Alaska News Nightly: July 3, 2008

The State Supreme Court gives clean water initiative a clean bill of health.  Also, we’ll pay a visit to a Navy spy ship. Plus, a preview of tomorrow’s Mount Marathon race in Seward. And a creepy, crawly taxidermy technique that’s winning converts in Kodiak . Those stories and more on tonight’s Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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State Supreme Court gives thumbs up to the Clean Water Initiative
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Voters will have the final word on an initiative that would set water standards for the mining industry in the state.  The State Supreme Court this morning rejected a challenge by the Pebble Limited Partnership and the Council of Alaska Producers to Ballot Measure Four – the Clean Water initiative.

Board of Game to use means testing for Tier 2 subsistence permits

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
A Superior court decision has cleared the way for the state Board of Game to use income as part of the criteria used for scoring tier 2 subsistence permits. The board will not use resident’s income this year because the court mandated that income consideration must make adjustments for cost of living in various communities–information they don’t currently have– but board members will consider the income guideline in the future.

Poking around a Navy spy ship
John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau
Juneau residents got a chance this week to board a Navy spy ship. The Ocean Survey Vessel “Bold” is parked at the Coast Guard dock in downtown Juneau.

Creepy-crawly workers tops in their field
Mary Donaldson, KMXT – Kodiak
A business in Kodiak uses a unique method to prepare hunters’ big game trophies. The company, which has 50-thousand workers, would be the island’s largest employer by far, if the owner actually paid them.

US House voted to continue cold-weather training for Alaska Coast Guard

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
Alaska-based Coast Guardsmen will continue to receive cold-weather survival training under a bill passed this spring by the US House of Representatives. The bill still must pass the senate.

What it takes to conquer Mount Marathon

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Alaska’s top trail runners are gearing up for one of the toughest challenges of the season: the Mount Marathon race in Seward. The course climbs- and then descends- an impossibly steep 3,000″ in just over three miles. But the extreme nature of the event hasn’t hurt participation – runners pay as much as one thousand dollars to compete.