Alaska News Nightly: January 10, 2008

Governor Palin rejects Conoco Phillips gasline proposal. Plus, presidential candidates eye Alaska electoral votes, and Joshua Wade’s lawyer calls it quits. Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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Governor rejects Conoco Phillips gasline proposal
Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau
In a letter to Conoco Phillips CEO James Mulva, governor Palin said the company’s proposal “falls critically short of meeting the state’s key objectives” of a gasline project.

Presidential candidates turn their eyes to Alaska

Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Alaska’s getting more attention from the Presidential candidates.  Democrat Hillary Clinton has plans to open a campaign office in Anchorage. And the campaign for fellow Democrat Barack Obama is sending two more staffers to the state. With tight races for the nomination in both parties, and Alaska’s caucuses happening on Super Tuesday- voters in the state could be more important in the selection than ever before

Joshua Wade’s lawyer quits
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Joshua Wade’s attorney has resigned.  U-S Public Defender Mary Geddes  has handled his case ever since his first appearance in federal court.  Wade is accused of using Mindy Schloss’s ATM card in early August to make two 500 dollar withdrawals.    Schloss was last seen alive August
3rd.  Her body was found September 13th in thick woods near Wasilla.

In search of the elusive lamprey
Tim Bodony, KIYU – Galena
The commercial harvest of lamprey eel on the Yukon River turned out to be mostly a bust last month.  The boneless parasites return to Alaska rivers each winter in droves, and fishermen in western and Interior Alaska catch the lamprey by cutting holes in the river ice and scooping
them out with dipnets.  But this winter, the lamprey were elusive.

Wind power workshop taking place in Bethel

Kenny Steele, KYUK – Bethel
The Yukon Kuskokwim Regional Wind Development workshop is happening in Bethel today and tomorrow.  Village residents that already have wind power are mingling with villages who are interested in pursuing it.  The village of Toksook Bay is happy with the alternative energy system they have installed.

Zenn (zero emissions, no noise!) cars come to Kodiak

Jay Barrett. KMXT – Kodiak
A couple of unique cars rolled off the Sampson barge in Kodiak Tuesday and their owner would love to see more of them plying the streets of Kodiak.

Trying to get a leg up on Alaska business
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Information brings profits. At least that was the premise this week as the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce held a day long conference designed to give its business participants an information edge in the Alaska marketplace.

Starring grows in Valdez
Amy Bracken, KCHU – Valdez
For most Alaskans, Christmas was over at midnight December 25th. But for some residents of Native coastal communities, it ended early this morning. It’s known as Russian Christmas – an Orthodox holiday that honors the three wisemen’s visit to the newborn Jesus. Over three nights, January 7th, 8th and 9th, it’s celebrated across Prince William Sound.  And in Valdez, the celebration is growing.