Alaska News Nightly: June 19, 2009

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Former Lieutenant Governor Boucher Dies
The Associated Press
Alaska’s first elected lieutenant governor, H.A. “Red” Boucher died today at his Anchorage home. He was 88.

Changes Made to Managing Permanent Fund
Dave Donaldson, APRN – Juneau
The Trustees of the Permanent Fund last month approved a new way of managing the $30 billion dollars in assets for which they are responsible. The changes go into effect on July 1.

Drilling Methods Hike Availability of Natural Gas
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Improvements in drilling methods have caused an upsurge in the availability of natural gas resources across the US, according to a new report released on Friday.

Murkowski Wants Senate Leadership Post
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Senator Lisa Murkowski is throwing her name into contention for a top GOP leadership job.  She’s vying to become the Senate Republican’s Conference vice chairman.

Begich to Host Colleagues for Alaska Tour
Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC
Senator Mark Begich plans to lead a group of his colleagues on a trip north to Alaska later this summer to witness the effects of climate change.

Thousands Take Advantage of Energy Rebate
Alex Hotz, KFSK – Petersburg
For a little over a year, thousands of Alaskan residents have been taking advantage of an energy rebate program that reimburses homeowners for retrofitting their homes.

Board of Education Wants Accountability
Rebecca Sheir, KTOO – Juneau
The State Board of Education is holding poorly-performing schools even more accountable to Alaska’s parents.

Coast Guard Orders Temp Relief of Cutter Officer
The Associated Press and Alex Hotz, KFSK – Petersburg
Alaska’s Coast Guard commander has ordered a temporary relief of command for the officer in charge of the cutter Elderberry.

Group Wants to Restore Sitka Cathedral Bells
Emily Schwing, KCAW – Sitka
The bells of the Cathedral of Saint Michael the Archangel could ring again after more than 40 years of silence if the Sitka Historical Society can pull off a cleaning and restoration project this summer.