Alaska News Nightly: December 20, 2007

The Legislative Ethics Committee is out with two rulings on lawmakers.   Plus, a fire destroys one of the largest churches in Northwest Alaska.  Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Fire destroys Selawik church
David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
The Friend’s Church in the village of Selawik was destroyed by a fire this morning.  Selawik has close to 1000 residents, and is located about 100 miles southwest of Kotzebue.

Ethics Committee rules on two lawmakers
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
It dismissed a complaint against former House Speaker Pete Kott, and upheld a complaint against current House Speaker John Harris.

Wing ships may come to Southeast Alaska
John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau
Anchorage-based Pacific Seaflight had asked Juneau to exempt its proposed floatplane-like wingships from maritime speed limits near the city’s small boat harbors. The Assembly granted the request.

Senator returns from Pakistan, India
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Pakistan and India may be half way around the world, but State Senator Bill Wielechowski thinks the countries offer important lessons for Alaska.

Energy bill lacks funding for Tongass area schools
Lisa Phu, KSTK – Wrangell
Many Southeast communities are focused on what it doesn’t include: funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Act.

Plan would open over 1 million acres for gas and mining
Anne Hillman, KDLG – Dillingham
Bureau of Land Management officials discussed the proposed resource management plan for Bristol Bay in Dillingham earlier this week.

Tough summer for walrus in the Arctic
Eileen Goode, KDLG – Dillingham
The Bristol Bay Eskimo Walrus Commission is noticing a troubling trend among the mostly male animals in their region.

Alaska leads nation in dog bites, says study

Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The State Division of Epidemiology study documents the number of dog bites that required hospitalization in Alaska between 1991 and 2002.

Lake Clark ornament adorns White House tree
Mike Mason, KBBI – Homer
The official White Wouse Christmas tree features an ornament celebrating Alaska’s Lake Clark National Park.

More of Denali opened for snow machine use

Ben Markus, KUAC – Fairbanks
Southern Denali National Park is now open for snow machines.