Alaska News Nightly: November 10, 2008

The Division of Elections working its way through more than 90,000 additional ballots from last week’s election. Plus, Anchorage Police find success with a new law that punishes repeat traffic offenders who refuse to pay their debt to the city. Those stories and more tonight on Alaska News Nightly, broadcast statewide on APRN stations.

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A week later, Alaska’s votes only 60% counted
Dave Donaldson, APRN and Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO
The Division of Elections now faces counting close to 40% of the votes cast in last week’s general election.

Unsure of voting outcome, legislators delay leadership decisions
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
The final organization of the state legislature is on hold until all the votes are counted.

U.S. Forest Service and and Board of Game disagree on wildlife issues
John Ryan, KTOO – Juneau
The U.S. Forest Service and State wildlife officials don’t see eye-to-eye on wildlife issues on Kuiu Island in Southeast Alaska. Tongass National Forest supervisor Forrest Cole told the Alaska Board of Game on Friday he supports most of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposals for changes in wildlife management in Southeast Alaska.

Research indicates fungi not a global warming threat
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
A new study shows mushrooms and other fungi could help fight global warming in boreal forests in Alaska and around the world.

Fire consumes home in Kisgluk despite hours-long battle
Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK – Bethel
A fire in the village of Kasigluk near Bethel destroyed a house, leaving a family of 6 homeless. Volunteers fought the fire for 7 hours to keep it from spreading to other buildings.

Targeting “scofflaw” drivers working out for Anchorage
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
For just about a year, the municipality of Anchorage has actively pursued “scofflaw drivers” — those drivers who have accumulated more than $1,000 in unpaid moving violations. Supported by a state law, Anchorage Police (APD) officers who pull over a scofflaw driver can impound and, in some cases, seize the vehicle. This fall it appears that the APD has taken the law to a new level of sorts.

Kodiak skaters subject of short film. But not really.
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
A Kodiak High School student has produced a short film that has been selected for the Anchorage International Film Festival. Hannah Kaplan talks about her mockumentary exploring the fictional world of professional female skateboarders — in Kodiak.