Alaska News Nightly: May 6, 2009

Yukon Flooding Eagle Region
Yukon Flooding Eagle Region

Photo by Carl Stapler – National Parks Service

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Governor Palin Declares Disaster Areas for Interior Alaska
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Governor Palin has issued a disaster declaration for interior communities hit by flooding. State Department of Emergency Services spokesman Jeremy Zidek  says the declaration facilitates coordination between agencies, eases access to disaster assistance funding.

Anchorage Organizers Plan Eagle Relief
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Anchorage residents that wish to help out with relief efforts for Eagle residents can drop off donations of clothing, rubber boots and other supplies to the Cook Inlet Tribal Council office.

Kalskag Now Threatened by Flooding Kuskokwim
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
Break up on the Kuskokwim River is now sending flood waters into the village of Kalskag. It’s the latest village to be threatened by floodwaters along the river.

Experts Prompt US to Take Larger Role in the Arctic
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
The Arctic is changing rapidly – and the United States needs to catch up with other nations to cope – and influence the future of the Far North. That’s the opinion of experts who gathered in Washington yesterday (Tues) for a round-table discussion on the global implications of a warming Arctic.

Shell Adapts Plans for Drilling in Beaufort Sea
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
Shell oil is adapting its Beaufort Sea offshore drilling plans to address public concerns about the pace and size it originally proposed. The plan has been the subject of litigation in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Federal Officials Setting Limits on Halibut Charters
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Federal officials are again limiting Southeast Alaska charter clients to one halibut a day.

Anchorage Elects Dan Sullivan New Mayor
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Dan Sullivan is Anchorage’s next mayor. In yesterday’s run-off election, the businessman and former Anchorage Assembly member collected approximately 57 percent of the votes.

Health Consortium Hosts Palliative Care Symposium
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Health care professionals serving Indigenous populations in several states as well as Canada and New Zealand are taking part in the first ever telehealth palliative care symposium being coordinated by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s cancer planning program.

Unalaskans Get Behind Annual Community Clean-Up
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
Each year Unalaskans participate in the community clean-up week. But some take the project to a deeper level.