Alaska News Nightly: March 12, 2009

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Masek Pleads Guilty To Bribery Conspiracy
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Former Willow representative Beverly Masek was charged in U.S. district judge Royce Beistline’s court today with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery going back to 2003, when she agreed to withdraw an oil tax bill she’d filed allegedly in return for a 2000 dollar payment from then VECO head Bill Allen.

Warming Climate Impacts GDP
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Climate change requires immediate action and businesses like the insurance industry need to think about how a warming climate will affect them. That’s the message the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation heard today.

Murkowski Says Obama Punishing Oil and Gas Industry
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington D.C.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar underwent a friendly confirmation process when he got his job earlier this year. But the man he wants to tap as his Deputy Secretary wasn’t so lucky today in Washington. David Hayes heard complaints and criticisms from Republican members of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, who are upset with the direction of the Obama Administration.

Leaders Head For Iditarod Checkpoint
Annie Feidt and David Shurtleff, APRN – Anchorage
The leaders of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race are on their way to the remote Iditarod checkpoint. Aaron Burmeister was the first set out on the 90 mile trip this morning. He left the Ophir checkpoint at 6:17, with Hugh Neff, Lance Mackey, Sebastian Schnuelle and Jeff King close behind.

Chevak Basketball Teams Push Through Grief For Victory
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
High School Basketball teams across Alaska faced-off last weekend in hopes of advancing to the State Tournament. The village of Chevak had the distinction of qualifying both their boys and girls teams. The accomplishment was the long time dream of Coach Lena Ferguson. But Ferguson passed away just three days before the start of the regional tournament. Her players say she was with them all the way to the final buzzer.

Low Yukon Salmon Run Worries Canadian Managers
Brian Boyle, CBC – Whitehorse, YT
Canadian fisheries managers are gearing up for another critically low salmon run on the Yukon River.

State Game Board Changes Nelchina Caribou Hunt Rules
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The state board of Game wrapped up meetings in Anchorage earlier this week. One decision by the board changed the rules governing the Nelchina caribou hunt, eliminating the scoring system called tier 2 that used criteria such as income and how long you had hunted in the area. The new system allocates a portion of the available moose and caribou to 8 Ahtna villages. Other hunters can apply to hunt the remaining available game.

Sitka Works To Reduce CO2 Emissions
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, KCAW – Sitka
Sitka hopes to reduce it’s CO2 emissions twenty five percent by 2020. The assembly passed a resolution Tuesday night that will try to reach that goal. Sitka’s CO2 emissions are about half what most US cities emit, and on par with Norway’s per capita emissions, according to information given to the assembly Tuesday by members of the Climate Action Task Force.