Alaska News Nightly: May 26, 2009

State Fights First Major Wildfire
State Fights First Major Wildfire Near McGrath

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State Fights Season’s First Wildfire
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The state is fighting the season’s first big wildfire in the interior. The Broken Snowshoe Fire is burning about 10 to 15 miles north east of McGrath. Alaska Fire Service spokesman Doug Stockdale says the roughly 5 thousand acre blaze is drawing considerable suppression resources.

Violations of Open Burning Suspensions Continuing
Casey Kelly, KBBI – Homer
Despite fire officials’ best efforts and the biggest wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula in two years, people continue to violate the open burning suspension issued by the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Agency Wants Views on Commercial Fishing in Arctic Waters
Ben Stanton, KDLL – Kenai
A federal agency says it will open a public comment period on a proposal to prohibit commercial fishing in Arctic waters in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the plan in February.

Fishing Charters Suing to Block Restrictions
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Six Southeast charter fishing businesses are suing to block new halibut catch restrictions. A top fisheries official says the lawsuit could lead to a reduction in the number of halibut that can be caught in Southeast waters.

Yukon River Completes Breakup Run
Shane Iverson, KYUK – Bethel
The Yukon River has completed its devastating breakup run. The Coastal Villages of Emmonak and Alakanuk were the latest and final communities to experience Yukon flooding.

State Begins Process for Getting Federal Disaster Help
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Anchorage
Villages in flood-damaged areas of the state are now beginning the process of a Presidential Declaration of a Disaster that will open more resources to rebuild the damage that has occurred there in recent weeks.

Search Ends for Denali Climber
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
The National Park Service has called off the search for a climber who has been missing on Denali for nearly a week. There has been no sign of Doctor Gerald Myers, of Colorado, or his gear during six days of air and ground searching.

Summer Jobs for Students Not as Plentiful
Suzanna Caldwell, APRN – Anchorage
Every summer, high school and college students across the nation flock to find work. But this year, many are discovering that scoring a decent job isn’t easy. Alaska has been cushioned from much of the economic hardships faced in the Lower 48. But some young Alaskans are finding that summer employment isn’t quite as bountiful as it once was.

Inter-Tribal Council Meets in Anchorage
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Alaska Inter-Tribal Council is meeting with tribal leaders from across the state as well as leaders from Alaska Native Corporations in Anchorage over the next three days to address a myriad of ongoing concerns for Alaska Natives.

Homer Author Dan Coyle’s New Book Released
Marcia Lynn, KBBI – Homer
Homer author Dan Coyle’s newest book is called “The Talent Code.” It springs from his search to understand how people learn to excel in a variety of skills.

Haines Attraction Joins Ranks of Internationally Famous
Tara Bicknell, KHNS – Haines
How did a Haines attraction join the ranks of Stonehenge, the Roman Coliseum and the Great Wall of China?