Alaska News Nightly: June 9, 2009

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US Senate Committee Takes Up Energy Bill
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
The US Senate Energy Committee tackled the oil and gas part of its massive energy bill in Washington today.

Murkowski and Begich Allied on Pipeline
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Outside the Energy Committee and across the aisle, US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) has a supporter for her pipeline loan guarantee measures.  Alaska’s junior senator, Mark Begich (D).

Improved Health Care System Could Help Economy
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
A report released on Tuesday says that improvements in the nation’s health care system will also translate into improvements in the economy.

Telida Threatened by Wildfire
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A wildfire in the western interior is encroaching on the upper Kuskokwim River village of Telida.

Juneau School Board Considering Drug Tests
Rebecca Sheir, KTOO – Juneau
The Juneau School Board is considering drug-testing high-school students in athletics and activities.

Kodiak Telecom Company to Expand
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
The company that brought high speed fiber optic telecommunications to Kodiak is planning an expansion.

Obama Picks BLM, Fish and Wildlife Nominees
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
President Barack Obama has announced his nominees to run the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Opilio Crab Quota Could be Slashed
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
The quota for Opilio crab could be slashed this year. The total allowable catch might be drastically lowered from 58.6 million pounds last season to as low as 16 million pounds.

Kodiak’s Commercial Salmon Season Begins
Erik Wander, KMXT – Kodiak
The Kodiak area commercial salmon season starts today.