Alaska News Nightly: June 1, 2009

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Eagle Residents Working to Clean Up After Flooding
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Eagle residents have started the long cleanup process after record ice jam flooding destroyed much of the Interior community this spring. Large blocks of ice are still stranded on land at the old village site.

Study: Huge Amounts of Undiscovered Oil In Alaska Waters
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
The largest amount of undiscovered oil above the Arctic Circle is in Alaskan waters. That’s according to a new study from the US Geological Survey that looks at the potential for finding oil and gas across the arctic. The report was published in the journal “Science” last week.

University Professor Calls for Diversity in Organizations
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
The more an organization embraces diversity, the more successful it’s likely to be. That was the message of a Vancouver University professor and theologian who conducted a dialogue in Anchorage yesterday on Race and Diversity in the Workplace.

Company Taking Next Steps on Wind Farm
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A private company is taking another step in development of a wind farm near Delta Junction. Fairbanks based Alaska Environmental Power began the project last year with the installation of a 100 kilowatt turbine. Managing partner Mike Craft says a second much larger unit will go up this summer.

Commercial Salmon Season Starts in Lower Cook Inlet
Marcia Lynn, KBBI – Homer
The 2009 commercial salmon season starts today in Lower Cook Inlet, and the forecast is calling for a slightly larger catch this year. A new management change is also affecting the harvest in some areas.

Salmon Derby Ends with Close Finish
Tara Bicknell, KHNS – Haines
The 31st annual King Salmon Derby in Haines ended Sunday, with the closest win in memory.

LeConte Glacier Advancing
Alex Hotz, KFSK – Petersburg
LeConte Glacier near Petersburg has advanced 300 feet, according to the results of this year’s glacier survey by Petersburg High School students. The annual survey is lead by a local science teacher, who took six students to the site this year.