Alaska News Nightly: June 30, 2009

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Lawmakers To Review High Fuel Prices
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Three state lawmakers want hearings on a bill aimed at stemming high fuel prices. Democratic Representatives Pete Peterson and Chris Tuck of Anchorage and Scott Kawasaki of Fairbanks say hearings will allow quicker action on an anti-price gouging bill that failed to advance last session.

Fishing Spots Closing
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Disappointing king salmon runs in Southcentral Alaska have resulted in sport fishing closures in many a popular fishing hole.

Some Anchorage Businesses Taking Steps to Avoid Discrimination
Suzanna Caldwell, APRN – Anchorage
The Anchorage Assembly has been hearing testimony regarding a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance that would protect gay and lesbians. But some Alaska businesses have already taken steps to make sure that employees will remain protected, regardless.

Denali National Park Workers Threaten Strike
The Associated Press
About 16 bus mechanics, radio technicians and warehouse workers at Denali National Park have authorized a strike before one of the busiest holidays at the park.

Federal Archives Building in Anchorage on Hold
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
Prime land in midtown Anchorage is sitting idle due to a federal-level snafu.  It seems that plans for a new Anchorage center for the National Archives and Records Administration are on hold, and a government report indicates that local developers could have doubled their money at government expense.

No Signs of Foul Play in Deaths of Anchorage Homeless Men
Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage
The Anchorage Police Department announced on Monday that investigations into the deaths of five homeless men during May and June show no sign of foul play.

UAF Journalism Students Heading to Iraq
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
A group of University of Alaska Fairbanks journalism students are headed to Iraq. The trio will imbed with the Ft. Wainwright based Stryker Brigade in August to report during the final weeks of the unit’s deployment in Diyala province.

Jamaican Teaming with Mackey for 2010 Iditarod
Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks
Jamaican musher Newton Marshall is teaming with Lance Mackey for a run at the 2010 Iditarod.   Marshall completed the Yukon Quest last winter under the tutelage of Hans Gatt out of Whitehorse.

Students Getting Hands-On Lessons in Unalaska
Anne Hillman, KUCB – Unalaska
This summer, students are taking a hands-on look at some of the things that make Unalaska unique.