Alaska News Nightly: June 4, 2009

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Former Legislators to Be Released From Prison
Lori Townsend and Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Former state representatives Pete Kott and Vic Kohring are going to be released from
prison.  The Attorney General has decided that prosecutors held back
important evidence from their attorneys when they were tried and convicted
on corruption charges in 2007.

Kott Attorney Pleased with Decision
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
The attorney who represented Pete Kott at his trial said he was “ecstatic” when he heard about Attorney General Holder’s decision.

Judge Maintains One-Fish Halibut Limit
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
A federal judge in Washington has refused to stop a one-fish limit for halibut charter clients in Southeast Alaska from going into effect.

Two More Swine Flu Cases Discovered
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is reporting two new positive test results for the H1N1 or swine flu in Alaska.

Management Plan For Hatcher Pass to Get Update
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Growing use by recreational-minded Alaskans is prompting the state Department of Natural Resources to update a management plan for the greater Hatcher Pass area.

NOAA Scientists Try New Survey Method
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
NOAA Fisheries scientists are using a new method for surveying the southern edge of the Bering Sea ice pack for seals as they both move north.

Environmental Group to Sue For Seal Protection
The Associated Press
An environmental group says it will sue the federal government to force a decision on additional protections for Arctic seals.

Salt Coming Back to Juneau Streets
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The state Department of Transportation will be taking a step back in time with road maintenance this winter.

Dry Weather Increases Fire Danger for Tongass
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka
The prolonged warm, dry weather enjoyed by Southeast Alaskans so far this summer comes with a price: increased fire danger in the Tongass National Forest.

State Fire Crews Pulling Back From Snowshoe Fire
The Associated Press
State forest fire officials have pulled back crews from the Broken Snowshoe wildfire near McGrath.