Alaska News Nightly: December 3, 2007

Anchorage police have a man in custody who’s admitted to a string of violent attacks over the last two days that resulted in two deaths and three serious injuries. Plus, two companies expected to submit proposals to build a natural gas line explain why they opted out. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Violent Anchorage crime spree ends; suspect admits to shootings
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
A Monday morning car-jacking chase in Anchorage resulted in police apprehending a man originally sought for the Sunday killing of his father near Palmer. Now the man is also charged with an Anchorage murder and two other shooting attacks.

AGIA draws proposals from five companies, oil giants not among them
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Five companies have shown an interest in building a pipeline to deliver natural gas from the North Slope under the terms of Governor Palin’s Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA). However, some major players are not on the list.

Kott lawyer seeks 3-year prison max; maintains innocence
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
A lawyer for convicted former-lawmaker Pete Kott is asking a judge to sentence his client to roughly three years in prison, about 1/3 of what the prosecution requested. Kott was convicted in September on charges of bribery, conspiracy and extortion, but in a sentencing memorandum filed today, Kott maintains his innocence. Sentencing is set for Friday (12/07/2007).

Governor’s healthcare strategies summit kicks off in Anchorage
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Health care professionals gathered Monday in Anchorage for the Alaska Health Summit. Governor Palin established the council last February to develop a health care action plan for Alaska. Today members of the Health Care Strategies Planning Council gave preliminary policy goals to the group.

Wind power coming to Savoonga in 2008, other villages soon after
Jacob Buckenmeyer, KNOM – Nome
The village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island should be getting wind turbines by next year, Gambell is not far behind and other rural Alaskan communities are in the works as well.

Alaskan Christmas tree business may boom with market and climate changes
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Changing climate and consumer preferences could make Alaska a good place to grow Christmas trees. Bob Wheeler is a forester with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. He says American tree tastes have switched to species favorable to Alaska’s warming climate.

Baby oysters by the handful in southeast Alaska. Click the photo to see three photos from the nursery. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau

Prince of Wales nursery spurs oyster farming
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Alaska shellfish farmers are getting a boost from a small nursery on Prince of Wales Island. A community-based operation in Naukati raises oysters from tiny, sand-grain dots to a size easier to raise in net pens. Backers say the operation is helping develop the state’s aquaculture industry while building the former logging camp’s local economy.

Doctor survives surprise bear attack on Admiralty Island
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
A Juneau physician is recovering from a broken bone in his left hand and other wounds after being attacked by a brown bear on an Admiralty Island beach Friday morning.