all types of delicious fruit. Source: Wildlife SOS“More than anything, now is the time for Raju to rest,” the charity says on their website. “After 50 years, he deserves it.”We’re not crying. There’s something in our eye.Goat tries to make sense of an inflatable chair, fails>Bo the dog is terrified to pass the cat on the stairs, and we don’t blame him>last_img

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Sheriffs office asking for help in child molestation case

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information related to an ongoing child molestation case in which the suspect is involved with multiple local church youth and civic groups, and other youth activities. Robert Wilson Rector, 28, of Vancouver was formally charged in June in Clark County Superior Court with three counts of third-degree child molestation, one count of attempted third-degree child molestation and one count of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation.The sheriff’s office said Rector has been involved with multiple youth activity groups since 2009, and his participation included out-of-state travel with the organizations.Investigators say they believe there may be additional victims or witnesses with information relevant to the case.According to an affidavit of probable cause, three males described incidents where Rector touched them sexually. All three said the abuse occurred when they were about 15 or younger.Court records say Rector, a leader in a church youth group, would sometimes host gatherings at his home. The three victims recalled instances where group members would stay overnight at Rector’s house — which wasn’t an uncommon occurrence, they said — then wake to find Rector sexually abusing them. One of the victims said Rector also snapped photos of him while he slept.last_img

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