Alaska News Nightly: June 5, 2009

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State Launches Next Steps for Gas Pipeline
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The state is opening a one-year project to do the basic engineering studies that will set up the design leading to the eventual construction of an in-state gas pipeline from the North Slope.

Unclear What Happens Next for Freed Lawmakers
Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage
Observers say its not yet clear what the next step will be in responding to yesterday’s bombshell announcement that the U-S Justice Department wants convicted former state legislators Pete Kott and Vic Kohring released from prison.

New Alaska Supreme Court Justice Elected
The Associated Press
Walter Carpeneti has been elected as the new chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court.

FAA Closing Weather Stations
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Federal Aviation Administration officials are planning to close twenty on-site weather stations in air route traffic control centers across the nation.

Good Progress Made on North Pole Wildfire
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The State Division of forestry reports good progress on a wildfire in a North Pole neighborhood.

Humane Society Providing Help for Dogs in Yukon River Villages
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
The Humane Society and a major dog food maker are getting involved in the effort to feed sled dogs in flood damaged Yukon River villages.

Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Leaving
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Alaska’s chief medical officer Dr. Jay Butler is leaving the department of Health and Social Services to take a new position with the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Cavers and Scientists Exploring New Areas
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – Juneau
Cavers and scientists are exploring new underground areas of Alaska. They’re discovering new caverns and the mineral formations hidden inside.

A Beautiful Journey Profiles Daisy Deminteiff
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
Most of us appreciate the skill of Alaska Native basket makers, but far fewer are aware of the knowledge needed to collect and prepare the materials.