Alaska News Nightly: August 22, 2008

A 700-pound brown bear struck by vehicle on busy Anchorage street. Plus, As the summer winds down, and oil and gas prices high, the sale of firewood on the rise. Also, we profile the race for House District 2. Those stories and more tonight on Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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700-pound brown bear struck by vehicle on busy Anchorage street
AP/Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchoragae
State wildlife officials say a brown bear was hit and injured by a vehicle on the edge of downtown Anchorage early this morning. Anchorage police shot and killed the 700 pound bear.

Wood stove sales take off in Fairbanks
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The shift from oil to wood heat has spiked demand for stoves, and heightened pollution concerns. John Crouch with the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association says there’s a national shortage of pellet fired stoves and boilers and some cord wood models – and that’s hitting hard in places where winter comes early, like Alaska.

Sale of firewood on the rise as summer winds down
Emily Schwing, KBBI – Homer
In Homer, the sale of wood is also increasing as more people order and install woodstoves.

Hydrokinetic electricity generation gets a look in the bush
Adam Kane, KDLG – Dillingham
Rural Alaska is on its way to having a new form of electricity. Hydrokinetic Generation is similar to Southeast Alaska’s hydro power, but without the dams. A Texas-based energy company is working towards obtaining permits to install their generators into many sites around the state.

The Republic race for US Senate is not just about Ted Stevens and Dave Cuddy
Eli Menaker, APRN – Anchorage
While most eyes are on the republican battle between Senator Ted Stevens, and Dave Cuddy in this Tuesday’s primary, they aren’t the only candidates vying for the once uncontestable senate seat.

Demcorats vie to represent party in House District 2

Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
One of Alaska’s busiest legislative primaries is in Southeast Alaska. Two Democrats and two Republicans are seeking to represent Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell and several smaller communities in House District 2.

Republicans fight in House District 2 primary
Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK – Petersburg
The two Republicans vying for the house seat representing Petersburg, Wrangell and Sitka are basing their campaigns on residency and experience.

Democratic primary winner in Bethel will be uncontested in general election

Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
The August 26th Primary Election will have a special significance in Bethel and the Lower Kuskokwim. Democratic Representative Mary Nelson is not running for re-election after a decade of service. Three candidates are now vying to take her place and all are running as democrats. That means the primary winner will go uncontested in the General Election.

Obama campaign staff travels to Barrow

Janelle Everett, KRBW – Barrow
The alaska campaign staff of senator Barack Obama spent yesterday in Barrow talking to residents and meeting local leaders.